with Senior Management

Multipurpose Hall 1 (55.222)
11 October 2019, 1530-1730
The Dialogue with Senior Management is a regular event for the SUTD Community to discuss the issues we face together and how we might collaborate to address them. In this iteration of the dialogue, we will be featuring a prominently lengthened 1h 35 mins of structured and moderated discussion on the major topics that students have identified. This thereby allows students to maximise the opportunity to collaborate with Senior Management on addressing pressing concerns that resonate with the majority.
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Program Flow

5 mins
Sharing by Management
20 mins
Structured Q&A
1 hour 35 mins
Networking Session
Post Event


  • Pre-Grass Survey

    To determine our DSM Q&A topics.
    This form aims to help ROOT better understand the issues that you might have been facing in SUTD and your response will determine how these issues are addressed during the upcoming DSM.

    Week 2

  • Grass Session

    To collaborate with our peers to discover deeper insight to the major concerns raised from the pre-GRASS survey, in a dynamic and open manner.
    Held on, Monday, 30th September, when we will dive deeper into selected issues to shortlist the main topics to be raised with SUTD's Senior Management during our dialogue session with them.

    Week 3

  • Post-Grass Survey

    To explore, validate and confirm DSM Q&A Topical Questions.
    We would greatly appreciate and encourage your continued support and involvement, through your enthusiastic participation in each stage of the process. Do save the dates and take this chance to get involved in helping to shape the future of SUTD!

    Week 4

  • DSM Day

    Come down and share your view with the management of SUTD and get firsthand opinion on issues you’re most concerned with!

    11 October

History of DSM

The very first Dialogue with Senior Management (DSM) was conceived from a collaboration between ROOT and enthusiastic fellow students. The objective was to create a platform for the SUTD community to engage each other and collaborate on key issues that we faced together.

Since then, we have worked to develop the format of the dialogue to better cater to the different stakeholders in SUTD. The sharing segment by Senior Management and a post-DSM mingling session were introduced.

The past 2 DSMs have led to the establishing of strong working relations with the university's administration which resulted in discussions on key developments in SUTD regarding facilities, administration and academics. SUTD's Senior Management even shared that they were increasingly optimistic of future collaborations with students.

In the upcoming iteration of DSM, we will have a more professional event execution and focus the DSM on a structured and moderated Q&A.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions in DSM.

The doors at L2 and L3 are armed earlier due to security concerns; as there are minimal number of staff on duty. Following a user survey late last year, we have since extended the opening hours of the entrances at L2 and L3 to 6:30pm.

We will progressively add such spaces where identified or required but as at the moment, study spaces provided at the existing spaces are still adequate for needs eg library, classrooms etc. However, if there are specific proposed locations, we can look into it in more detail.

Students returning from GEXP in January are welcome to apply for housing during a supplementary housing exercise in November, the year before. More information will be made available on the Housing website by early November. Applications will be processed based on the undergraduate housing allocation scheme.

We had launched our first ASD GES results in 2018. Data on ASD graduates are obtained from a follow-up survey on ASD graduates after they have completed their practical training. 2018 GES results are published in: https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/post-secondary/files/web-publication-sutd-ges-2018.pdf.

We continue to strive for improvements in our processes and guidelines in order to smoothen the process and make it easier for SUTD students to go abroad for academic exchanges. In GEXP 2018, we have implemented the flexibility in allowing students to pursue pillar electives instead of HASS in partner universities for exchange, and allowing them the flexibility to enroll into 2 HASS subjects when they return from exchange in Term 7 with the change in the academic guidelines. Following the feedback from GEXP 2018 students, we have put in place a process where students will be able to enroll in Term 7 courses in the system while waiting for their GEXP official transcripts and credit transfer. For students who are required to take 2 HASS courses in Term 7, they will be pre-identified and given special access to select 2 HASS courses in the system.

Global Exchange Program (GEXP) will be available to ASD students from Fall 2020. Details will be shared by International Relations Office in June /July 2019. On other platforms, ASD organises overseas study trips over the recess weeks for students to experience architecture and meet people related to the course.

It was a one-time issue during the first quiz. The external vendor (Vocareum) was being told to fix the problem and they did. There were no issues for the rest of the quizzes and exams.

We believe in seeking and incorporating students’ comments and feedback. The Hostel Allocation Scheme was a student led initiative. It was created by the Hostel Allocation Committee whose members were entirely from Student Government and House Guardians. We provide a platform for Executive Committee from the Clubs to share with us their Annual Report, Work Plan and Budget Plan during the annual Pulse Check session held in Jan. During this face-to-face session, the clubs’ performances are reviewed based on the Fifth Row Performance Appraisal Checklists which had been made known to the Clubs. Attendance at such review session is compulsory and the attendees are representatives from the Clubs’ Executive Committees, Student Government – Student Initiatives (SI) and the Staff Advisor from OSL. Moving forward, Office of Student Life will be sharing the Funding Allocation Guideline with the Clubs at the Pulse Check 2020 session.

Students can call the main line (tel : 63036600) and select options to connect with student related matters and depts. like finance & procurement, facilities, HR and marketing and communication. Alternatively, they can also speak to the reception at One Stop Centre and be connected to other relevant depts accordingly.