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Students from the Singapore Management University’s Real Estate Track receive first Mapletree Awards
06 Aug 2019
  • First Mapletree Awards were given to three Real Estate Track students who have achieved excellent academic results as well as participated in Real Estate Study Trips and internships

Singapore Mapletree Investments (“Mapletree” or “the Group”) is pleased to announce the conferment of the first Mapletree Awards to three students from the Real Estate Track at Singapore Management University (“SMU”) last Thursday, 1 August 2019. The Mapletree Awards aim to identify undergraduate students from the Real Estate Track under the Lee Kong Chian School of Business and School of Economics (SMU) who have achieved good academic results as well as shown strong interest and aptitude in the areas of Real Estate Investments and Finance through participation in Real Estate Study Trips and internships. 

The Mapletree Awards are part of the Mapletree-SMU Real Estate Programme established at SMU in January 2018 with an endowed donation from Mapletree. It is a multi-faceted Programme that aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge and cross-disciplinary skills to navigate the growing real estate sector in Singapore and globally. A maximum of five Mapletree Awards, valued at S$8,000 per award, could be given out annually to eligible students. More information on the SMU Real Estate Track can be found in the Appendix. 

The two graduating students who have received the Awards at the annual SOE’s Commencement Ceremony were:
• Ms Michelle Ong Li Ya, who has participated in the Shanghai and Hangzhou Real Estate Study Trip (October 2018);
• Ms Shane Phung Li Ling, who has participated in the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Real Estate Study Trip (May 2019).

Additionally, Mr Lau Chun Kit, who is a promising third-year student in the Real Estate Track and has participated in both Study Trips, will also receive the Mapletree Award for Academic Year (AY) 2018 –2019. 

Ms Shane Phung shared that, “I started the Real Estate Track only in my Final Year thus receiving the first Mapletree Awards is an acknowledgement for my hard work. I feel excited for the future batches of students in this Track which has been very comprehensive and enriching. It will definitely open doors to career options in real estate investments, asset management, and valuations among others.”

Ms Michelle Ong echoed her fellow graduate’s views, “I am grateful for the Mapletree Award and more importantly for the exposure that the Real Estate Track has provided me. Despite being a relatively new Track, it offers a rigorous curriculum with a wide range of modules, and together with the Study Trips and internships, created a rewarding experience. With the real estate industry experiencing strong growth and expansion especially in Asia, I feel well-equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Mr Hiew Yoon Khong, Mapletree Group Chief Executive Officer, said, "Education is one of the four key pillars of Mapletree’s corporate social responsibility programme. We hope that the Mapletree Awards will encourage more students to join the Real Estate Track, including to participate in local and overseas Study Trips as they strive for academic excellence and learning outside the classroom.”

The partnership between SMU and Mapletree dates back to 2013 with Mapletree Bursary awards for SMU students, and continues further with a second endowed gift of S$3 million to SMU in 2017. With 1:1 government matching, the total sum of S$6 million has enabled the launch of a multi-faceted partnership in January 2018 named the ‘Mapletree Real Estate Programme[1]’. 

[1] Information about the Mapletree Real Estate Programme can be found in this press release:

[2] More information on the inaugural Mapletree Annual Lecture can be found in this press release:


(From L-R) Prof Francis Koh, Mapletree Professor of Real Estate and SMU Professor of Finance, Prof Hoon Hian Teck, Interim Dean, SMU School of Economics, Ms Shane Phung Li Ling, Mapletree Award AY18/19 recipient, Ms Michelle Ong Li Ya, Mapletree Award AY18/19 recipient, Mr Lau Chun Kit, Mapletree Award AY18/19 recipient and Mr Wan Kwong Weng, Group Chief Corporate Officer, Mapletree Investments

(From L-R) Prof Francis Koh, Mapletree Professor of Real Estate and SMU Professor of Finance, Prof Hoon Hian Teck, Interim Dean, SMU School of Economics, and Mr Wan Kwong Weng, Group Chief Corporate Officer, Mapletree Investments, presenting the Mapletree Award AY18/19 to Mr Lau Chun Kit (2nd from right)


Eileen Lee

Manager, Corporate Communications

Mapletree Investments

Tel: (65) 6659 3669




Mapletree is a leading real estate development, investment, capital and property management company headquartered in Singapore. Its strategic focus is to invest in markets and real estate sectors with good growth potential. By combining its key strengths, the Group has established a track record of award-winning projects, and delivers consistent and high returns across real estate asset classes.

Mapletree currently manages four Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and six private equity real estate funds, which hold a diverse portfolio of assets in Asia Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).

As at 31 March 2019, Mapletree owns and manages S$55.7 billion of office, retail, logistics, industrial, residential and lodging properties.

The Group’s assets are located across 12 markets globally, namely Singapore, Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, the UK, the US and Vietnam. To support its global operations, Mapletree has established an extensive network of offices in these countries.

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Launched in AY2018, the Real Estate Track is open to all SMU undergraduates who are majoring (first or second major) in Finance or Economics. Designed with industrial inputs, the course content leverages their foundation in finance and economics, and further equips undergraduates with specialised knowledge and multi-disciplinary expertise which are essential to tap the real estate market for investments in the region and beyond. 

The curriculum is cross-disciplinary, comprising compulsory modules such as real estate economics, real estate investments & finance and real estate law; and other modules such as valuation and taxation, project financing, infrastructure finance, urban economics and policy, and real estate development. Academic courses are complemented with exposure to real-world business practices, case studies and experiential learning opportunities, such as speaker events, local and overseas internships, as well as local and overseas study trips, giving them the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in real life corporate case studies and access to mentors and resources. 

The Real Estate Track will prepare students for diverse roles including real estate investment and development, advisory, leasing, financing; Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) management; investment banking; consulting and agency management. Graduates will be well-placed to take up positions in commercial and private banks, real estate consulting companies, real estate developers and REITs.