Singapore Management University launches “Investment Studio” for students to conduct business and financial research

(27 January 2015) The Singapore Management University launched the Investment Studio on 15th January 2015 for students to conduct business and financial research. The newly-renovated, state-of-the-art facility is located within the Li Ka Shing Library and houses high-end financial terminals such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and EIKON while allowing access to many other business and financial databases.

SMU Provost and Deputy President Professor Rajendra K Srivastava said, “Among several of other refurbishments that have taken place in the SMU Li Ka Shing Library, the Investment Studio has been created in response to a demand for more learning space. We are very pleased that the library is adding value to the space by giving our students an opportunity to do business and financial research, and at the same time get hands-on experience with using the various financial terminals. This will certainly augment our students’ knowledge and develop their expertise in this area.”

Large screens assist group work in the Investment Studio

Large screens assist group work in the Investment Studio

“We certainly hope that this cutting-edge facility with terminals that can allow students access to real-time business and financial data will help our students in preparing them for the financial world for when they graduate, so they are familiar with these tools when they gain employment,” said the University Librarian Ms. Gulcin Cribb.

The dedicated space offers a professional environment where students can build up essential technical skills in using the databases which are widely used by practitioners and established as industry standards.

The financial terminals come with large screens for ease of reviewing spreadsheets and multiple rows of figures. The studio also features large tables for group collaboration and a projection system called ShowMe, which allows students to project their work from laptops to an even larger LCD screen with just a click of a button.

With collaboration tables and LCD screens to facilitate discussions, the Investment Studio also promotes teamwork, interactive learning and development of communication skills.

The Investment Studio is part of a recent upgrade to the library space to meet the students’ need for learning space. Other improvements to the library include the Hive – a new flexible learning space equipped with innovative technology, bigger monitor screens which can be connected to laptops to facilitate group learning at several study areas, a Graduate Lounge for postgraduates to study, read, or hold discussions, Video Call Booths which students can use to conduct video chats and phonecalls and a Reflective Lounge with scenic views of SMU’s Campus Green, the Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum.

Visit SMU’s Investment Studio at the Li Ka Shing Library here.