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Daiwa Capital Markets Company Information Session
February 08, 2017
The team that looks after Electronic Trading Solutions at Daiwa Capital Markets came to Town Centre to share with MBA students how their solutions have automated the trading processes that many executives have come to know over the years, and how they have increased connectivity and mitigated against risks in the market. In addition, students learnt about a number of internship opportunities within the organisation. During the networking session with the Daiwa team, students also came to appreciate how it is becoming more difficult to distinguish amongst front office, back office and IT functions and that technology is now the backbone of the financial services industry.
HNA Company Information Session
January 25, 2017
HNA Group came to Town Centre in January 2017 to share their company profile with the full-time MBA students. Established in the 1990s, the group has a number of business divisions, including tourism, infrastructure, capital, logistics and EcoTech. Mr. Alex Lanoie, a member of the class of 2016, who joined HNA in the investment function, explained what attracted him to the organisation and the types of career opportunities that are available to MBA students, particularly given that the organisation continues to expand. One-on-one interviews for students with the recruiting team took place after the information session.
January 17, 2017
The Career Services team organised an excursion to Singapore for the full-time MBA students to meet with recruiting partners. 10 company visits took place across a number of different industry sectors, including Google, OCBC, Mapletree, Transfer-To, Infosys Consulting and more. Students learnt about career opportunities in the country, and gained insights into the work permit application process. In addition, Career Services organised a networking event for students to mingle with HKU MBA alums based in Singapore and other business contacts.
Alumni Panel Discussion
January 15, 2017
The Career Services team and Alumni Services organised our first alumni panel discussion for our current full-time MBA students. We invited alumni who are currently living and working in Hong Kong to share their career achievements and professional experiences with our students. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of the MBA Programmes. We discussed topics on career strategy, career transition, job hunting skills and industry insights during the session. We also organised a networking session after the panel discussion so that students were able to interact with the alumni.
Testimonials from alumni
"It's my honour to have been invited to attend the panel discussion 'Career Progression after MBA', as one of the alumni panelists, on January 15. During the 2-hour session, we shared with the full-time students many personal experiences in career development, networking and job hunting. It was so good that I really wish I could have received this type of valuable guidance when I was studying a few years back. Of it all, I particularly liked Laurence’s comment on how classmates supported each other to achieve the maximum benefit as a group. With their collective wisdom gathered, I'm sure the current batch students will succeed in landing their dream jobs soon."
Tim Chan, Full-time MBA, Class of 2012
"January is an exciting time for HKU MBA students when the academics in Hong Kong wrap up, preparations for exchanges begin and job hunting activities gear up. It was a great honour to be part of the speaker panel amongst the outstanding HKU alumni. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about how other alumni have accelerated their careers, reflect on how I began my post-MBA career in Microsoft and learn about the encouraging internship experiences from the current students. It is always a pleasure to be part of HKU MBA events and I look forward to learning from participants in future."
Ron Kwok, Full-time MBA, Class of 2016
Testimonials from student
"The alumni panel discussion was held on January 15, 2017. The event was moderated by the Executive Director, Sachin Tipnis and saw a brilliant turnout from alumni across the various batches and representing different industries.
The alumni shared with us their experiences of how they dealt with various challenges in getting their first job after the MBA. Each one had a different story to tell and I am sure everyone in the audience was able to relate to some of the stories.
My conversation with other full-time students who attended the event revealed that they found the session very useful because the experiences of the alumni would help them navigate their own journey to landing the dream job. We all look forward to the next session to be held in February."
Akshay Rao, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Leadership Talk by Amoy Food
January 06, 2017
Henry Yim, Group Managing Director of Amoy Food Ltd, drew a large crowd when he spoke to the HKU MBA community on the subject of “How my life story shapes my leadership style.” on January 6, 2017.
Mr. Yim was very generous, sharing his personal experiences as well as lessons learned during the course of his successful career He drew from a variety of experiences including his childhood and what he learned in his schooling, his strong grounding in scientific thinking and his climb up the management ladder.
Mr. Yim’s appeal to the audience was evident, as students and alumni peppered him with questions for almost 30 minutes after his presentation. He addressed a variety of queries, including how to work with different cultures, specifically Japanese versus French management, applications of kaizen among the factory workers of Amoy, and marketing lessons in how to appeal to Hong Kong tastes- by learning from the local experts. A reception held afterwards allowed further conversations, and attendees enjoyed a spread of refreshments.
We appreciate Mr. Yim for sharing his evening with us and engaging us with his entertaining and educational personal history.
Sharing from Haitong International Securities Group
December 13, 2016
Haitong International Securities Group came to Town Centre to meet with our Chinese-speaking full-time students who are interested in the financial services industry. The session was led by Henry Shi, Chief Executive of Corporate Finance, who talked about his career history of over 20 years in investment banking, and how he came to join Haitong after previously only having worked for international banks. He spoke of the gradual evolution of Chinese firms into powerhouses in investment banking, as well as Haitong’s organisational structure in Hong Kong. The presentation was followed by a light-hearted discussion from which students learned about the daily routines of professionals in the investment banking field.
Refresher Session on Cover Letter
December 07, 2016
The Career Services teams invited Ms. Marlene Chan, who has a background as a head hunter, to conduct a workshop in December, 2016 on the topic of “How to write an effective cover letter” and give individual guidance sessions for students. At the workshop, the coach shared with the students some of the elements vital to writing a good cover letter, which included who reads cover letters, the purpose of writing one, and its format. Some sample cover letters were also discussed at the workshop. Our coach also met with students in individual sessions to offer them guidance on how to enhance their tailor-made cover letters.
"The instructor, Ms. Marlene Chan is a highly experienced ‘guru’ in the recruiting industry, with considerable knowledge and sharp views on different industries in Hong Kong and China. During the talk, she gave very clear rules and suggestions on structuring a cover letter. She then gave precise advice on specific posts and on our profiles, through individual sessions. The knowledge she shared as an experienced hiring manager was most helpful to me, because it gave me an idea of what recruiters look for in a CV and cover letter. I rate this session with Ms. Chan very highly!"
Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Consulting Skills for Professionals
December 06, 2016
The Career Services team organised a talk on the topic of “Consulting Skills for Professionals” on 6 December, 2016. Mr. Ray Ng, who is a seasoned consulting and finance professional, explained the skills in and gave tips on working as a consultant. He provided a better understanding of the consulting process, its techniques, how it works, and on how to make effective consulting presentations.
"The fast-changing business environment has changed how consultants solve real life strategic problems for clients. As future consultants, b-school students need to be trained in the entire value chain that consulting projects go through, right from the proposal stage to presenting the final deliverable. Mr. Ray Ng, a seasoned consultant, proficiently took the class through how consultants work in real life and the skill sets that are imperative at every stage of the project. The report writing section of the workshop gave the group valuable insights into how to prepare an effective analysis for C-suit executives. Personally, the highlight of the course was the “so what?” curiosity successful consultants possess that help them dig deep into problems and come out with innovative solutions."
Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Bloomberg Company Visit
November 30, 2016
Bloomberg hosted the MBA students at their office in Hong Kong where they explained the evolution of the company from its inception in the 1980s to today as well as the diversified products and services available to their clients. The HR team gave examples of typical roles that would be available to recruits and spoke about the interview process. In addition, students had a sharing session with a part-time Master of Finance student with HKU who is now a sales analyst at the organisation. He talked about his own career development at Bloomberg, as well as his observations on the financial services industry as a whole, given his daily interactions with investment banking clients.
November 24, 2016
The MBA Programme participated in the annual HKIHRM Conference in which the theme was HR transformation. Over 30 renowned speakers exchanged their experiences of overcoming today’s human capital challenges in the corporate world. The MBA Programme set up an exhibition booth during the conference to interact with senior HR professionals on career opportunities for the full-time MBA students and also to engage with business executives who may potentially be interested in joining the part-time programme.
Company Visit to L’Oréal Travel Retail
November 23, 2016
The Travel Retail business of L’Oréal hosted MBA students at their office where the senior leadership team in Asia introduced the nature of their business in general, the different consumer trends, and the business opportunities and challenges presented over the years. From the shift of demographics to the building of new airports to the change of channel mix, the students came to understand how the company is continuing to respond to travellers’ needs and they asked many insightful questions during their visit.
Women in Leadership Club – The Gender Experiment
November 22, 2016
The Women in Leadership Club held a panel discussion and networking event at Macquarie’s office in IFC, on the subject of the participation of women in the workforce and their ascent of the corporate ladder. The keynote speaker was Dr. Puja Kapai, Associate Professor of Law at HKU. She told of her battle with stereotypes about women from within her own family in being able to complete matriculation, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree at HKU and subsequently a Master of Laws degree at Harvard, after which she has built a name for herself in legal academia. She also discussed the prevalence of implicit bias in the workplace.
The speech was followed by a discussion in which panelists talked about how to be more inclusive towards women as well as minority communities in the office environment, and some of the related HR programmes that organisations have put into place over the years. The event was attended by students/alums from the MBA programme and employees of Macquarie, as well as associates of the corporate sponsors of the event.
Leadership Talk by HSBC
November 09, 2016
In the continuation of our Leadership Talk series at HKU, we were lucky to have Arnab Sengupta join us as our next guest speaker.
Based on his experience as the Asia Pacific Regional Credit Officer and Head of Portfolio Risk Strategy at HSBC, Arnab walked us through his presentation on Risk Management - The Expanding Landscape and the Future Outlook.
Through a humourous series of analogies, Arnab explained the different types of risks factors, and led an engaging discussion on how we would react in different scenarios when considering all the various types of risks a bank has to account for in making a decision for a potential client. It was interesting to learn how the interaction of risks and holistic management comes into play, and how a bank’s culture is at the heart of risk management.
We’d like to thank Arnab for sharing his time and experience, especially from those of us without a finance background who found his talk accessible and thoroughly compelling.
Adidas Company Information Session
November 08, 2016
Adidas came to Main Campus in November 2016 to speak with MBA students as well as students with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. They introduced not only their brand, but also the Asia hub of Product Operations which is based in Hong Kong. Students learnt about opportunities in Strategy & Projects, Group HR, Group Finance and Sustainability & Environmental Affairs and interacted with the 12 representatives from Adidas.
Part-time MBA Career Workshop by Daniel Porot
November 05, 2016
The Career Services team was excited to invite Mr. Daniel Porot, a globally-renowned career strategist, who travelled from Europe to deliver career workshops for our MBA students in early November.
The workshops covered various career topics including career planning, self-assessment, salary negotiation and making a radical career change, navigating not just the job market but also the hidden job market. This interaction with Mr. Porot brought us great insights into our career and personal development plans.
“I had the chance to participate in Daniel Porot’s workshop on career progression. Daniel Porot is a coryphée in the field of career development. He advised already more than 115,000 people in 60 countries on how to successfully leverage their past achievements in order to make the next leap into their new and fulfilling jobs. If you thought that you knew already all the angles and tricks on job hunting, then be surprised and learn from several decades of Daniel Porot’s experience. Daniel Porot delivers his concepts through a unique and engaging approach by storytelling and swift drawings, which he creates during his workshop and which will stick to your brain, even during the pressure of your next job interview.”
Cristian COSTOIU, Part-time MBA Class of 2015
Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony
November 03, 2016
On 3 November, the Faculty of Business and Economics Graduation Ceremony of the HKU 196th Congregation was held at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. We were honoured to have Dr. Victor Fung Kwok-king, Group Chairman of the Fung Group, as the Keynote Speaker to deliver an inspiring address to our graduands.
More than 200 graduates and guests from the MBA programme attended the Ceremony and celebrated the achievements of graduates. Some even came all the way back from overseas for the joyful moment. Graduates received flowers from their families and friends and the blessings of the Dean and faculty members.
Graduation is not the end of the MBA journey, it is a milestone in their achieving, and graduates will take up new roles as alumni to inspire the next generation. The friendships they have earned, the professional knowledge and skills they have acquired, and the career networks they have developed, will be of benefit to their lifelong adventure and make the MBA community stronger as a whole.
Gap Company Information Session
November 01, 2016
Members from Gap’s Global Supply Chain office in Hong Kong came in November 2016 to discuss their company operation, culture, and summer internship/rotational leadership opportunities for our MBA students. Specifically, Mr. Badarinath Grandhe, an alum from 2016 who joined Gap through the programme, told us how he came to take up a summer internship with the organisation and since transitioned to become a full-time Sourcing Strategy Manager. Through the presentation and networking session, students learnt about the culture of Gap and more importantly, how the sourcing function ensures that a piece of clothing moves seamlessly from design to being in the store.
Post-Graduate Career Fair
November 01, 2016
The Career Services function of the MBA Programmes held a joint career fair along with the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) in November 2016 to host recruiting partners interested in HKU’s MBA, master and Ph.D. level students. The event took place at the Town Centre in Admiralty. 13 companies across financial services, management consulting and FMCG sectors met with over 150 students and conducted on-site interviews to identify their talent pipeline.
Capco Company Information Session
October 27, 2016
Capco came to campus in October 2016 to share with the MBA community at large at HKU how this business and technology consultancy has quickly expanded over the years and is now serving major clients in the financial services sector. Six representatives from the Hong Kong operation (including Mr. Martin Hermanowski, alum of Class of 2013) walked the students through a typical day in the life of a consultant at Capco, the types of projects and challenges they see on their job, and what makes them excited to be part of the organisation. Students were able to speak with the business leaders, one-on-one, at the post-presentation networking event.
Visit to Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)
October 25, 2016
On 25 October 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) at the International Finance Centre. The students were given an overview of the formation and function of HKMA. Then they were introduced to Hong Kong's monetary and banking history going back to the nineteenth century. A currency section allowed students to have a better understanding of the high-end technology used for the making and printing of legal tender in Hong Kong.
Résumé and Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop
October 23, 2016
The Career Services team is proud to introduce the first Career Progression Workshop for our part-time MBA students on the afternoon of Sunday, 23 October 2016. Mr. Jonathan Kwan spent four hours with our students on the topic of Résumé and Interview Skills Enhancement. The Workshop was highly interactive and with much discussion and hands-on role play. Mr. Kwan gave many realistic and valuable insights into these skills and the internationally most accepted approaches from the point of view of both employers and recruiters.
Students were delighted to learn how to leverage many of those skills for their future job applications.
Deloitte Company Information Session
October 11, 2016
Deloitte hosted 20 of our full-time MBA students at their office in October 2016 to explain the makeup of the organisation, the evolution of the Advisory business and their human capital needs for the Greater China offices (Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing). Students learnt how Deloitte Advisory differentiates itself from other advisory /management consulting firms and they also came to understand what it takes to be a successful consultant. The students were subsequently invited to attend a workshop organized by Deloitte to brush up on their case cracking skills.
HKU MBA Leadership Talk
October 05, 2016
HKU MBA was proud to host a leadership talk at the Town Centre on October 5. On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. William Kuan, Chief Executive Officer, New Markets at Prudential Corporation Asia, to share with the audience the experiences of his CEO journey.
Mr. Kuan was kind enough to talk about his personal growth within the Prudential group, and the understanding he gained from operating within the region. He stressed the value of being open to new opportunities, and how important it is to be a generalist, rather than a specialist, in order to advance to the highest levels of management.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the number of attendees from the insurance industry, and the number of questions they had. Mr. Kuan was patient, dealt with a number of technical questions as well as general queries about leadership, and continued several of these conversations with both students and alumni in the following networking session.
It was a lovely event, and we are so grateful that Mr. Kuan was willing to spend his time and experience with us.
Fung Group Company Information Session
October 03, 2016
Fung Group, the leading Hong Kong-based global trading, logistics, distribution and retailing conglomerate, has been a regular visitor to HKU’s MBA programme. The Programme for Management Development (PMD), launched in 2010, has been recruiting our students from year to year for the Group’s business and operation needs. HKU MBA was the first business school globally to host the Group’s PMD campus talk, beginning in 2013. In October 2016, three company representatives came to speak with members of the Class of 2017 about PMD. One of the representatives was Mr. Philip Hui, a member of the Class of 2011 who joined as a Management Associate, and is now Special Assistant to the Chairman. He talked about his international and cross-functional exposure and how he fast-tracked his career over the previous five years.
2016 Shenzhen Trek
September 28, 2016
Shenzhen is becoming a major centre of innovation in Southern China across a number of different industries. Career Services took the MBA students on a day-long excursion to Shenzhen in September 2016 to visit Tencent, DJI and SF Express. Students attended the company presentations and also networked with senior business executives to learn about these three organisations, the success stories behind them, as well as career opportunities available to both Chinese and non-Chinese speakers.
Microsoft Company Information Session
September 23, 2016
The MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) programme is a graduate programme designed to allow MBA graduates to receive professional development and gain a better understanding of the different business functions at Microsoft. Six representatives from Microsoft Hong Kong (including Mr. Ronald Kwok, an alum from the Class of 2016 who joined the programme as Partner Channel Development Manager) came to campus in September 2016 to share the details of MACH. Students learnt about what it is like to be part of the Microsoft family and gained insights into potential career development opportunities within the organisation through the presentation and the post-presentation networking session.
PwC Company Information Session
September 06, 2016
Five representatives of the Advisory Services of PwC Hong Kong came to Town Centre in September 2016 to talk about the contribution of the Advisory business to PwC as a whole, the organisation’s go-to-market strategy with clients in the Greater China region as well as recruitment programmes they have for MBA students/graduates. The PwC representatives included Ms. Manasy Vidyasagar, who graduated from the MBA programme in 2015. Through the company presentation and the networking session, students gained a better understanding of how young professionals like themselves would be able to grow their career in the PwC environment.
Leadership Talk - Trend in Coffee Industry
August 30, 2016
It was a great honor for HKU MBA to host Mr. Patrick Kwok, Head of Operations - Starbucks Hong Kong & Macau, to offer us a guest lecture on “Trend in Coffee Industry” on August 30. The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 140 students and alumni participate in this event.
Patrick explained his personal leadership story where he told us about his journey from being in accounting and finance to his current role in operations. He also spoke about how he managed to achieve his goals in spite of facing many problems and obstacles.
The audience got to know deep insights about the coffee industry and how Starbuck’s manages its operations on a global scale and the efforts that the employees take to ensure that customers get the best service.
MBA Full-time & Part-time Mixer
August 24, 2016
This was a great opportunity and pleasure for our full-time and part-time students to greet each other at the start of the MBA programmes.
Although the backgrounds of FT and PT students are quite different but they mixed very well and had a good time mingling. Many of them were even reluctant to leave by the end.
We hope this mixer brought FT and PT students closer to create more synergies and collaborations for their MBA life ahead and also that the friendships built in the programmes will be extended beyond the classroom.
Career Visioning & Transitioning Workshop
August 19, 2016
Career Services team invited Mr Jonathan Kwan to conduct a workshop on “Career Visioning and Career Transitioning” on 8 August 2016. Students learnt how to plan ahead for their career with a strategy, leverage their previous background to help them get to their new destinations and make appropriate use of “Coffee Chat” for successful networking. They were given insights into how career transitions are perceived in Asia and into talent acquisition in the current employment market. The lively presentation and interactive style of delivery from Mr Kwan were well received by the class.
"It was a very interesting topic. As a Korean, Coffee Chat was an unfamiliar concept to me. Unless a meeting was officially arranged in advance, I would have never contacted a stranger to ask questions about an industry. Through this workshop, I learned more about a new business networking approach and also gained an understanding of networking strategies that go beyond simply meeting a person. Before this, I was a little nervous about contacting someone that I didn't know very well, but now I am more confident about networking and look forward to meeting more people in Hong Kong soon."
DJ KIM Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop
August 16, 2016
Career Services team invited Ms Bernice Lee to conduct a workshop on “Interview Skills Enhancement” on 16 August 2016.
The workshop equipped students with the necessary skills, such as job interview etiquette and the use of non-verbal communication, for becoming a smart candidate. Our coach, Ms Bernice Lee also demonstrated some non-technical interview skills such as salary discussions, the way to handle difficult job interview situations and a sample of interview questions. The session turned out to have a high level of interaction.
" I took part in the Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop. The workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. The trainer, Bernice, organized the workshop well in three parts. She also divided us into five groups so we could easily share our insights with classmates. First, she emphasized conveying the executive presence through first impression, and she explained the importance of postures, eye signals and the power of the voice. Then she demonstrated the principles of workplace dress codes. Sometimes the details make the differences during an interview. Lastly, she shared with us how to navigate a non-technical job interview. For instance, to succeed in a behavioral interview, we must be able to relate stories that link our experience to the potential position and to implement the STAR model. In summary, the workshop was clear, concise and interesting. "
Christina DONG, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Part-time MBA Orientation 2016
August 13, 2016
The Part-time MBA Orientation on 13 August began the programme for the new part-time students.
In the morning, the students were welcomed by our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, who gave them vision and direction to help them get the most out of the MBA programme. Following that, our Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details to get the students well prepared and planning for their MBA journey.
A team-building workshop was held in the afternoon and students were involved in mentally and sometimes physically demanding activities which promote teamwork, team spirit and a sense of belonging to the MBA family. The full-day orientation was tiring, yet exciting and rewarding to the newcomers.
The Power of Networking & Social Media for Career Success
August 12, 2016
Career Services team invited Ms MJ Jennings to conduct a workshop on “The Power of Networking and Social Media for Career Success” on 12 August 2016.
Ms MJ Jennings spoke about the most resourceful way to connect with people and making proper use of social media for career success. Students also explored how to make a positive and memorable first impression by participating in various role-play activities throughout the workshop.
"The Power of Networking and Social Media workshop conducted by MJ Jennings was very insightful as it emphasized the importance of networking, self presentation and the power of social media in this day and age. It was a very interactive session that comprised a series of activities such as creating one’s own networking map, the use of the ‘PAR’ technique for effective communication and the positive impact created by simply enunciating one’s name. One of my favourities was the ‘Elevator Pitch’ which makes the point that you should be able to deliver your message in the time span of an elevator ride. It’s very important for each working professional to craft their own elevator pitch and summarize who they are, whether it’s at a job interview, networking event or a cocktail party. I am very glad to have attended this workshop as it has encouraged me to work on the development of my 3Vs-Visual, Vocal and Verbal, and hence, create that everlasting first impression!"
Shreya BAHRI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
"This workshop boosted my knowledge about networking in Asia. While I have always known that people do business with people they like, in Asia particularly your network is everything.It not only helps your chances of employment but also can improve your business. MJ showed me in an interactive way how to use networking as a strategic and powerful tool. My biggest take away from the workshop was: forget you are working! It's nice to be strategic, but once the interaction has started, just talk and listen. In short, be yourself and have fun! "
Hannes HEBEL, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Personal Branding Workshop
August 09, 2016
Career Services team invited Mr Andy Clark to conduct a workshop for our Full Time MBA students on Personal Branding on 3 August 2016. Andy walked through the whole process with the students on how to build their story and personal branding. Incorporating different exercises, the workshop was full of fun with experiential learning opportunities. The “Board-Breaking Challenge” was a physical representation of breaking through a challenge with the right attitude. Students received positive reinforcement with encouragement from peer support, thus building up their own self-confidence.
" A highly energised and interactive workshop on Personal Branding by Andy Clark was structured to first set an example and then help us gradually work towards building our individual brand and story. Instead of an instructive approach, the exercise based approach made the task at hand simple and effective. As a class we discovered some common themes as well as some unique experiences from people's moments of self-discovery and this was the highlight of the workshop for me. Setting and exercising the right system, attitude, and action towards goals translated into a fun exercise where I surprised myself by becoming a "Board-breaker", literally. "
Anupriya GOSWAMI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
" Andy’s workshop emphasises how personal branding helps to define you and the significant role it plays when it comes to how you are perceived in society. The teaching method was innovative and the use of visual aids to discuss the concept of personal branding made the session interactive and extremely enjoyable. Analogous to the process of product branding, students were actively engaged in adopting defining moments from their lives and depicting them in the form of logos and slogans. Not only did it help us to create a brand for ourselves, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn more about the life experiences of our batch mates. Another exciting segment called the “board breaker” demonstrated the essence of identifying a target and how focus and confidence are important elements of personal brand in achieving that target. I sincerely encourage students of the batches that follow to attend the session as it will help them to gain an insight into one factor besides knowledge that can contribute immensely towards the success of an individual. Last but not least… “I AM A BOARD BREAKER AND I DID BREAK THE BOARD."
Shouvik SINHARAY, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
I3 Career Development series - C.V. Workshop
August 08, 2016
Career Services team kicked off I3 Career Development series – C.V. Workshop for Full Time MBA students on 1 August, 2016.
A C.V. is a marketing tool which represents you when you are not there. A good C.V. determines if you get an interview, thus creating various job opportunities. Ms Silvia Carius shared some tips with the students on how to build a killer resume and an outstanding cover letter, during the workshop. Students got a chance to critique a sample C.V. for content, formatting and accuracy. They learnt how to present their credentials in a well-organized way that will interest potential employers.
August 07, 2016
On August 7, the MBA Office hosted a networking event called Alumni Interaction at the Azure Restaurant in Central. The MBA Office aims to provide an exclusive platform for new full-time students to meet up with alumni which then creates synergy for more opportunities and collaboration. This event attracted more than 100 people with a very good one-to-one mix of students and alumni. The students were very glad about the event and grateful to their seniors for spending time at a weekend to come and share their valuable experiences of their MBA journeys. All participants had a wonderful afternoon and hope to attend more activities of a similar type.
Full-time MBA Orientation 2016
July 28, 2016
Given the diverse backgrounds of our MBA students, a 2-day orientation was organized for the full-time MBA students to facilitate their smooth transition and get them ready for the programme.
The students were greeted by Prof. Bennett Yim, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. Our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, motivated and inspired the students in how they should best equip and prepare themselves so that they might achieve what they want by leveraging their strengths, experience and the MBA. The three teams of the MBA Office elaborated on how they could assist the students through their MBA journeys. The Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details which are the solid foundation for their MBA study. The two Assistant Directors of the Career Team, Mr. Daniel Chiu and Mr. Frederick Lo, briefed the class about the upcoming career workshops, business treks, campus talks, and other activities. Mr. Tom Ng, Assistant Director for Marketing and Admissions, highlighted the enrichment and networking activities ahead, such as interactions with HKU and MBA alumni and students of other business programmes, which help expanding students’ social life.
During the orientation, we also set every student to do a 5-minute presentation to introduce themselves. They not only told stories of their childhood, and spoke about their studies and work, they also shared information on their hobbies, goals and dreams which gained applause and laughter from the classmates. The orientation ended with a dinner where students had a taste of the local cuisine, enjoyed beers and entertained themselves `with songs and dance.
HKU MBA CSR 2016 - What's your dream?
July 16, 2016
The MBA Office hosted a one-day event with Chan Shu Kui Memorial School (CSKMS) on 16 July, 2016. The event was a combination of discussion and engaging activities to help senior form students gaining a broader view of their education, careers and lives. At the event, some students and alumni within our community volunteered to work closely with the secondary students to encourage them to study hard and further their studies after graduating from high school.
The Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) and the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) were also invited by the MBA Office to participate in this event. Two instructors from HKYAA, who are full-time pilots working in an international airline, joined the morning session and introduced the entry requirements and career path of a professional airline pilot. Similarly, two senior officers of HKPF offered a career talk to all participants in the afternoon.
The secondary students considered that they had benefited a lot from the experiences shared by the speakers. They learnt that pursuing a tertiary education is most important and makes an essential difference to one’s career prospects. Many of the students felt that the life stories of the alumni mirrored a possible future for them and boosted their confidence in overcoming the obstacles involved. The MBA students and alumni, and the CSKMS students and teachers who were involved responded positively to this meaningful event and registered their wish to attend more activities of a similar type.
Summer Networking Drinks
June 07, 2016
The MBA office hosted a summer networking event at Zafran on June 7th, in which all current full-time, part-time students and alumni were invited. The event attracted more than 80 people, and throughout the event the guests were able to chill out and enjoy drinks together in a very cozy environment, despite the extremely hot and humid weather outside.
Brooks Brothers In-store Event
April 29, 2016
On the evening of April 29, the MBA Office co-hosted the first-ever grooming event with Brooks Brothers. It was a great pleasure to have Brooks Brothers bring fresh information and experienced guidance on style and taste to our MBA students and alumni. For this event, Brooks Brothers invited senior managers from other renowned companies such as Moet Hennessy Diageo and GQ to introduce tips on fashion grooming and whisky tasting. Overall, the event was well received and appreciated by all the participants. It was a unique experience for us, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Brooks Brothers’ arrangements which brought fashion grooming and modeling, whisky tasting and shopping privileges all into one event. In fact, many students hoped that Brooks Brothers and HKU MBA would collaborate this way more often.
Searching for innovative business idea
April 01, 2016
With the help of our supportive alumnus, Ms. Tracy Ho, CEO of Anyplex, we were honored, on April 1, to have as our guest Mr. Ringo Lam, one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, to share his start-up experiences, in a talk entitled "Searching for innovative business ideas - perspective from a serial entrepreneur".
In his talk, he began with his personal business innovations as young undergraduate student. He reflected, with clear analysis, not only on his successful businesses but also his failed ones. Mr. Lam then elaborated on some pragmatic models for both past and future technological development. Finally, he disclosed to us his new business innovation, ‘Pawsible’, which is basically a pet hotel, a mixture of commercial business and social enterprise. The talk ended with a Q&A session in which students were eager to learn more about his business ideas and how they worked.
It was a valuable opportunity for our students and alumni to be inspired and in touch with a pioneer and veteran in the field of innovative technology.
HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2016
March 12, 2016
On 12 March 2016, MBA full-time students, part-time students and staff had a fantastic evening at the Club One in Repulse Bay. Everyone dressed up for the “Shanghai Glam” themed Annual Dinner Party! A cocktail reception was set against the magnificent sea view so that students within the community could mingle with each other before the dinner. An opening speech was made by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA programmes, who shared his view on the real meaning of networking. It was then followed by a dinner full of gourmet delicacies and fine wines in a sophisticated setting. Thank you to the Annual Dinner committee for all the effort in making the event such a huge success and giving all of us a spectacular 'Shanghai Glam' night.
MBA Company Visit: Hong Kong International Terminals
March 11, 2016
On 11 March, students visited the Hong Kong International Terminal (HIT) at the Kwai Tsing container port area which handles more than 70% of the total number of cargoes in Hong Kong and is also one of the world’s busiest container ports.
Students were given a presentation on the history and development of HIT in an exhibition room where there was a port model and a display. They were then brought to the control room and shown an in-house customized system which maximizes the efficiency of the port operation. To better understand the operation of HIT, students visited the port yard where they could see how cranes are operated and containers transported.
The visit provided great opportunities for students to understand this long established industry of Hong Kong in depth and breadth.
Alumni Interaction in Finance Industry
February 22, 2016
To provide enough platforms for students to gain industry knowledge, MBA office organizes a series of networking events. Alumni Interaction is one of the alumni engagement events where students can make connections with HKU MBA alumni. On February 22, 2016, students and alumni gathered at the Town Centre to share their expertise on the finance industry. Many alumni with backgrounds such as banking, compliance, capital markets, investment management and consulting management, brought industry knowledge to the students. Through talking to alumni, students found this session very insightful in clarifying their career direction. They received many good recommendations and made useful contacts. Alumni suggested the right contacts to individual students and even arranged referrals. It was also a fruitful event for alumni themselves as it was a good opportunity to meet other alumni with similar backgrounds but from different years.
Alumni Regional Chapters
January 15, 2016
HKU MBA offers a vast network of regional and international chapters that keep alumni from the entire community connected to their alma mater no matter where they live. Chapters play an important role in keeping alumni connected through the variety of events they host each year. On January 15th and 17th, two get-together events were held in Shanghai and Beijing respectively in which alumni from different branches were able to meet up and get to know each other. Everyone was so happy to speak to each other in a very cozy environment.
Visit to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
January 14, 2016
On 14 January 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), one of the world’s largest exchanges by market capitalization of listed companies. The students were given an overview of the foundation and development of HKEx and had the opportunity to explore the stock traders’ workplace and facilities to gain a better understanding of the operations of stock exchanges.
HKU MBA New Year Gathering
January 12, 2016
MBA Office hosted a HKU MBA New Year Gathering at Zafran on January 12, 2016. Everybody was happy to meet up with their classmates and friends at the start of this new year. Not only did they greet each other after the festive holidays and share with each other their new year resolutions, they also talked about the good old days in class.
2016 Singapore Trek
January 01, 2016
The Faculty’s Career Development Office (CDO) organised a business trek to Singapore in January 2016. 19 full-time MBA students visited a broad range of companies across various industries such as Google, Infosys Consulting, L Capital, OCBC Bank, UOB Kay Hian, Skyscanner, and more. It was well received and students were able to gain more insight into certain companies and the opportunities they present. CDO also organised a networking event for the HKU MBA, HEC and CEMS alumni, speakers, business partners and head-hunters during their stay in Singapore. Students were able to interact with companies and our business partners in Singapore. This was, once again, one of the most popular CDO activities and treasured by the students.
HKU MBA Ranking Celebration
November 26, 2015
“Congratulations! CHEERS!” That was the toast by the emcee, prompting the honourable guests to raise their champagne flutes and the crowd to applaud.
The occasion prompting such celebration was the HKU MBA programme’s recognition for the sixth consecutive year as the best in Asia in the 2015 World MBA Ranking released by The Economist. A celebration reception was held in the Hang Seng Penthouse at the Hang Seng Bank Headquarters on November 26, 2015 to mark the occasion, with more than 200 honourable guests and friends attended the event and shared this honour together.
Amongst the guests joining the celebration were the President and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mathieson, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Prof. Eric Chang, Members from the Faculty’s Board of Directors, the MBA Advisory Board, the University’s Senior Management, Teaching Faculty, alumni and students.
HKU MBA Graduation Dinner 2015
November 15, 2015
The 2015 part-time class organized a graduation dinner on November 15th, 2015 at Happy Valley Racecourse to celebrate their programme’s completion. More than 70 students and staff attended and had a memorable evening.
The dinner was preceded by video from Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA, in which he greeted and congratulated all graduates for their great achievements after putting in so much effort over the previous 2 years. At the end, Sachin sent his best wishes to all of them. The graduation dinner committee then made a toast and the night began. After the first course, some students shared their MBA experiences of class discussions, group projects, field trips, gatherings after examinations and other landmarks as a wrap-up of their MBA journey. Everyone cheered at the recollections of the exhilarating times and the friendships gained after the journey. Sharing these moments was a joy and source of much laughter for all the students and staff present. It was altogether a fun-filled evening, with a fine dinner and games played throughout. Participants wore black tie and evening dress and took photographs.
Diwali Celebration 2015
November 14, 2015
The Diwali Party of 2015 was a student initiated event by the HKU MBA full-time Class of 2016. The pre-event enthusiasm was so infectious that all the students tried to take part in preparing for one or another activity during the party.
Preparation was a lot of fun, involving dancing sessions, food tasting outings and planning meetings. It all came together really well on the final day.
Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and is associated with family events. The full-time students came together like a perfect family! The beauty of a multi-national class came out in all its glory. The Indian students enthused non-Indian students with all the rituals of the festival to such an extent that many non-Indian students dressed up in traditional Indian wear to brighten the party!
Like every other party, food had to be a big star! People couldn’t take their hands off the delicious Indian food. The classic Indian dish of butter chicken developed a huge following of fans.
This event has set the tone just perfectly for other student initiated events in the future and the students can’t wait for them!
Leadership Talk - Mr. Masaaki Ogino
November 11, 2015
HKU MBA was proud to host a CEO talk at the Town Center on Nov 11. On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. Masaaki Ogino, Founder and Chairman of Fenix Group Holdings Ltd, to share with the audience the experiences of his entrepreneurial journey.
Mr. Ogino told the gathering how he managed to evolve his company from a trading business in 1972 to high-end branding and retail businesses such as Anteprima and city’super, which today give Fenix Group a network of more than 30 companies and 14 factories across 7 countries, employing over 6,300 staff and occupying 360,000 square feet of retail space. Mr. Ogino frequently engaged with audience members during his talk to demonstrate his way of thinking and how he would make a decision in a critical situation. All participants enjoyed this talk so much as they could learn a lot of insights from this distinguished speaker.
HKU MBA - Orbis Moonwalkers 2015
November 07, 2015
The MBA Office was very pleased to invite all students and alumni to form a HKU MBA team to participate in a charity event called “Orbis Moonwalkers” on November 7. Orbis Moonwalkers is an annual event hosted by an international non-governmental organization called Orbis International. Orbis is dedicated to saving sight worldwide and its programmes focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries.
In the end, a total 34 students and alumni participated and many of them succeeded in finishing a 20km-walk from Sham Shui Po to Tseung Kwan O. The participants were so happy to take part in this meaningful event and be able to connect with others in the community.
HKU MBA Shenzhen Gathering
October 18, 2015
On October 18th, 2015, MBA Office hosted a networking dinner at the Victory Restaurant in Futian, Shenzhen. It was a good platform for students and alumni from Shenzhen area to get connected with each other. Not only did the participants expand their networks within the community in a cozy atmosphere but also they could build up a stronger bonding with their alma mater. The MBA Office received a lot of great comments about this initiative and was asked to host similar gathering in China more regularly.
Leadership Talk by Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato
October 14, 2015
It was a great honour for HKU MBA to host Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder and Chairman of GEOX group, for a Leadership Talk at the Town Centre on October 14. The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 80 students and alumni participate in this event.
Along with Mr. Polegato, others of the senior management of GEOX, Mr. Venti Juan Carlos, Head of Institutional and External Relations, Mr. Malta Mauro, Senior Vice President Sales and Retail for Asia Pacific and Ms. Ada Hung, Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Asia Pacific attended the talk. Also present was Mr. Antonello De Riu, Representative of the Italian Consul-General in Hong Kong.
Mr. Polegato shared with all the audiences how the Geox-shoe idea came about during one of his journeys in the United States in the early 90s. He used a pocket knife to cut holes into his sneakers to ventilate his overheating feet when walking in the Nevada desert. This simple, yet ingenious improvisation led to his development of the “shoe that breathes”, which was the springboard for launching an extraordinarily successful business. Mr. Polegato also explained the importance of innovation and intellectual property to students during the talk.
The participants were able to gain valuable insights from Mr. Polegato’s talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive and successful one.
CEO sharing about luxury industry in China
August 27, 2015
On 27 August 2015, the MBA Office invited Mr. Bertrand Ternat, CEO and Co-founder of Conch
Society, to talk about the luxury industry in China. Bertrand thoroughly explained the current situation in the industry as well as the challenges that investors are facing now. The participants were able to gain important insights from his talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive one.
HKU MBA Full-time & Part-time Mixer
August 15, 2015
On August 15, 2015, the HKU MBA Office invited all full-time and part-time students of teaching year 2015/16 to a get-together event at Azure Restaurant / Bar in Central. In a “relaxed and less formal” setting, around 100 students engaged to gain perspective on their MBA journey. What a fun-filled afternoon to start off their academic semester and interact with students from different programmes. The participants enjoyed very much the interaction in a cozy environment and are looking forward to future events.
Full-time Alumni Sharing
August 04, 2015
To allow new full-time students to get familiar with the programme easily from the start, the MBA office invited some alumni to share their MBA study experience at the Town Center on August 4, 2015. Through talking to alumni, the students found this session very insightful in planning their studies for their stay in Hong Kong. The students received many good recommendations, in particular on electives selection and combination, course coverage, and teaching styles. Many students appreciated this initiative and look forward to having similar events in future.
2015 MBA 101
August 03, 2015
MBA 101, the first class at Cyberport Campus, was a great start to the 2-week induction programme. The students were warmly welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Eric Chang and heard of the future path of the Programme. Ms. Josephine Chan, Senior Programme Manager of the MBA Programme further provided an overview of the Programme, the activities that would take place during the 2-week induction and services available to students.
To encourage creativity and new ideas, Mr. Pedro Eloy, Director (SVP) of New Media and Information Technology at Fung Holdings (HK) was invited to give a short lecture. Mr. Eloy introduced the Business Venture Lab, an elective module that provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue their passion for entrepreneurship. The module’s aim is to incubate students’ business concepts based on the knowledge and tools they have acquired from the MBA Programme.
Apart from familiarizing the students with their courses, new environment, resources and opportunities, the class also had the opportunity to share their experience, interests and life goals. It provided a valuable platform for students, staff and teachers to exchange ideas.
Full-time Orientation 2015
July 31, 2015
The MBA Orientation for 2015-2016 full-time students was held at Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel on 31 July. This marked the beginning of a new identity and adventure for the students. Mr. Sachin Tipnis, MBA Executive Director, introduced the team and explained the Programme’s vision and philosophy. To provide a glimpse of our courses, Prof. K C Fung gave a short lecture on emerging markets and the challenges inherent in confronting the world economy.
The afternoon session required students to work together as a team to complete different tasks. The first exercise was “Jumbo Lego”, in which students were divided into teams and required to replicate a disproportionate design within a limited time. The next activity was “Rat Trap”, where the whole class had to work together to complete a complex model trap that required different skill sets like engineering, management and communication. Ultimately, the goal was to encourage the students to explore different opportunities, challenge themselves and have fun!
The evening began with a cocktail party followed by dinner where the students interacted with teachers and staff and started to build new friendships.
Part-time Welcome Drinks 2015
July 18, 2015
On July 18th, current and incoming part-time students gathered at Armani Prive in Central. It is a tradition for the MBA Programme to host a welcome party for our new intake of part-time students. Not only did incoming students get to meet their future classmates but they also had the opportunity to interact with current year one students to learn more about the MBA programme.
2015 Dublin Trek
June 12, 2015
With the help of CDO, a total of 7 MBA students participated in Dublin Trek during their LBS track in June 2015. This trek went off very well and all participants found it worthwhile. The students visited four companies in this 2-day trek, e.g. LinkedIn EMEA, Tax-free Worldwide, Google and Voltedge. They found these companies are expanding with many opportunities suitable to MBA students.
Full-time Alumni Get-together Drinks
May 12, 2015
The MBA community is a platform for alumni to connect with each other. The MBA office hosted a get-together party at Tivo, Central, on 12 May, for full-time alumni to enjoy a wonderful evening with past classmates. Not only did they share updates and career changes with each other, they also talked about and laughed over the good old days in class.
2015 Dubai Trek
March 28, 2015
Career Development Office took fourteen full-time MBA students to visit Dubai during the period of 28th – 31st March in order to explore career opportunities, market as well as meeting employers from twelve companies and networking with guests and alumni in Dubai.
Tencent Office Visit
March 18, 2015
Tencent is the China's largest and most used Internet service portal, the Industry Club arranged a visit to Tencent office in Shenzhen on 18 March 2015. Two company distinguished representatives from the Tencent Games Division shared with MBAs how Tencent reached a world-class online game developer & operator, and achieved the largest online game community in China. They also delivered a fun-filled and interactive speech on the future of mobile games.
Van Cleef & Arpels Company Visit
March 17, 2015
The Industry Club arranged a company visit to Van Cleef & Arpels on the 17 March 2015. Their International HR Director, has 25 years of international work experience in luxury retail industry, gave the students extremely insightful sharing and company introduction. She also facilitated the students to be able to make informed decisions about the kind of careers they want to pursue in the luxury sector and how her daily role is actually like.
March 12, 2015
On 12 March, students visited the Hong Kong International Terminal (HIT). Among the world’s four busiest terminals, Hong Kong is the only trans-shipment hub. HIT operates 12 berths and runs 24 hours throughout the year unless a typhoon strikes Hong Kong.
HIT is also a part of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited's (HPH) global network of port and logistics operations which comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.
Surprisingly, this old industry has adopted modern management techniques and state-of-the-art computer systems which keep its supply chain seamlessly integrated. Students eagerly wanted to know the future developments of HIT, especially with the limitation of harbour space and the possibility of converting the terminal into a fully automatic terminal with technological advancement. To understand the operation of HIT, students were taken into the yard where they could observe the operation of cranes and transportation of containers.
Apple Store Visit
March 11, 2015
All students enjoyed a store visit in Hysan Place on 11 March 2015, especially for the sharing sessions and the demonstration by Apple staff so that the students can know more about APPLE. They found that APPLE is really a world-class brand with a pool of passionate, friendly and trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and customer service quality.
PassKit Campus Talk
March 10, 2015
The Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit, the world’s premier mobile wallet engagement enablers and two of his incredible young executives came to talk about the internship opportunity on 10 March 2015. They encouraged our MBAs to think very big, tap into passion and start of a successful journey after the programme.
H&M Campus Talk
March 10, 2015
Six H&M representatives came on 10 March 2015 to talk about the company expansion in the region and some suitable opportunities for our MBAs including 1) Area Controller; 2) Product Manager; 3) Lease Manager and 4) Store Developer. Followed by a mingling session with light refreshment so that all students can have time to network with the company representatives.
HKUAA Professional & HKU MBA Get-together
March 09, 2015
On 9 March 2015, HKU MBA for the second year co-organised a get-together event with HKU Alumni Association at Azure Restaurant / Bar in Central. This gathering brought together around 100 professionals from diverse industries such as banking, financial services, legal services, dental, public transportation, property development, government and others. This was a good platform for our students and alumni to meet up with other professionals from a larger community within the University of Hong Kong. The participants from both sides enjoyed the interaction and are looking forward to future events.
Managing Your Body Appropriately
March 06, 2015
Cora Wong, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2009, is a registered dietitian at St. James’ Settlement and promotes community nutrition and health. Cora is also the Manager of Dietetic and Catering Services and the Adviser for quality meals on wheels. In addition, she provides consultancy services and individual counseling on diet therapy and nutrition. She designs training programmes and service packages to satisfy the unique needs of different commercial firms and voluntary agencies. In recent years, she has also been actively involved in a partnership programme with hospitals under the Hospital Authority.
Cora introduced the power of having a balanced diet and its ability to greatly reduce people’s chances of getting deadly illnesses like cancer. She provided some interesting facts like how a low fruit intake increases one’s risk of lung cancer by 20% and how the intake of tomatoes can slow down ageing. For living a healthier life, the slogan for the day was “You are what you eat!”.
Discovering More About Investment Banking
February 24, 2015
Mr. Eddie Liu, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2010, shared his views on the investment banking industry and his experience in landing the perfect job. Eddie is a US and Asia qualified HR professional with good experience of different types of companies such as entrepreneurial, multi-national corporate, Internet and agency. In the past 20 years, he has served in some well-known firms like Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and DKR Oasis as the HR lead. Currently, he is the Head of Human Resources at Nomura.
His frank approach to the students kept them on their toes during the sharing. Students were asked to identify their key strengths and match them with the right job. Eddie quickly challenged the students on their selections and pushed them to think deeper into the market value of being a HKU MBA student. The heated discussion certainly helped the students to set more realistic expectations and align their skills set and job options.
Pre-Chinese New Year Gathering
February 17, 2015
All students and alumni were invited by the MBA Office to gather at Azure on February 17, 2015. Everybody was happy to meet up with their classmates and friends at the end of the Chinese New Year. Not only did they share with each other their New Year resolutions and planning for the Chinese New Year holiday, they also talked about the good old days in class.
Full-time Chinese New Year Dinner
February 11, 2015
The HKU MBA full-time class organised a Chinese New Year Dinner to celebrate this festive occasion. The dinner was held at Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant on 11 February 2015. MBA students and staff gathered to enjoy the authentic food. A very innovative lucky draw was held wherein winners were the ones who picked up a Chinese dumpling with a peanut inside. This was a great occasion to mingle and have fun while enjoying the lavish Chinese food.
HKBN Company Visit
February 09, 2015
Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd (HKBN) was among one of many companies arranged by Career Development Office(CDO) in February for Telecom Career Trek.
On 9 Feb, CDO and a total of 13 students visited HKBN. Many questions relating to HKBN’s present, future and opportunities were being asked by some of the students who had around 10 years of telecom experience.
February 09, 2015
On 10 February, LinkedIn representatives from both Hong Kong and Singapore offices came to talk about various opportunities to the MBA students. By having this networking opportunity, one of the current full-time students could succeed to get a summer internship offer from LinkedIn to work in their Hong Kong office from May to July this year.
Telstra Company Visit
February 06, 2015
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, providing world-class fully integrated services including fixed line, mobile, online, pay TV, advertising and directories.
On 6 Feb, CDO and a group of students visited the office of Telstra International Group (TIG), headquartered in Hong Kong. It is a business unit of Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) managing its international assets and connectivity. There were a total of five senior company representatives shared with the students and staff about the company, business and the career in TIG.
Cisco Company Visit
February 05, 2015
Career Development Office and sixteen students arranged a company visit to Cisco on 5th Feb, 2015. It was brilliant meeting that their colleagues in HK office virtually met their HR Lead in Shanghai office through video conference. All students really enjoyed the well-organized company presentation, the information and experience sharing and also the “technology demonstration” so that they can know more about Cisco.
They found that Cisco is really a world-class brand with a pool of trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and quality.
January 31, 2015
The MBA Office organised an information session at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 31. During the session, alumni and students shared their aspirations with prospective candidates and how the HKU MBA programme helped them achieve personal and career advancement. The information session went very well and was a remarkable success. After the session, the MBA Office invited the alumni and students to a networking drink as a token of appreciation for their great sense of belonging and contribution to the community. All alumni and students were happy to meet up with each other in this very relaxed setting.
Meeting the Group President of Noah
January 30, 2015
On 30 January 2015, Career Development Office together with an MBA alumni invited his group president Mr. Kenny Lam to give a presentation at Town Centre campus. Associate Professor Christine Chan, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomed Mr. Lam. It was attended by MBA, EMBA, MFin and MEcon students. Mr. Lam shared many useful information and insight about the wealth and private banking trends in China. It was a very good learning experience and students came out of the presentation with a good understanding of the industry which was due to Mr. Lam’s excellent presentation style.
A Day in Life - Sahil from UPS
January 29, 2015
The Industry Club launched the 3rd series of “A day in the Life” with Mr. Sahil S. Jaggi on the 29th January 2015. Sahil is currently a Manager – Marketing, North Asia District with UPS. He has over seven years of extensive international work experience in supply chain and process improvements across retail, industrial manufacturing and automotive verticals. He actively engaged in value proposition development focused around product assortment, new product launch to cater to consumer and customer needs. The session was extremely insightful and interactive. He facilitated the students to be able to make informed decisions about the kind of careers they want to pursue in the sector and how his role in UPS is actually like.
China Purchasing Manager Index
January 27, 2015
The MBA Office arranged for its first Alumni Sharing to be held on January 27. Many past students came back to the Admiralty Campus to join the session, led by Miss Emily Lam, on the China Purchasing Manager Index. Emily provided an overview of the benefits and impact of adopting the index in analyzing and evaluating the Chinese market. In particular, she illustrated its ability to identify implications in seeking greater investment opportunities.
Emily provides her professional advisory services to corporates, specializing in the provision of prime information, namely the China Purchasing Manager Index and entities that require corporate development/financing services. She received her MBA from HKU in 2009 and has worked as business development and investment manager for various multinational corporations such as Jebsens & Co. Ltd., NEC, Chevron, Agilities Logistics and Chief Group.
CDO Speakers Series: Intel Finance Team
January 23, 2015
On 23 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Luca Biancardi and Mr. Ong Shao Lead of Intel Semiconductor (US) LLC to speak to the Finance Club. An Italian student ambassador introduced the two speakers. Both speakers shared their career journey and the working environment in Intel, especially in the finance department. There were many questions raised from the floor and the presentation was well received.
BT Company Visit
January 23, 2015
Career Development Office arranged a company visit to the BT Hong Kong Limited on 23 Jan 2015. The students met with the President, Mr. Kevin Taylor and other senior executives from HR, Marketing and CSR. They are very much excited by the insightful sharing and also the demonstration with very innovative systems in the showroom.
CDO Speakers Series: First Derivatives
January 21, 2015
On 21 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Joe Vu, Director of the First Derivatives plc to speak to the Finance Club. The presentation was started off by a student ambassador to introduce the speaker. Mr Vu then introduced his firm – First Derivatives plc and shared his career background. He also spoke about Algorithmic Trading to the club. Mr Vu concluded his talk by discussing why HFT is significant followed with an interactive Q&A session with the audience.
Alumni Interaction - Non Finance Industry
December 17, 2014
Follow upon the great success of the alumni interaction for finance industry the week before, a non-finance industry alumni interaction was arranged on December 17, 2014 at Town Centre. This gathering brought alumni from industries such as management consulting, retail, manufacturing, higher education, consumer goods, information technology and mining etc. Students took this valuable opportunity to make connections and share their career aspirations. Alumni were glad to have a chance to visit the campus after some years; more importantly, they are able to contribute to the MBA community and make the networking stronger. Both students and alumni enjoyed the interaction and are looking forward to future events.
Christmas Party 2014
December 13, 2014
A Christmas Party was organised by the current full-time students at the Garage Society on 13 December, 2014. Much effort was put into filming surprise videos for the party, decorating the venue and creating lively games.
At the Party, each guest was welcomed with a candy and Christmas accessories. At the beginning, two videos were played to show the journey of the students and the friendships that they have built during their studies. Next was a multilingual video by students and the MBA office to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. This was followed by a scrumptious dinner of many local delicacies. After dinner, all the attendees were divided into 4 teams to participate various games.
Later that evening, Santa joined the party and started gift exchanging. The gifts varied from chocolates and coffee to wine and scarfs! Awards were also given to students who had the most votes on best dressed, all time night owl, library man and more.
All the students and staff celebrated the holiday season with laughter and great food.
Alumni Interaction - Finance Industry
December 10, 2014
To provide enough platforms for students to gain industry knowledge, MBA office organizes a series of networking events. Alumni Interaction is one of the alumni engagement events where students can make connections with HKU MBA alumni. On December 10, 2014, students and alumni gathered at the Town Centre to share their expertise on the finance industry. Many alumni with backgrounds such as banking, private equity, capital markets, investment management and M & A, brought industry knowledge to the students. Through talking to alumni, students found this session very insightful in clarifying their career direction. They received many good recommendations and made useful contacts. Alumni suggested the right contacts to individual students and even arranged referrals. It was also a fruitful event for alumni themselves as it was a good opportunity to meet other alumni with similar backgrounds but from different years.
November 23, 2014
Students and staff joined together on a cycling trip on a sunny afternoon on 23 November. The journey started in Shatin and ended at Tai Po where the whole group went for a Vietnamese meal and celebrated the birthday of one of our full-time students. It was a relaxing day filled with laughter and great food.
2014 Coface Country Risk Conference
November 12, 2014
On 12 November 2014, students attended the 2014 Coface Country Risk Conference. The half-day conference involved economic and financial experts from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Crédit Agricole CIB, ANZ and COFACE. They shared their views on current risks and opportunities around the world, and analyzed world economic trends in the light of recent happenings as well as relevant impacts on the corporate community. In the latter part of the event, a panel discussion was held in which key market players voiced their opinion on the market changes with specific interest in China’s influence world-wide.
HKMA 2014 Annual Conference
November 11, 2014
On 11 November 2014, students attended the HKMA 2014 Annual Conference. This year the theme was “Achieving Dynamic Growth – Winning the Challenge for Human Capital”. The conference included speakers from the Hong Kong government, universities and international companies like McKinsey & Company Ltd, Union Pay International, Citigroup and Standard Chartered Bank. Panel discussions were also held and touched on topics like employer-employee relationships, leadership training, innovation and business sustainability.
CDO Finance Club: Structure Finance
November 07, 2014
On 7 and 17 November 2014, Career Development Office invited Mr. Charles-Henri Larreur to talk about Structure Finance and Asset Finance to the Finance Club. Mr. Larreur was very knowledgeable in this field and explained details in an extremely clear and easy to understand manner. Overall both sessions are very engaging and informative.
Graduation Ceremony for Class of 2014
November 03, 2014
More than 200 graduates and guests from the MBA programme attended the 192nd Congregation which was hosted by the Faculty of Business and Economics at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 3rd, 2014. It was our great pleasure to have Professor Roland Chin, the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as our Presiding Officer. The Graduates listened appreciatively to Professor Chin on the topic of “Freedom and responsibility”. Group photo-taking with the Presiding Officer, the Dean and faculty members on the stage followed after the congregation. Full of joy and laughter, graduates took snapshots and captured the celebratory spirit to the very end of the ceremony.
Private Equity Fundamentals Course
October 31, 2014
In September and October, Career Development Office worked with the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (HKVCA) to co-host the Private Equity Fundamentals Course. This is a comprehensive training course designed for those wishing to enhance their knowledge of the core fundamentals of private equity and venture capital. The course also serves to refresh and upgrade the skills of professionals in the industry. The 8 modules of the course were led by highly experienced industry practitioners – experts with years of experience in deal-making, structuring, corporate value-creation and exits. Instructors also utilized real cases as a way to illustrate and share insight that they gained through years of industry practice, providing in-depth technical and practical know how.
14 students from the MBA Finance Club attended the modules and met with other some 80 PE professionals at the course.
Autumn Networking Drinks
October 19, 2014
More than 100 guests attended an Autumn networking event at Armani Prive hosted by the MBA office on October 19th 2014 for all current full-time and part-time students and the graduating students. The current students took this opportunity to congratulate the graduating students on their great achievement in completing the MBA journey. Also, given the very pleasant and comfortable Autumn weather, everyone could enjoy the fresh breeze as they mingled on the terrace.
Guest Lecture by Mr. Andrew Campbell
October 15, 2014
Mr. Andrew Campbell gave a guest lecture to our students on Corporate Level Strategy: Frameworks and Tools on 15 October 2014. Mr. Campbell, expert on business strategy, is the Director of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre. Previously, he was on the faculty of the London Business School and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has special interests in corporate-level strategy and organization design, and has authored more than 10 books, including the classic text “Strategy for the Corporate Level” and 10 articles in the Harvard Business Review.
He introduced the framework for analyzing group level strategy to the students and illustrated the benefits of adopting such business models through various business examples like Apple and Olam. The students actively participated in the discussion and expressed great interest in learning more about the method of categorizing businesses and processes.
Impact of Regulatory Changes in the Financial Industry
October 11, 2014
On 11 October 2014, Career Development Office invited Mr. Gregoire Dechy, COO of SAIP Partners to talk to the Finance Club on the topic of “The Impact of Regulatory Changes in the Financial Industry”. Mr. Dechy gave, essentially, his overview of the current financial market and regulation. He also engaged students in extensive discussion throughout the session. This was well received by the students who gave positive feedback about Mr. Dechy’s presentation and knowledge sharing.
September 30, 2014
To meet students’ interview needs, Career Develpment Office arranged earlier this year for each MBA student to have a mock interview with a professional headhunter before October. The aim was to enhance their ability to communicate an individual executive brand and deliver excellence, both verbal and non-verbal, during a company interview.
September 26, 2014
On 22 and 26 September 2014, Career Development Office organised the Business Etiquette workshop to equip students with the necessary skills and social techniques for becoming a polished professional. The MBA class was divided into two groups so that the session took the form of a small group setting. It was well received by the students.