Date of Interview
Founding Dean of Students, SMU, 2000–2011
Member of SMU start-up team
An SMU ‘pioneer’, Professor Low Aik Meng was one of the first three faculty to join the start-up team for the new university in 1998. Curriculum development was one his early responsibilities. Professor Low is best known for his next assignment—in 2000 he was appointed as SMU’s founding dean of students, a role in which he was responsible for all aspects of student life outside the classroom. In keeping with the aims of the start-up team, SMU aimed to provide students with a holistic educational experience which included leadership and teambuilding skills, as well as the development of a sense of ethics and social responsibility.
Professor Low championed the concept of an ‘SMU family’ and worked to build a close-knit community with fewer barriers between students and faculty. He took a personal interest in student welfare in matters ranging from freshmen teambuilding camp, to financial assistance, to service projects, clubs and activities. He retired from SMU in July 2011.
He established two annual awards, the Dean of Students Award and the AM Low Trailblazer Award. These awards are given to students who have made significant contributions—beyond academic studies— to the university or the community at large.
Professor Low worked as an accountant before joining academia in 1974. He was a faculty member at the University of Singapore, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, before joining SMU. His teaching focus was financial accounting. He served as vice dean of accountancy and business administration at NUS, and as vice dean and director of the MBA programme at Nanyang Business School, NTU. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics such as auditing, entrepreneurship, accounting and postgraduate education.
In recognition of his dedicated service, the Singapore Government awarded him the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2010.
Low Aik Meng holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the then University of Singapore and a master of commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Higher Education Administration
Audio Visual Source
Low, Aik Meng, "Conceptualising SMU : The People and Ideas behind the SMU Story, Oral History Interview with Low Aik Meng (Excerpt with Audio)" (2011). Oral History Collection. Paper 7.