On 29 October 2015, SIM University (UniSIM) launched the Master of Non-Profit Management (MNPM) programme, developed in collaboration with Social Service Institute (SSI). The event, which took place at SSI’s headquarters, brought together a committed group of stakeholders, including leaders from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Sport Singapore, National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and other non-profit groups.
The event kicked off with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between UniSIM and Sport Singapore, and UniSIM and NCSS, by Professor Tsui Kai Chong, Provost of UniSIM; Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Singapore; and Mr Sim Gim Guan, Chief Executive Officer of NCSS. With the sealing of the partnerships, the parties pledged to work together on scholarships and sponsorships for the MNPM programme, which will see its first intake in July 2016, and facilitate the sharing of expertise and resources in the development of leadership capacities in the non-profit sector.
Following the signing ceremony, Mr Anthony Teo, co-founder of Harvard Singapore Foundation and UniSIM Adjunct Professor, presented a donation to UniSIM’s endowment fund, on behalf of Madam Madeline Lee, Executor of Estate of Wong Leng Ning. He also announced the donation of a beautiful sculpture mounted on a black marble pedestal, entitled “Wings”, by famed sculptor Mr Yeo Chee Kiong. The silvery icon, which resembles a pair of wings, reflects UniSIM’s commitment to the social sector, community and leadership, and aims to inspire all at UniSIM to soar towards success.
The event concluded with a public lecture by Professor Robert M. Sheehan, Jr., Principal of Sheehan Nonprofit Consulting and Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland – College Park.
During the talk, which was based on his book entitled Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits, Professor Sheehan highlighted how strategic vision and goal-setting could revolutionise an organisation’s ability to make an impact on innovation, creativity and bottom-line results. He emphasised the need for organisations to realise the limitations of “reasonable” goal-setting and instead encouraged the importance of creating an aspirational vision that would guide the organisation to breakthrough performance. Professor Sheehan also shared two important goal-setting primer, viz., Great Leaders Have A Healthy Disregard For The Impossible – that it is important to set goals that inspire and go for it, as many things that people once thought impossible have been accomplished; and Celebrate Noble Failure – to appreciate the progress made and the hard work put in at something one really cared about, and not let the fear of failure keep one from doing what truly inspires.
Professor Tsui Kai Chong (left) exchanging the signed MOU with Mr Sim Gim Guan.
(From left) Mr Lim Teck Yin and Professor Tsui Kai Chong signed the agreements and sealed the deal with a firm handshake.
Adjunct Professor Anthony Teo presenting the sculpture “Wings”.
Professor Robert M. Sheehan, Jr. inspiring the audience with his breakthrough strategies for non-profits.