Professor Themin Suwardy
Big kid, little kid
The word “accountancy” may conjure up images of students slavishly poring over spreadsheets and ledgers, engaged in endless soulless calculations. But in Professor Themin Suwardy’s pedagogical universe, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
As with much—if not all—of SMU’s faculty, Professor Suwardy possesses a maverick spirit and an irrepressible passion for teaching that frees him from the conventions and mores of tertiary education. His deft use of technology, experiential techniques such as digital storytelling and customised individual assignments to convey complex technical concepts have ignited a revolution in the classroom, spurring students’ interest in the accounting discipline like never before.
“People remember stories better than rules and formulas,” Professor Suwardy avers. “Experiences are very important… how you get your students to go through that learning journey with you, and impart things you want them to remember.”
He attributes the success of his bold experimental approach to the flexibility that SMU’s interactive, seminar-style pedagogy affords him, an approach that SMU pioneered in Singapore right from its inception in 2000. His award-winning teaching techniques would likely languish in a typical lecture hall setting.
“All of us are big kids in one way or another. It helps when students know that you understand their world,” says Professor Suwardy, when quizzed about his penchant for alluding to movies, games and comics. “It’s all in good fun. It doesn’t alter the substance of what you’re teaching.”
“At the end of the day, it’s just about us enjoying what we do.”
Come experience Professor Suwardy’s teaching for yourself, and Discover a Different U.