SIM's Heritage

Founded in 1964 on the initiative of Singapore Economic Development Board, the Singapore Institute of Management Group Limited (SIM) started out as a professional society with a social mission of advancing management excellence and developing manpower in support of Singapore's growth. Over the years, SIM has steadily built its reputation in adult learning. Today, we are a leading private education and lifelong learning institution in Singapore offering a diverse range of education pathways and professional training for both individuals and enterprises.

SIM PDEL is committed to helping working professionals and enterprises level up for the future of work with bespoke learning and development solutions to support the sustainable competitive advantage needed to forge ahead. We will continue to help enterprises build organisational capital through innovative learning solutions that positively impact business goals.

  • 1960s: Birth of a national institute to mould business leaders for economic development

    With a founding grant from the Economic Development Board, SIM was set up in 1964 to develop professional managers and leaders to marshal economic development​

    Short crash courses helped equip managers with the necessary skills to manage organisations successfully​

  • 1970s: Reinforcing foundation for management training and manpower development

    SIM pioneered and launched three major diploma programmes in management studies, marketing and personnel development​

    Success of programmes laid strong foundation for other certificate and degree programmes to follow

  • 1980s: Transforming the private educational landscape in Singapore​

    With a booming economy and greater demand for higher education, SIM radically changed the education landscape of Singapore by collaborating with renowned overseas universities to offer their degree programmes locally ​

    SIM launched signature programmes – Annual Management Lecture and The Job of the Chief Executive​

  • 1990s: Coming of age with MOE’s charter to run Open University Programmes​

    SIM was invited by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to run the Open University Degree Programme (OUDP) in partnership with the Open University of the United Kingdom (OUUK)​

    OUDP received accreditation from OUUK and was renamed the SIM Open University Centre; this became the seed for the formation of SIM University later on​

    Industry-relevant degree courses were offered, including courses for the skills upgrading of teachers

  • 2000s: Birth of Singapore’s first private university for working adults​

    SIM received MOE’s mandate to start a private university for working adults – SIM University (UniSIM), the first and only university in Singapore dedicated to adult learners​

    SIM was restructured into three business entities – UniSIM, Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd (SIM Global Education) and SIM Professional Development​

    SIM’s headquarters campus at Clementi was officially opened by Dr. Tony Tan, then Deputy Prime Minister​

  • 2010s and beyond: Geared to support Singapore’s next phase of development through education and training​

    $300m campus extension at Clementi was officially opened by Mr. Lim Hng Kiang, then Minister for Trade and Industry, in conjunction with SIM 50th anniversary​

    UniSIM was designated by the Government to provide publicly-funded full-time university places and to host Singapore’s third law school. It subsequently became the sixth Autonomous university and renamed Singapore University of Social Sciences​

    SIM Annual Management Lecture was renamed and re-launched as Singapore Management Festival​

    New business unit – Singapore (Cambodia) International Academy – was launched in Cambodia to offer education pathways based on Singapore and Cambridge curricula​

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