Award for Murdoch's Singapore partner

March 15, 2012

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One of Murdoch University’s partner organisations in Singapore, SMa Institute of Higher Learning, has been named one of the country’s top three private schools.

SMa was praised in the annual SPH AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards, which are voted for by readers of media in the Singapore Press Holdings group.

Murdoch has offered courses in partnership with SMa since 2004.

Richard Soh, Chief Executive Officer of SMa, said: “SMa is only eight years old and we were by far the youngest organization in the top three – the other two listed, SIM and PSB, each has more than 40 years’ experience in higher learning. This shows that we are on the right track in providing high quality education.

“We would not have been able to achieve this award without the strong support of partners like Murdoch University. It will motivate us further to continue the path of academic excellence and beyond.”

Philip Payne, Vice President – Transnational at Murdoch University, said: “I congratulate SMa and the Institute of Higher Learning on a very impressive achievement.”

More than 150,000 readers’ votes were cast in the awards in 24 categories over a three-month voting period – a 30 per cent increase on last year’s awards. The Best Private School category was one of the three categories to attract the highest number of votes.

Yeo Guat Kwang, President of the Consumers Association of Singapore and Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony.

Mr Yeo said: “Winning over consumers is not just a popularity game, but an exercise in keeping up one's standards and constantly innovating to provide the best to one's customers.”

Congratulating the winners, Adrian Tay, Editor of AsiaOne, said: “They have every reason to be proud of their performance as this year's AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards saw stiffer competition due to the increased number of votes.

“Our readers are not easily swayed by fancy advertising or gimmicks. So, coming in tops in the Awards is indeed an achievement.”

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