Contributing to a learning nation
SIM was started on November 28, 1964 as a not-for-profit membership institution with the mission of developing Singapore’s human resource pool.
In the early years SIM offered crash courses in management disciplines for senior managers and supervisory personnel.
In 1973, it launched its first formal management education programme – Diploma in Management Studies. Gradually the Institute increased its portfolio to include a wide range of diploma, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes in partnership with more than 10 established universities worldwide.
SIM was selected by the Ministry of Education in 1992 to run the accredited Open University Degree Programme in Singapore, which was renamed SIM Open University Centre in 2002.
In January 2005, the Ministry of Education granted approval for a SIM University, with the first student intake in January 2006.
"For close to four decades, SIM has helped to educate, train and develop Singapore's manpower in line with the nation's economic and industrial development. I look forward to SIM's continued contribution to Singapore's strategic thrust to build a learning nation in the quest towards becoming an innovation-driven economy of the future."
– Dr Tony Tan, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence at the opening of SIM's new headquarters on October 19, 2001