SIM University Sets Up Endowment Fund To Advance Leadership In Social Services

  1. SIM University (UniSIM) has set up its first endowment fund with S$1 million to help advance leadership in the 'helping' community, in areas such as counselling, social work, gerontology and community leadership and social development. 
      
  2. Named the Social Resilience Enhancement Fund (SREF), the Fund was seeded by a grant of S$500,000 from the Harvard-Singapore Foundation (HSF), with an equal matching sum from UniSIM. The Fund will further knowledge and skills and develop leaders in the 'helping' professions and social development primarily through education and training. The Fund will be held in perpetuity with only its earned income to be used in several ways:
    • Study sponsorships. Selected UniSIM students reading related Masters programmes conducted by its School of Human Development and Social Services will be sponsored up to 80% of course fees. The list of these programmes and their descriptions is provided in the Annex. 
    • Visiting faculty programme. Reimbursement for travel-related expenses for visiting faculty members who lecture in the same UniSIM Masters programmes. 
    • Eminent speaker engagement. Reimbursement for travel-related expenses for speakers of special lectures on topics related to the helping and social development disciplines. 
       
  1. Each year, a UniSIM committee will decide on the allocations of funds and also the selection of the sponsored individuals and visiting faculty.
'Helping' Professions 
  1. Set up in 2005, UniSIM is Singapore's first private1 university dedicated to adult learning. Currently, it offers more than 50 part-time programmes across undergraduate and postgraduate levels to more than 12,000 students who are mainly working professionals. Of its seven graduate programmes, four which are offered by its School of Human Development and Social Services serve the 'helping' profession and society:
    • Master of Community Leadership and Social Development 
    • Master of Counselling 
    • Master of Gerontology 
    • Master of Social Work 
       
  1. These are areas that are fast emerging as primary concerns of our society now and more so in the years ahead. Students who are enrolled in these Masters programmes are either aspiring or experienced social workers, counsellors, gerontologists or community leaders who seek further training so as to play a bigger role and contribute more in their respective fields.
     
  2. Many of these students are serving in voluntary organisations and social and health services institutions, and juggling work, family and social commitments. While the students in selected programmes can apply for the VWO Charity's Capabilities Fund (VCF), it is hoped that the SREF will provide an additional financial relief and, in the long run, serve to encourage more to take up the 'helping' professions.
1 UniSIM has also been recently designated by the Government as one of the country’s national universities to provide publicly-fundedfull-time undergraduate studies. The new batch of students reading UniSIM’s full-time undergraduate programmes will be subsidised by the Government. Currently, UniSIM’s part-time undergraduate students are already enjoying Government subsidies of up to 55% of the tuition fees. 
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  1. SIM University (UniSIM) has set up its first endowment fund with S$1 million to help advance leadership in the 'helping' community, in areas such as counselling, social work, gerontology and community leadership and social development. 
      
  2. Named the Social Resilience Enhancement Fund (SREF), the Fund was seeded by a grant of S$500,000 from the Harvard-Singapore Foundation (HSF), with an equal matching sum from UniSIM. The Fund will further knowledge and skills and develop leaders in the 'helping' professions and social development primarily through education and training. The Fund will be held in perpetuity with only its earned income to be used in several ways:
    • Study sponsorships. Selected UniSIM students reading related Masters programmes conducted by its School of Human Development and Social Services will be sponsored up to 80% of course fees. The list of these programmes and their descriptions is provided in the Annex. 
    • Visiting faculty programme. Reimbursement for travel-related expenses for visiting faculty members who lecture in the same UniSIM Masters programmes. 
    • Eminent speaker engagement. Reimbursement for travel-related expenses for speakers of special lectures on topics related to the helping and social development disciplines. 
       
  1. Each year, a UniSIM committee will decide on the allocations of funds and also the selection of the sponsored individuals and visiting faculty.
'Helping' Professions 
  1. Set up in 2005, UniSIM is Singapore's first private1 university dedicated to adult learning. Currently, it offers more than 50 part-time programmes across undergraduate and postgraduate levels to more than 12,000 students who are mainly working professionals. Of its seven graduate programmes, four which are offered by its School of Human Development and Social Services serve the 'helping' profession and society:
    • Master of Community Leadership and Social Development 
    • Master of Counselling 
    • Master of Gerontology 
    • Master of Social Work 
       
  1. These are areas that are fast emerging as primary concerns of our society now and more so in the years ahead. Students who are enrolled in these Masters programmes are either aspiring or experienced social workers, counsellors, gerontologists or community leaders who seek further training so as to play a bigger role and contribute more in their respective fields.
     
  2. Many of these students are serving in voluntary organisations and social and health services institutions, and juggling work, family and social commitments. While the students in selected programmes can apply for the VWO Charity's Capabilities Fund (VCF), it is hoped that the SREF will provide an additional financial relief and, in the long run, serve to encourage more to take up the 'helping' professions.
1 UniSIM has also been recently designated by the Government as one of the country’s national universities to provide publicly-fundedfull-time undergraduate studies. The new batch of students reading UniSIM’s full-time undergraduate programmes will be subsidised by the Government. Currently, UniSIM’s part-time undergraduate students are already enjoying Government subsidies of up to 55% of the tuition fees. 
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