SINGAPORE, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Singapore Management University, established in 2000 as a specialized business university, is planning to expand to be a more comprehensive with programs in the humanities and even applied mathematics, a local newspaper reported on Monday.
The university's 7,000 undergraduates in business, law, information systems management, accountancy, economics and social science will be able to study subjects in history, literature and philosophy when a school of humanities is set up in the next few years, the Straits Times reported.
It will also offer a full degree course in applied mathematics.
Also on the cards is a short-stay residential college, or SMU Village, for students to incubate their project ideas.
"We no longer see ourselves as a specialized business school modeled after the Wharton School of Business, but one that stands out for its courses and research in the management of all fields including health care, public policy and art," said Ho Kwon Ping, chairman of the governing board.
The university, which has its campus in downtown Singapore, is in talks with the relevant government agencies to build the village, which will have rooms to house 600 students.
But Ho said the university will be striking out in a slightly different direction.
"Going forward, we also want to be rooted in the social, and natural sciences as well as the humanities, a comprehensive university in the European sense," he said.
Ho said the university may offer a degree in the liberal arts in future, should the humanities courses prove to be popular.
The university's president Arnoud De Meyer said it was ready to "embrace" its location within the city.
"We don't want to be an academic island within the city. We want to be part and parcel of the city and be a change agent within it," he said.