More than 100 guests comprising alumni of Wharton School and Singapore Management University, academics and industry experts participated in the Wharton-SMU dialogue on 5 March 2018. Featuring a panel discussion on the topic The New World Order: Implications for Asia and Global Trade, the event was also an opportunity to reinforce the close relationship shared among the three partners. The dialogue was telecast on Channel NewsAsia.
The Wharton-Tanoto Initiative
In 2013, Tanoto Foundation established the Wharton-Tanoto Initiative which aims to improve the quality of business education and research on ASEAN with a strong focus on Indonesia through research grants to Wharton faculties. Every year, the Global Faculty Development Program under the Wharton Tanoto Initiative brings selected faculty staff from Indonesian universities to Wharton for mentoring and training on how to get their research published in top tier international journals. The Foundation also provides funding for Wharton faculty staff to travel to ASEAN with a focus on Indonesia to gain in depth first hand exposure to the region.
Sukanto Tanoto is a Member of the Board of Overseers and of the Board for Asia Members in the Wharton School. His three children, Imelda Tanoto, Belinda Tanoto and Anderson Tanoto are all Wharton alumni and have recently been included in this school’s “40 Under 40” list. Anderson sits on the Wharton Executive Board of Asia.
Tanoto Scholarship at SMU
To date, the Tanoto Foundation scholarship at SMU has benefitted a total of 30 students. The bond-free scholarship covers full tuition fees and provides an allowance for all four years of university education. SMU’s Tanoto scholars collaborate with their counterparts from other institutions in an annual student-led community service project called Project Sukacita. The project allows scholars to volunteer for activities that help raise the standard and quality of life for residents in Kerinci, Riau, Indonesia through several public health awareness and clean-up campaigns.