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HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2019
March 30, 2019
The 2019 MBA Annual Dinner held on the 30th of March 2019 was a night to remember for the HKU MBA community, with well over one hundred of us including full time students, part-time students from all years, alumni and the MBA faculty.
Guests were welcomed with free-flow drinks at the prestigious China Club, the perfect location to compliment our Shanghai Tang theme. Our guests did not waste a single moment and were constantly on their feet to greet and mingle with old and new friends, while many photos were captured by the photographer and also at the very popular photo booth equipped with themed props that attracted long lines throughout the night.
The dinner was officially commenced upon a toast and speech by our new MBA Program Director, Ms. Silvia McCallister-Castillo, and later followed by games that involved a representative at each table, while there was also a lucky draw with many attractive prizes sponsored through the connections of our students.
As an annual highlight, everyone had an enjoyable night thanks to the support from the HKU MBA Office, the Annual Dinner Organizing Committee and all the participants who joined on the night.
2019 Annual Dinner Committee
Badminton Tournament 2019
March 24, 2019
The HKU MBA Badminton Tournament 2019 was held on Mar 24th at the HKU Lindsay Ride Sports Centre, bringing an energetic group of staff, alumni, full-time and part-time students together. Many thanks to our current student Yann Yeung for coordinating the sports programme. It was a fun experience and a good opportunity to meet every sports lover in HKU MBA community!
Talk on the Alibaba Story by Mr. Savio Kwan
March 22, 2019
Mr. Savio Kwan delivered a Leadership Talk entitled "The Alibaba Story : What Price Value?" on 22 March 2019 with active participation from our students and alumni. As the Former President & COO of Alibaba, Savio shared the Alibaba Values and how they have driven sustainable growth. Our current Full-Time MBA student Nguyen Thanh Hong Phuc and our MBA alumnus Nihir Mehta (Class of 2018) also showed their appreciation to Savio, who has been their mentor in HKU MBA’s Mentorship program. Much appreciation to Savio for sharing his inspirational leadership philosophies and instilling in us the importance of walking the talk!
Enrichment Talk by Mr. Philippe Jaccard
March 14, 2019
The MBA Office invited Mr. Philippe Jaccard to share his career journey at the Talk “Climbing Mount Everest, one step at a time”. With Philippe’s extensive experience in banking, finance and information technology across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific, he shared his opinions about what leadership was about and how good leaders tackled challenges and improved team performance. Our students and alumni from different industries also shared their ideas and real life situation with Philippe. It was an inspirational and interactive session for all!
Shanghai Trek 2019
March 11, 2019
Throughout this academic year, the MBA Career Services organises a number of events in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shenzhen and Shanghai to help students to interact directly with company representatives and have more opportunities to learn about and understand specific organisations. The Shanghai Trek is always the last business trip to come just after the fulfilling conclusion of the MBA journey in Hong Kong and just before the partnership programme with renowned worldwide business schools.
During this Shanghai Trek with the support from student committees, we attended company presentations and also networked with senior business executives to learn about the culture of their organisations and the success stories behind them, as well as the career opportunities available to both Chinese and non-Chinese speakers. We visited 9 companies including Monitor Deloitte, EY, GE, Highered, Intel, Fosun, China Renaissance, Richemont, and Kelly Services. The students were introduced to the companies’ HR business partners during the trip and learnt about the career landscape as well as specific opportunities within different industry sectors in Mainland China. In addition, there was a networking event for students to mingle with HKU MBA alumni and other business leaders based in the city.
Talk on Blockchain
February 28, 2019
The MBA Office invited BCW Group, a global strategy & management consulting firm building the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) ecosystem, to deliver a leadership talk “Blockchain for Business - Rethinking Your Future Career” to our students and alumni. The group provided practical examples on how blockchain technology helped safe food making, ICO funding etc. Our students and alumni showed their great interests in blockchain by discussing their ideas on how blockchain could influence the development of different industries. BCW Group welcomes our students and our alumni’s further discussions about DLT, as well as how they can help the companies navigate this space. They are also keen to speak to our students who are interested in exploring internships with them. Do not hesitate to reach out to them for further communication!
S&P Global Company Visit
February 20, 2019
S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) is the world’s foremost provider of ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets. S&P Global Ratings is the division of S&P Global which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence.
It was a great pleasure to visit the S&P Global Hong Kong office on 20 Feb 2019 and receive an informative presentation about the work of an Analyst at S&P, and the essential value of the way S&P serves its clients. In addition, we also got to understand the S&P Employee Resource Groups, which gave us an insight into how diverse and inclusive is the S&P workplace. It was a truly impressive and enlightening company visit.
MBA-EMBA Mixer 2019
February 13, 2019
Cheers! Over 80 students and alumni from our HKU MBA and EMBA-Global Asia programmes had a wonderful evening at a networking event at the Artist House in Causeway Bay. Everyone’s favourite part? Personalising their own beer bottles with their favourite pictures in the Artist’s Photo Booth! Did you miss it? No worries--stay tuned for our upcoming events!
Richemont Company Visit
February 12, 2019
Richemont owns some of the world's leading luxury goods companies, with particular strengths in four business areas: Specialist Watchmakers, Jewellery Maisons, Online Distributors and Other Businesses. Each of the ‘Maisons’ represents a proud tradition of style, quality and craftsmanship. The brands it owns include A. Lange & Söhne, Azzedine Alaïa, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloé, Dunhill, IWC Schaffhausen, Giampiero Bodino, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lancel, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Piaget, Peter Millar, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
It was a huge pleasure to start off the Lunar New Year by visiting the Richemont Hong Kong office on 12 February, 2019. The HR leaders and talent sourcing professionals took time out from their tight schedule to explain to our MBA students the Richemont company values, operations and business. It was really an inspiring day for our students to get to understand more about the Maisons’ histories, the strategy forward, and, most importantly, to explore great career opportunities at Richemont for after their MBA journey, especially for those who are passionate about the luxury market.
Singapore Trek 2019
January 08, 2019
A group of passionate MBA students with the CDO team organised a career trek to Singapore from 8th to 11th of January 2019. The goal of the trek was for students to have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities and the business environment by visiting a range of companies, from global companies to startups, to meet, engage and interact with their management teams and top-level executives. Throughout the trek, students learned about career paths, experienced the work environments firsthand, expanded their networks, and explored around the region.
Our group of students who joined The MBA Singapore Trek were from five countries, with diversified education and professional backgrounds from technology and law to shipping and finance. They connected with different sorts of companies through company sharing sessions, networking and on-site tours. The trek proved a captivating introduction to Singapore. Students, exhausted at the end of each day’s succession of corporate visits, were fresh and energised the next morning to meet and engage with the companies’ HR and management teams.
The trek overall was a good introduction for students who looked to explore career opportunities in Singapore. They found it meaningful and fruitful.
“I joined Singapore Career Trek because I wanted to have a better understanding of the general job market in Singapore. The trek gave us a better picture of what it is like to work in Singapore and of its job culture and environment, through office tours and very interactive sessions with the companies’ representatives. I highly recommend everyone to join the trek -whether you are interested in Singapore’s job market or not – because we got to hear firsthand from some of the most experienced industry leaders on their experiences and the current industry landscapes. The Singapore trek inspired me in many different ways and motivated me to start preparing for job-hunting in the coming months. It was also a very good opportunity to build stronger bonds with the cohort!”
Kyoji Fukuda, Full-time MBA Class of 2019
“I joined Singapore Trek with the primary purpose of learning more about the business environment in Singapore. As a native Singaporean who has been based overseas, I was intrigued by the prospect of visiting different companies across various industries in order to expand my network and knowledge of the local market. In addition, I was hopeful that I might even discover a potential career opportunity within an industry that I had not previously had contact with. That said, my experience in Singapore was above and beyond my expectations. The interactions that I had with different people from various industries and functions were most enlightening, and I was greatly encouraged by the honest comments that were offered by senior business leaders. For me, I would say that the biggest takeaway from the Trek is the following advice. ‘Hard skills are expected, soft skills make up the difference.’ Moreover, given Singapore’s position as a leading technological hub in ASEAN, digital transformation is underway across many industries and sectors. It is increasingly important for the new generation of talent to be proficient in programming languages and adept at data analysis - technology advancements are radically changing the way business is done today and tomorrow. In conclusion, I would like to end with a useful quote from Mark Hall @ Adecco Singapore, “Watch the news!”
Yann Yeung, Full-time MBA Class of 2019
“Singapore, as one of the main financial and shipping centres in the world, has an irresistible attraction for me, a shipping manager with a focus on South East Asia. During the trek I came to understand the working visa and PR policy of Singapore, and the employment situation there. I got quite a lot of useful tips from the companies we visited. In particular, it is not easy for a foreigner to get a great job in Singapore currently due to the gloomy economy. We need to keep our eyes open and not miss any possible opportunities. My mind was opened to being more positive in self-branding and job searching. Overall, the Singapore trek exceeded my expectations!”
Lingda Kong (Authur), Full-time MBA Class of 2019
“I choose the Singapore Trek because, like Hong Kong, Singapore is one of the most appealing places to work in Asia, and I felt it would be helpful, not only to visit some of the most interesting companies in Asia, but also to have a deeper understanding about the job market in the city and in the Asia Pacific region.The visits offered more than I had imagined and I was able to gain a proper insight into the Singapore job market and of some of the companies. The visits also helped me to see that maybe it is not as difficult to get a job in Singapore as I thought it would be.”
João Costa, Full-time MBA Class of 2019
Celebrating Christmas and the Year End
December 15, 2018
Full-time student held a special event to celebrate the Christmas holiday, the end of 2018 and the end of their second term on December 15. Fifty full-time students gathered at a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour City, welcoming Prof. Eric Park and the Programme Office to share in the festivities. Students arranged a 'Secret Santa' event, having prepared gifts in advance, within a budget, and had the chance to exchange the gifts at the party. Students had a lovely time relaxing and sharing stories against the background of the fantastic Hong Kong skyline.
Ernst & Young Company Visit
December 04, 2018
The Career Services organised a company visit for FT MBA students to Ernst & Young on 4 December 2018. Those invited to speak to the students had significant work experience with Ernst & Young internationally, e.g. in U.S.A., Malaysia and Australia, before they joined the Hong Kong office. Also the senior recruiters came to meet with our MBA students and talked about the target candidate profiles, the company recruitment process and suitable job opportunities for our students.
Joint MBA Healthcare Seminar
December 03, 2018
On December 3, students from HKU, HKUST and CUHK gathered for a healthcare joint seminar. The event was first conceived of a few months ago during a cross-programme brainstorming session centered on building a community for MBA students who are interested in the healthcare industry.
Student speakers addressed many different subjects relevant to today’s increasingly complex healthcare industry. For example, Felix (HKUST) delivered a talk on the China healthcare market, Wayne (HKUST) discussed the pharmaceutical industry, Ryan (HKU) covered the medical devices industry, Neelardri (HKU) shared her ample expertise in the dentistry, and Song (CUHK) focused on patents and the healthcare industry.
Many full-time and part-time students from each school participated and had a lively discussion. Students are looking forward to the next healthcare event, given the positive response. We look forward to the next event and hope this joint MBA healthcare seminar will inspire more student-led events in the future.
Hiking in November
November 25, 2018
The MBA office co-organised two hiking sessions with the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre (LFSEEC) in November. We visited two popular hiking trails: Tai Tam Country Park and Lung Fu Shan. Our students and alumni were not only inspired by Hong Kong’s beautiful countryside, but also enlightened by the rich ecological and historical knowledge shared by staff of LFSEEC along the trails.
Visiting AXA Design and Experience Centre
November 20, 2018
The MBA Office organised a visit for full time and part time students to the stunning office space of the AXA Design and Experience Centre in Quarry Bay, which was developed in collaboration with Accenture. AXA Hong Kong speakers explained how AXA Hong Kong uses data science to add value and how new technologies can foster innovative insurance solutions but also humanise the customer experience. Our students participated in an interactive workshop for turning ideas into prototypes, which also helped them understand design methods for creative problem solving.
Leadership Talk by WTO
November 15, 2018
The MBA Office was honoured to host Mr. Marc Vanheukelen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Ambassador Vanheukelen delivered a leadership talk on “Saving the Multilateral Trading System”. He shared the challenges faced by the WTO and explained the underlying causes with examples from the current trade war brewing between the US and China.
Brady Shwartz, a full-time student in the MBA from the US, helped moderate the talk. He expressed that “this Leadership Talk was a very rare opportunity to ask questions to an expert who is so in-tune with the current global economic situation. Mr. Vanheukelen delivered some great insights into global trade, geopolitics, and predictions for the future.”
Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony
November 12, 2018
More than 200 MBA graduates and their guests attended the graduation ceremony at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the joy and achievement of the graduates. It was our great pleasure to have the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Xiang Zhang, as our Presiding Officer. Ms. Louisa Cheang, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank and Chairman of Hang Seng Bank (China), spoke at the ceremony which graduates listened appreciatively. Group photo-taking with the Professor Zhang, 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.
HKU MBA Celebrates Diwali in Style
November 03, 2018
Diwali, known as the festival of lights, is celebrated by Indians around the world every year. Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. While Diwali is uniquely Indian, its message of celebrating virtue, giving thanks, and rejoicing with friends and family is shared across cultures.
This year’s student-led Diwali celebration featured an Indian buffet, an Indian version of Bingo (‘tambola’) and plenty of singing and dancing. It was great seeing our classmates from around the world dress up in traditional Indian clothing as well. One of the many highlights of the evening were dance performances featuring our Indian and International classmates.
A big thank you to the MBA Office and the Class of 2019 for making this a celebration to remember!
Raj Shroff – class representative of class 2019
Gemstones Educational Talk
October 25, 2018
The MBA Office invited Ressigeac Gems, a gem company based in Bangkok that specialises in fine rubies, sapphires and precision cut semi-precious stones to deliver a talk to our students and alumni entitled “The Wonders of Coloured Gemstones”. Students and alumni were treated to a lecture on the refining process of gems from mine to market, introduction of the cut, colour, clarity and carat of gemstones as well as their investment opportunities. Finally, they were shown with the finest collection of gemstones and had the chance to appreciate the gems with what they had just learnt!
Mentorship E-launch Event
October 23, 2018
HKU MBA Mentorship programme is a 6 month programme running from mid-October to mid-March. The Mentorship programme for the MBA Class of 2019 was launched on 23rd Oct 2018 . In keeping with the times ahead, we began the event through an E-launch instead of a conventional physical gathering. This was highly appreciated by all the participants in the programme.
This year, we partnered with 40 mentors with very diverse backgrounds, to mentor our 59 students. The mission of the HKU MBA Mentorship programme is to give an opportunity for students to learn from industry leaders, build character and confidence, and strengthen leadership and interpersonal skills including networking and communication. Mentees get an opportunity to get acquainted with a mentor from his/her area of interest. This is a unique opportunity for students to develop a professional relationship with their mentors whose experience will place the students at an advantage during the MBA journey, and beyond.
Shenzhen Business Trek 2018
October 09, 2018
Shenzhen is a major technology centre globally in terms of R&D and the production of technology-led products and services. The HKU MBA Class of 2019 organised a day-long excursion to Shenzhen on 9 October 2018 to visit the new headquarters of Tencent, DJI exhibition hall and China Merchants Securities office. Students attended the company presentations and also networked with senior business executives to learn about the organisations’ cultures and the success stories behind them, as well as career opportunities available to both Chinese and non-Chinese speakers.
Gap Information Sharing Session
October 03, 2018
Gap Inc. Global Supply Chain and Product Operations organisation is comprised of over 7,000 employees who source, make, and deliver Gap Inc.’s iconic American style. They have five brands – Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix – retailing in more than 90 countries across multiple channels including online, stores, outlets and franchise. Their Global Supply Chain office is located in Hong Kong.
The company partner and senior executives came to meet with our MBA students in Oct 2018 for the Summer Internship and Rotational Leadership Development Programme (LDP). They also talked about their invaluable work experience in the Industry. One of our students, Anupriya Goswami, a member of the FT MBA Class of 2017, was selected to join the internship in July 2017. She came back to tell of her work experience in Gap, as well as how she settled into her career in Hong Kong after the MBA programme.
September 14, 2018
HKU MBA and EMBA-Global Asia students and alumni had a stimulating evening recently when they got together for a networking event in Central.
They lead lives full of study and work but that never douses their passion for socialising with each other. This mixer event was an ideal setting for business leaders from these top-ranked business programmes to gather, meet more people, exchange ideas, and broaden their views.
Enrichment Talk by ICAC
September 13, 2018
As many of our alumni and students hold senior management roles in various corporates, it is essential for them to understand how business ethics matters in profitability and sustainable business development. In view of this, Ms Katherine Ma from the Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre, ICAC was invited to deliver an enrichment talk on the topic "Ethics Legacy” to shed some light on regulatory requirements in the business world.
During the talk, they learnt how to assess challenges and corruption risks. Implementation of practical anti-corruption programmes and preventive measures was also introduced. Students and alumni found the talk very practical. They also found the exposition and analysis of real life cases particularly useful.
Fung Group Information Sharing Session
September 11, 2018
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.
On 11 September 2018, the company representatives came to speak with members of the Class of 2019 about PMD. One of the representatives was Mr. Philip Hui, a member of the FT MBA Class of 2011 who joined as a Management Associate, and recently became Special Assistant to the Group Chairman, Dr. Victor Fung. Philip talked about his international and cross-functional exposure, as well as how he has fast-tracked his career since Oct 2011.
Amplifying Music & Network
August 31, 2018
To create a different networking experience for our students and alumni, an acoustic appreciation event was held on August 31 at KEF Music Gallery in Central. Our students and alumni gave good responses to the event. They experienced the ultra-dense sound in the demonstration room, learnt more about the latest audio technology, and most importantly, to ‘amplify their network’.
HKU MBA Part-time Orientation 2018
August 11, 2018
The Part-time MBA Orientation on 11 August commenced the programme for the new batch of part-time students.
Upon a warm welcome by the MBA Office, programme details were provided to get students prepare and plan for their MBA journey. A team-building workshop was then held where students were put into different groups with mixed backgrounds and worked together to complete various tasks. They understood the importance of teamwork through the workshop, and then they realised that inter-team cooperation would bring even greater synergy. The full-day orientation was tiring, yet exciting and rewarding to the newcomers.
MBA Full-time & Part-time Mixer
August 01, 2018
Our full-time and part-time students greeted each other at the start of the MBA programme. Although their backgrounds are quite different, they mixed very well and had a good time mingling. We hope this mixer brought FT and PT students closer to collaborating in their MBA life ahead, and that the friendships built in the programmes will be extended beyond the classroom.
Full-time Alumni Talk + Panel Discussion + Networking Drinks
July 27, 2018
As part of the induction programme, our new full-time students dedicated an entire day to learn and network with their alumni. The day started with an insightful talk on HK FinTech Ecosystem by our alumnus Mr. Syed Musheer Ahmed, General Manager of the FinTech Association HK. Eight alumni graduated recently from our full-time programme were invited to join the alumni panel to share with the new students on time management, networking opportunities, teamwork skills and electives selection.
To further expand the network, students met more alumni at the networking event at BIZOU American Brasserie and learnt more about the MBA journey over a glass of wine. The MBA office would like to thank all alumni who spent their precious time to meet the new full-time students and make HKU MBA a united family.
HKU MBA Full-time Orientation 2018
July 27, 2018
A warm welcome to the Full-Time Class of 2019!
After they had built friendships during the China Immersion Programme in Beijing, this orientation marked the beginning of a new chapter in life for our MBAs, who are from almost 20 nationalities. They are stepping away from their comfort zones, taking every opportunity to learn, to grow and embrace change. We look forward to their journey with us!
Incoming Part-time Students Meeting Current Students
July 08, 2018
Another drinks event was held by the MBA Office for the incoming part-time students to meet with the current part-time students at Wanchai's DiVino Patio on July 8. As the students come from very diverse backgrounds and industries and from a spread of countries too, they had many interesting topics and experiences to share. The incoming students also got some useful study tips from the seniors to prepare them for the start of the MBA programme. All participants had a wonderful afternoon despite the hot and humid weather outside and hope to attend more activities of a similar type.
HKU MBA Networking Event
June 20, 2018
Cheers! The MBA Community had a wonderful experience at our first-ever Whisky Tasting Event, held on June 20 at Interval, Central. Under the guidance of Mr. Drew Mills at Diageo Special Release Tasting, our alumni and students sampled drams of rare and precious Scotch Whiskies made from famous and closed distilleries. All of them enjoyed the evening together and the opportunity it provided for networking with one another.
Incoming Part-time Students Welcome Drinks
June 09, 2018
Welcome drinks were held on June 9 at Central's Liberty Exchange Kitchen & Bar for the incoming part-time students. This was the first event for the new part-time students and it provided a setting for them to meet and interact with their future classmates. Looking forward to more interaction opportunities in the near future, this new batch will meet the current part-time students in July and gather again in an orientation programme in August.
HKU MBA Craft Beer Experience
June 08, 2018
Our first-ever Craft Beer Experience was held on June 8 at HK Brewcraft, Central. This activity provided a great networking platform for alumni, current full-time and part-time students, and they also learnt about the history of beer, brewing basics, styles of craft beer and local food pairing. We believe that through sharing these beer experiences, a newfound appreciation for beer must have been discovered!
HKU MBA Bowling Fun Day
May 27, 2018
Strike! The sound and sight of that perfect pin-smashing shot, followed by the cheers of teammates, this is the first ever bowling event in HKU MBA community. An enthusiastic group of staff, alumni, full-time and part-time students joined us at the bowling alley on May 28th. It was yet another great networking platform for everyone within the community to connect with each other. Our Sunday afternoon could not have been better spent!
Oxfam Rice Event 2018
May 20, 2018
On May 20, our MBA students and alumni participated in the Oxfam Rice Event to raise funds for the improvement of the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world. They spent an afternoon in the hot and humid weather, persuading pedestrians to donate by selling them Oxfam rice. Even though they were rejected by the majority of passersby, they still keep a smile on their face. In this event, they learnt to “give” instead of “take”.
HKU MBA Community Networking Drinks
May 18, 2018
The MBA community is a platform for alumni and students to connect with each other. The MBA office hosted get-together drinks at Zerve Bar on May 18th for alumni and students, who enjoyed a wonderful evening. They shared updates and career changes with each other plus talked about and laughed over the good old days in class.
Advanced Interviewing Skills Workshop
May 06, 2018
The Career Services team invited Ms. Angela Lee, a seasoned HR professional in both private and public sectors, to conduct an Advanced Interviewing Skills Workshop for the part-time MBA students. The workshop equipped the participants with strategic skills for behavioural & competency-based interviews.
Through the group discussion and role play exercises, the workshop helped participants to understand the assessment guidelines and selection decisions. Angela also highlighted the importance of authentic presence and gave her advice on interview preparation from both the employer’s and the candidate’s perspective.
HKU MBA Indoor Golf Simulators
April 29, 2018
Our first Indoor Golf activity was held on April 29th, bringing together an enthusiastic group of alumni, full-time and part-time students. All players had a good time and successfully swung away their stress. Those with less experience in golf also enjoyed the activity under the guidance of the coaches. It was indeed a great networking platform for everyone within the community to connect with each other.
HKU MBA & HKUAA Mixer
April 18, 2018
All current students gathered with alumni at Zafran on Apr 18th. The students enjoyed drinks together in a relaxed setting and were happy to meet up with not only their classmates and friends, but also members of the Hong Kong University Alumni Association (HKUAA). They were particularly delighted to meet with these professionals and extend their social and professional networks. The two communities mixed well in conversation over various topics and the students look forward to having more interaction with different professional groups in the future.
Resume Writing with Emotional Intelligence
April 13, 2018
The Career Services team invited Ms. Natalie Evie, an experienced executive coach with expertise in the psychology of emotional intelligence to conduct a Career Progression Workshop on ‘Resume Writing with Emotional Intelligence: How to Pass the Resume Screen to Get an Interview’ for both full-time and part-time MBA students.
Natalie gave her valuable insights and strong tips, from the recruiter’s perspective, on improving a resume. Through discussion of different resume samples and cases studies, the workshop helped participants to understand the real purpose of a resume and sharpen the winning edge of their own resumes for future career moves.
HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2018
March 17, 2018
We were excited to see over a hundred MBA students, including full-time, part-time year one and two, and MBA officers, joining the MBA Annual Dinner held at Bungalow, Central on 17th March 2018.
Guests were welcomed with free-flow drinks and canapes while enjoying vibrant neon lights and the colourful decoration, capturing the theme of Las Vegas. Some enjoyed taking pictures against the sparkling backdrop with casino style props while others entertained themselves by playing roulette drinking games. The casual and convivial atmosphere allowed all guests to walk around, mingle and make connections in person.
Our MBA director, Mr Sachin Tipnis, started the event by giving an inspiring speech about friendship, which was followed by an exciting magic show and lots of games throughout the night, with almost 30 attractive prizes ranging from dining vouchers to champagne for the game winners. The final highlight of the night was the presentation of the best dressed prize to Mr and Ms MBA who earned thunderous applause from the appreciative crowd.
This amazing event couldn’t have happened without support from HKU MBA office, the committee from Part-time year one and all the participants from current MBA students year one and two. We all had a great time and a night to remember.
2018 Annual Dinner Committee
MBA World Summit 2018 in Capetown, South Africa
March 14, 2018
We are very excited to announce that three of our full-time MBA students were selected to be among the top 100 inspiring participants in the MBA World Summit 2018 which took place 14th – 16th March in Capetown, South Africa. This is the 4th year consecutively for our MBA students to be selected to participate in this worldwide recognised event.
The aim of the Summit is to further strengthen inspirational exchange among the brightest MBA students around the world by meeting in person and building sustainable relationships between future business leaders. All summit participants have their travel, accommodation and entertainment expenses sponsored.
All participants had to undergo a multi-stage selection process to be invited to the Summit, in order to ensure the best selection of students with a passion for exchanging ideas and mutual inspiration. They had the chance to debate the most pressing issues of the day as well as future challenges and engage in a vibrant discussion on standards of practice. This year, the MBA students had also the opportunity to work together with 20 entrepreneurs from the township of Philippi to learn what it means to build a business out of an African township and to share their expertise with the entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their growth.
INFINITI Campus Talk
March 13, 2018
The INFINITI campus talk was held in HKU Town Centre on March 13, 2018 at our HKU MBA Town Centre. Mr. Liam Williams, Senior Manager of INFINITI Global Human Resource, explained the business overview and products of INFINITI, its global facilities and the greater focus on the luxury market in mainland China. Mr. Williams talked about the world’s first production, INFINITI VC-Turbo and its ready variable compression ratio engine. INFINITI’s marketing slogan – Empower the Drive – was also demonstrated as one of their main marketing strategies. Lastly, current project areas were presented with application time line and selection criteria. Our MBA students then had an insightful Q&A session with the INFINITI team and gained more knowledge of its corporate culture and job opportunities.
S&P Global Campus Talk
March 12, 2018
We were delighted to have Ms. Bonnie Cheng and Mr. Kenley Ma from S&P Global recruitment team, and speakers from Corporate Ratings team, Mr. Andy Liu and Mr. Leo Hu, visit our Town Centre on March 12, 2018 to conduct a briefing for our MBA students. S&P Global’s Corporate Ratings speakers provided an overview of S&P Global, their services, and an insightful “A Day in the Life of the Ratings Team” presentation, as well as the valuable experience of being with S&P Global. Information on upcoming opportunities, the application process and selection criteria were laid out by S&P Global’s recruitment team afterwards, followed by an interactive and dynamic Q&A session.
March 04, 2018
The HKU MBA Badminton Tournament 2018 was held on Mar 4th at the HKU Lindsay Ride Sports Centre, bringing together an enthusiastic group of staff, alumni, full-time and part-time students. All players were playing at a high level, while supporters were very much impressed with their intensity! It was also a great networking platform for everyone within the community to connect with each other. Many thanks to our alumni Stanley Chan and Vincent Wang for coordinating the sports programme.
Leadership Talk by Mr. Alan Hilburg
March 02, 2018
HKU MBA was honoured to host a leadership talk presented by Mr. Alan Hilburg, President and CEO of Hilburg-Malan, on the topic “From Tylenol to telephones on fire: Crisis leadership in the 21st Century” at the Town Centre on March 2.
The MBA students and alumni took away a lot from Mr. Hilburg’s talk. It helped to get them ready mentally for what to do when faced with brand trust issues in both their professional lives and personal lives. It also better prepared them to understand the values surrounding the businesses and to spend more time taking action to prevent crises.
Our students and alumni also enjoyed the drinks reception after the leadership talk which allowed them to talk personally with Mr. Hilburg and his colleagues Mr. Duke Malan and Ms. Chloe Lam.
Written by Kartik Parameswaran, MBA Candidate (Class of 2018), President of Finance Club
Chinese New Year Gathering
February 13, 2018
All current full-time, part-time students and alumni were invited by the MBA Office to gather at Liberty on Feb 13th. Everyone was happy to meet up with their classmates and friends to welcome the year of the Dog. With a very good mix of students and alumni, this event attracted more than 100 people and our guests were able to chill out and enjoy drinks together in a very cosy environment.
Facebook Recruitment Talk
February 08, 2018
Facebook executives came to meet HKUMBA students in Town Centre on 8 February to recruit summer interns. This will be the very first Facebook internship program in the APAC region, especially for the Hong Kong and Singapore offices. The intern will work in a Client Solutions Manager role for a 12 week period beginning mid-June. The session began with an informative presentation followed by a panel discussion and finished with Q&A plus networking. Both the Recruiting and CSM teams shared more information about the Facebook DNA, provided an overview of the Client Solutions Manager role and also discussed the culture and life at Facebook.
Psychological Preparation for Work Challenges
February 02, 2018
A core competence of the successful professional is the psychological strength to cope with stress and maintain what psychologists term, “emotional stability”. With this in mind, the Career Service team invited a clinical psychologist, Mrs. Beatrice Ng-Kessler, to talk to full time MBA students about techniques for stress management.
Mrs. Ng-Kessler guided the class to become more aware of their own thought processes, to see their own worry profiles and consider how to process worrisome thoughts. In the second part of the workshop, she covered symptoms of burnout and how to handle them. She also led the class to experience mindfulness and learn some relaxation skills. Her class encouraged students to better understand themselves, the workings of their mind and helped them acquire new skills to cope with stress.
Visit to Thomson Reuters - Finance Club
February 01, 2018
The Finance Club organised a visit to Thomson Reuters’s office at ICBC Towers, Central and we indeed had a very informative session. This visit gave us an opportunity to gain more knowledge about the Reuters’ Eikon system from the company representatives themselves and also interact with the company personnel. The Finance Club of the Full-time MBA Class of 2018 expressed its gratitude to Thomson Reuters for hosting us and sharing their knowledge about the company and the Eikon system.
A souvenir gift item was presented each to Ms. Kyer Gan, Client Specialist and Academy Manager, Mr. Steven Cheung, Client Specialist, and Mr. Neil Parbari, Managing Director, marking the conclusion of the visit.
Written by Finance Club Leaders, Full-toime MBA Class of 2018 Kartik Parameswaran, Albert Torstensson, Zach Sun, James Ong
Financial Modelling Session
January 25, 2018
The Finance Club and Career Services co-organised a knowledge session in Discounted Cash Flow and Mergers and Acquisitions modelling in collaboration with AMT Training, Hong Kong. The session was spread over two days.
In order to seek jobs in the investment banking space, it is imperative that one’s modelling skills are enhanced. With many of our classmates going on to London Business School and Columbia Business School to pursue advanced level courses in Finance, this session was indeed helpful in revising many of the financial concepts and also getting students used to playing with numbers on Excel.
The Finance Club thanked the trainer from AMT Training, Mr. Ronald Chung, for the session and presented him with a souvenir at the end of the two days.
Written by Finance Club Leaders, Full-time MBA Class of 2018 Kartik Parameswaran, Albert Torstensson, Zach Sun, James Ong
HKU MBA Singapore Trek 2018
January 17, 2018
As the business world becomes increasingly dependent on international networks, the Singapore Trek is designed for students who seek to develop a professional network in Singapore. We visited eight companies from different industries including UOB Kay Hian Holdings Limited, PersolKelly, Sia Partners, UPS Asia Pacific, MoneySmart (FinTech), Mapletree Investments, Apple and Infosys. In particular, the students met up with senior executives from the companies so that they could gain a better understanding of the business strategies, potential job openings as well as career development in these organisations. The Career Services Team also organised a networking event in the evening and invited alumni, business leaders as well as other external stakeholders to share views about working and living in Singapore.
Alumni & Students Gathering in Shenzhen
January 13, 2018
HKU MBA organised a gathering for our alumni and students in Shenzhen on 13 January. This gathering helped strengthen the bond between students and alumni beyond Hong Kong in the Pearl River Delta. It also re-connected the MBA community to keep each other updated on the new developments and business opportunities in the concept of a Greater Bay Area.
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance - MBA Joint School Event
January 11, 2018
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance and Infiniti hosted a MBA joint school event at our HKU Admiralty Town Centre on 11 Jan 2018. The combination of Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault creates a new force in the global auto industry. This is one of the world’s leading automotive alliances and has helped Renault and Nissan outperform historic regional rivals, elevating both companies to an elite tier. The Alliance China Team is also, for the first time, hiring MBA students for their Alliance Rotational Development Program (ARDP) in China and they came to our HKU MBA Town Centre to meet with some targeted students for interviews.
Career Progression Workshop
January 10, 2018
Career Services team invited Ms. Karen See, an experienced global executive to conduct a Career Progression Workshop on ‘Communicating, Executive Presence and Putting Your Boldest Self Forward’ for both full-time and part-time MBA students.
Ms. See shared her views on leadership presence in both professional and personal life. Through the discussion on different leadership styles, non-verbal communication, signature voice and active listening, the workshop helped participants to review their presence and ‘always on’ approach to leading in life. Everyone can put their boldest self forward and make an impact on people around when we are fully engaged.
Company Visit to L’Oréal Travel Retail - HK Office
December 11, 2017
The world leader in beauty, L’Oréal is today present in 140 countries. On every continent, the group creates and develops cosmetic products adapted to the infinite diversity of its consumers. L’Oréal is always seeking top students for programmes and placement opportunities in locations all over the world. We invited 18 students who were passionate and interested in the travel retail business to join the company visit on 11 Dec 2017.
Women in Leadership Club: The Gender Experiment
December 08, 2017
The Women in Leadership Club organised The Gender Experiment, its annual marquee event on Dec 8, 2017. The topic for the panel discussion was, "Leading Across Cultures: Does Gender Affect Leadership in Multi-Cultural Teams.” As a group, the panel aimed to discuss how different genders react to cultural differences in the workplace and how leadership skills can be developed in an increasingly global work environment.
The event was hosted at Citibank. The panelists included Mary Beth Asher, Assistant Vice President of the Asia Pacific Sales at AT&T; Kris Lui, Director, Human Resource at The Dairy Farm Group; Charles Lankester, EVP at Ruder Finn; Priscilla Ng, Head of Customer Franchise at Citibank Global Consumer Banking and Syed Musheer Ahmed, General Manager (Interim) at FinTech Association of Hong Kong. The event was moderated by Joanna Chin, founder of M4W group. The panel interacted with the audience and addressed a lot of questions from them. The panelists, each from a different background, shared their stories and personal lessons learnt.
The event was attended by the MBA students of HKU, HKUST and industry professionals. The event was followed by a brief networking session.
Written by Anusha Raheja, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
HKU MBA Leadership Talk – DHL
December 08, 2017
It was a great honour for HKU MBA to host Mr. Mark Slade, Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau, the freight and forwarding division of DHL, to give us a guest lecture on - “Head, Heart, and Guts” on December 8. The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to the talk with many comments on it, and to have had full-time and part-time students, and alumni participating in this event.
Mark explained in detail about the DHL leadership strategy and gave an overview of the logistics industry, especially in the Mainland China and Hong Kong region.
The audience came to have a deeper understanding of DHL, of Mark’s points of views on the logistics industry, how DHL manages its operations on a global scale, and the efforts that the employees take to ensure that customers get the best service.
Testimonial from current full-time student- Abhijit Sharma -
“The event was well organised and saw a huge turnout from the alumni, the Part time MBA batch, and the Full time MBA batch.
I have always been interested in the logistics industry. Mark not only gave us first-hand knowledge of DHL but also its competitors. He explained the important points about how DHL operates and how the company is trying to remain competitive in today’s circumstances. His experience in the industry truly impressed me.
One key thing I learnt from Mark was that one must always be looking forward to develop great working relationships with staff and employees because a motivated workforce makes achieving the organisational goals easier, this factor reinforces the importance of human capital in any organisation.”
Jumpstarter 2017 Grand Finale
November 21, 2017
Jumpstarter 2017 was Hong Kong’s largest and most rigorous startup pitch event to date. Our students attended this startup conference where they met with entrepreneurs, startups, investors and local government. They all had wonderful experiences, especially gaining ideas from the teams entering Final Pitch including the top 3 winners, Inovo Robotics, En-trak and Farm 66, being inspired by the CEO talks, and hearing great advice from Mrs. Carrie Lam and Mr. Jack Ma.
Maison Capital Campus Talk
November 07, 2017
Maison Capital (“MC”) is a well-established private equity firm focusing on the consumer technology, consumer service and consumer lifestyle sectors, predominantly in mainland China. MC has successfully invested in numerous market leaders including DJI and grown together with these companies over the decade. The company partner and senior executives came to meet with our students for the 2018 full-time internship opportunities in Shenzhen / Beijing / Hong Kong and, most importantly, they talked about their invaluable work experience in the private equity Industry.
Calvin Klein In-store Event
November 02, 2017
HKU’s MBA students and alumni had an exciting Thursday night at the Asia headquarters of Calvin Klein.
Liz Edmiston, Chief Brand Officer, Calvin Klein APAC, was the speaker for the evening. Speaking from her very relevant experience, Liz shared her thoughts on “Building a Career through Building Brands”, from a fashion angle. She spoke about her personal journey, the high points and the low points of her life and the lessons she learned from them. Topics such as branding, Calvin Klein’s journey and prospects for the next few years were discussed. This was followed by a Q&A session where Liz was joined by her team.
The students also got an exclusive sneak peek at the Spring 2018 collection, and champagne and canapés. Every attendee also received souvenirs from CK.
It was an inspiring and enjoyable session. We really appreciate the warmth with which the CK office hosted us.
Anusha Raheja, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018
President of Women in Leadership Club
Joint-U Halloween BBQ Party
October 29, 2017
Leaves have started to fall and autumn is in full swing, marking the end of a hectic yet fruitful term for the full time MBA class of 2018. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of reports, tests and presentations. Now that the tempest has subsided, albeit temporarily, celebration begins.
The class representatives organised a joint event with the full time MBA class of 2018 from HKUST. With Halloween around the corner, it was apt to have a Halloween themed beach barbeque social gathering, a great way to meet our peers from the other university and connect. It took place on Shek-O beach and the location was a lively blend of sun, sand, drinks and great conversations.
Harsim Ranjit Singh, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018
Company Visit to Fidelity International HK Office
October 26, 2017
Our student ambassador, Tiffany Zheng from Class of 2018 told us about her company visit to Fidelity, where she gave a few minutes of introduction to the HKU MBA programmes, which was well received by the audience and the firm.
“It was really rewarding that we got to learn about the company, including their recruiting, how Fidelity structures the different teams for the Hong Kong office, their training programme, and an employee’s typical career path. We gained a very clear picture of what we can expect if we get into the company.
I got to know more about Fidelity as a company. I also got a view of their investment strategy and portfolio construction methodology. The firm’s senior staff took us through some of the specific investments they have been making in the past, to give a clearer picture of the buy-side.”
Tiffany Zheng, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018
Fidelity International offers world class investment solutions and retirement expertise. Fidelity is a privately owned and independent company, investing USD $279 billion globally on behalf of clients in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Their clients range through pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals. In addition to asset management, Fidelity offers investment administration and guidance for employer benefit schemes, advisers and individuals in several countries. They are responsible for USD $83 billion in assets under administration.
Campus Talk with Gap
October 24, 2017
The Gap recruitment team visited our Town Center on Oct 24th to promote their Leadership Development Programme (LDP) and its careers at Gap. The representatives from the Global Supply Chain Organisation delivered the business strategy, with its retail networks in more than 90 countries across multiple channels. Students learned about innovation in retail industry that has come from the factory, merchandising, inventory planning and logistics. Anupriya Goswami, Class of 2017, also joined and spoke about her valuable experience as an intern and her views about the programme.
Our students found this rotational programme very attractive because it provides exclusive access to management, training and resources. After successfully completing the programme, candidates will be placed in a full-time manager-level role in Gap.
Diwali Celebration 2017
October 21, 2017
HKU MBA celebrates the festival of lights with the spirit of unity in diversity
The ancient Hindu festival of Diwali is celebrated across the world. It symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Diwali transcends borders and cultures. It is about being thankful for what we have been given and celebrating it with friends and family.
HKU MBA celebrates Diwali because it is an inspiring community that believes in creating bonds and appreciates varied ways of looking at the world.
To celebrate Diwali, class representatives of HKU MBA organised a celebration with an array of Indian food, drinks and music in honour of the "festival of lights”. The students who attended the event gave the culinary and cultural experience very positive reviews. They enjoyed the sumptuous Indian food, in particular, chicken curry, samosa, and crisp fried pastry. People couldn’t keep their fingers out of these delicious Indian dishes and finished them one-by-one. Non-Indian classmates dressed up in traditional Indian wear to brighten the party. Everyone danced together to the tunes of Indian music.
The multi-national class celebrates the festival of lights with the spirit of unity in diversity.
Harsim Ranjit Singh, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018
Daiwa Capital Market Campus Talk
October 10, 2017
Six team members who look after Electronic Trading Solutions at Daiwa Capital Markets came to Town Centre on 10 October 2017 to tell MBA students how their solutions have automated the trading processes that many executives have come to know over the years. In addition, they spoke to students about a number of internship opportunities in the team. During the networking session with the Daiwa team, students came to appreciate how it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between office, back office and IT functions and that technology is now the backbone of the financial services industry.
Campus Talk with Practicus Consulting
September 29, 2017
HKU MBA was the first business school in Hong Kong to host a campus talk with Practicus Consulting, which was held in September 2017. Four company representatives came to provide an overview of their global business and an insight into the consulting market in Hong Kong. They also gave examples of projects delivered, the challenges faced in the successful delivery as well as the type of talent that they are looking for in their growing business.
Deloitte MBA Recruiting Info Session
September 28, 2017
Deloitte Consulting hosted 60 MBA students from HKU and HKUST at our HKU Admiralty Town Centre on 28 September 2017. We invited ten representatives from the Consulting Team to talk about the Deloitte culture, explain the evolution of the business and their human capital needs for the Greater China offices (Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing). Students learnt how Deloitte Consulting differentiates itself from other advisory/management consulting firms and they also came to understand what it takes to be a successful consultant. The students will be subsequently invited to attend the Consulting Career Panel and Case Practice Session organised by Deloitte to learn more about consulting and to brush up on their case cracking skills.
MBA Full-time & Part-time Mixer
September 17, 2017
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, 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.
Microsoft Insight Day
September 12, 2017
The full-time MBA students at HKU MBA were amongst those invited to attend Microsoft Insight Day on 12 September 2017 at Microsoft’s office here at Cyberport. The forum showcased how the latest digital technology would be empowering organisations as well as individuals. In particular, senior executives were sharing their views on business transformation through AI, machine learning and robotics. Very importantly, our MBA students learnt about the details of the Microsoft Academy of College Hires programme, had an opportunity to network with the business leaders, and gained an insider view of what constitutes a “fit” in the Microsoft culture.
The Google Talk
August 21, 2017
This was a highly-anticipated event which saw a huge turn-out from the Full-time MBA batch, Part-time MBA batch and alumni.
Ms. Leonie Valentine gave students a sneak peek into Google’s work environment, and spoke about the company’s unique corporate culture that encourages diversity and innovation. She was a very engaging speaker and had everyone’s full attention when she spoke about her experiences and current interests outside of work. She also motivated students to reflect on the importance of rethinking the current education system by putting emphasis on girls studying coding.
Students gave positive feedback about being inspired by her career progression from customer service to a role in managing sales & operations. By demonstrating the importance of perseverance, Ms. Leonie is definitely a role model for all students to look up to.
Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop
August 21, 2017
Career Services team welcomed Mr. Jonathan Kwan, Managing Director of Kwantum Leap Group to conduct a workshop on “Interview Skills Enhancement” on 21 August 2017. The workshop equipped students with the necessary skills, such as awareness of what interviewers are assessing, the key points for interview preparation, and salary negotiation, and it also demonstrated non-technical interview skills. Most importantly, Jonathan pointed up valuable aspects of the interview process, which appear in the very early stage of contact and which might be overlooked by most candidates. The workshop was highly interactive and useful.
Testimonial from Students
“We have all attended some sort of interview or communications workshop in the past, whether in college or in our previous jobs. However, this Interview Enhancement Workshop was not only practical but also insightful. Most students neglect the importance of on-campus information sessions. If you think that information sessions are simply there for you to learn more about a company, think again! In reality, they are also an opportunity for the company to make a preliminary screening of the sea of applicants before the actual interviews begin! Sure, you may argue that it is impossible for recruiters to remember any candidate from an information session, but if you do succeed in leaving a positive image, this information may be passed along within the company, allowing you a greater chance of landing an interview.
In terms of the interview itself, the most important objective for any candidate is not to impress the interviewer by demonstrating all your strengths and achievements, but to be memorable. Can the interviewer still remember your achievements after ten back-to-back interviews on a busy afternoon? If not, then no matter how impressive your background is, your interview can be considered unsuccessful.”
Eric Leung, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
“Not only was the workshop challenging, Jonathan’s direct feedback for improving face to face Behavioural Interview Questions was invaluable. The workshop covered a lot of information on real-life job interview topics, delivered in concise chunks that were easy for us to understand. Jonathan also shared some inspiring stories from his past working experience in the consulting industry and coaching experiences at the world’s top business schools. He has a logical and effective method of teaching that truly connected with and inspired the students. I can’t speak highly enough of this Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop.”
Monica Wang, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Part-time MBA Orientation 2017
August 12, 2017
The 1-day Part-time MBA Orientation on 12 August at SkyCity Marriott Hotel launched the programme for the new batch of students.
On the Saturday morning, with minds fresh and open to new ideas, the students received a warm welcome from our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, who gave them vision and direction to help them leverage the MBA programme.
To help our MBA students prepare for the up-coming challenges, a team building workshop was held in the afternoon, which made students think outside regular bounds and learn to work as team. They were put into different groups with mixed backgrounds and worked together to complete various missions. They understood the importance of working as a team within the team but, through the workshop, they realised that inter-team cooperation would bring even greater synergy.
During the full-day orientation, new part-time students got to know their classmates for the coming two years and also friends for life.
Career Journey Workshop
August 10, 2017
On 10 August, 2017, Ms. Joanna Chin, Principal of M4W Group came to Town Centre to conduct a workshop on ‘Career Journey’. Joanna began her career as a corporate lawyer over 20 years ago, working principally in the area of mergers and acquisitions before becoming an executive coach. The workshop provided students the time for self-reflection, and enabled them to articulate their unique attributes for potential employers. Students gained clarity in identifying their personal traits, core values, passion, strengths, skills and achievements. They also gathered valuable tips for the career journey.
Testimonial from Student
“Placements should happen as an outcome of a sweet spot between 3 Whats. 'What am I good at?’ 'What is it that I enjoy doing?’ 'What can I contribute to this world’ Most of us, while in the early stages of our career or in the middle of it, forget at least one of the three 'Whats' because of either the pace we adopt or the direction we choose to go in. And gradually, we arrive at a mismatch that results in discontentment within ourselves. Ms. Joanna Chin rightly called the session a 'Journey' as every part of it had a fact-finding exercise, implication, and a resulting message. I highly recommend that every individual who is working presently or wishes to work in future, should live this journey. It not only helps to know oneself better but also makes one stronger and more confident to take better informed decisions.
A curious, excited and, throughout, captivated group of students from diverse backgrounds in FT MBA batch proved that this was one of the best coaching lessons they had ever attended.”
Nupur Gupta, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Business Transformation on Digitalisation
August 08, 2017
The social media and social networking industry has grown very fast in the past couple years. On 8 August 2017, Career Services team was proud to host Mr. Micson Kwong, Business Director of E-Commerce of Facebook in Greater China to talk to our students about business transformation from digitalisation. Mr. Kwong introduced their brand, the impact of mobile revolution, the consumer trend and their strategies for success. One of his most insightful disclosures was their vision for growing the internet connection for their future business. Students had also learned about the company culture of Facebook which was highly appreciated by their staff.
Testimonial from Students
”It’s was our great pleasure to welcome Mr. Micson Kwong, the business director of E-commerce of Facebook in Greater China. He gave us a brief introduction to Facebook and its app industrial cluster. We were all impressed by the attention Facebook has paid to specific sections of the social media market. Mr. Kwong then clarified the ultimate purpose of Facebook, which goes far beyond the business itself to be concerned with the revolution in technology and the common welfare of mankind. Finally, he also shared the dynamic and innovative company culture of Facebook. Through this industrial sharing session, the class not only strengthened their understanding of Facebook as a company, but also acquired invaluable information about the application of technology and social media and their increasing impact on global business itself.”
Tom Liu, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Students were especially excited to have a sharing session with an expert working with familiar social media platforms. Through this talk, we learnt that Facebook actually does much more than just connect people - We were exposed to the business side of the platform and the role it plays in the booming e-commerce industry. It was enlightening to hear about mobile trends and user patterns from another perspective, and this opportunity definitely changed our views of how things work in the social media giant. Mr. Kwong also shared his experiences and tips for students exploring careers in e-commerce.
Amanda Gan, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
The Emerging Chinese Banks in the Asia Investment Banking Industry
August 07, 2017
On 7 August 2017, Career Services were honoured to have Mr. Paul Au, Head of Fixed Income at China Merchants Bank International to share his experience of the emerging Chinese banks in the Asia investment banking industry. It gave our MBA candidates an opportunity to obtain crucial market insights directly from a source rather than a case study or a textbook. Students speaking to decision makers in the finance industry also allows them not only to find out about the changes that have been happening in the sector, but also to gain insight into where fixed income as an asset class and bond trading are heading in China, Hong Kong and Asia. The talk was very well received.
Testimonial from Students
“His insights on how to best enter the job market as an MBA graduate were especially useful since, as a non-Mandarin speaker, there is an additional hurdle to overcome. By gathering knowledge from senior figures and experts like him, you stand a chance of excelling in an interview and progressing in the recruitment process, something that would be increasingly difficult otherwise.“
Albert Torstensson, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
“Mr. Au was a great asset to us speaking on emerging Chinese banks in our Asian investment banking industry workshop. His understanding of Asia banking markets comes from almost 12 years in the industry and he was very informative about the structure of banks and capital markets in Asia and particularly Hong Kong. His experience in foreign and domestic banks in Hong Kong meant that he had valuable knowledge to share with us. Mr. Au gave us a fascinating session and any further opportunity to listen to him should be taken. Thank you Mr. Au.“
Tiffany Zheng, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Industry Sharing – Marketing, Branding & Strategy
August 05, 2017
On Saturday 5 August 2017, Career Services invited Ms. Julie Chiu, General Manager of Customer Relationship Development for SmarTone to share with MBA students her extensive experience working in local and regional marketing across different industries covering insurance, FMCG, banking and telecommunications. She introduced what marketing is, its structure and the different functions available in the marketing field. Julie also shared useful insights about the industry and offered valuable advice on job searching and interviews. Students not only learnt about the industry but also the reality as a marketer.
Testimonial from Student
“Ms. Julie Chiu delivered a lecture that turned out to be an eye opener for many of the classmates, busting several myths regarding the marketing industry. Moreover, Ms. Chiu supplemented various facts with relevant data points. Personally, I found the lecture to be an enlightening one which in turn would help me narrow down my career choices.”
Tushar Agarwal, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Alumni Panel Discussion 2017
August 05, 2017
The Alumni Services and Career Services teams organised an alumni panel discussion for our current full-time MBA students on August 5th. We invited alumni who are currently living and working in Hong Kong to share their “MBA Life”. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of the MBA Programmes. We discussed topics on time management skill, networking opportunity and group case presentations during the session. After the panel discussion, the MBA Office also organised a networking session at the Liberty in Central so that students were able to interact with the alumni in a cozy environment.
Hong Kong Capital Markets and M&A
August 04, 2017
On 4 August 2017, Career Services invited Mr. Richard Winter, Director of Quam Limited and CEO of Quam Capital to Campus to share his experience of working in Hong Kong in the investment industry. He explained how the industry has evolved, the regulatory landscape surrounding the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, the emergence of Chinese clients and financial services institutions, as well as the career opportunities available across the different functions. Richard talked about some of the qualifications that are most valued by employers in the industry. One particular discussion, in which students asked numerous questions, focused on how disruptive technology would impact the industry as a whole, in the long term.
Testimonial from Student
“It was a pleasure to have Mr. Winter as our speaker for the Hong Kong Capital Markets and M&A workshop. Mr. Winter is very knowledgeable about Asia markets and has witnessed changes in the industry over the past 20 years. He also introduced the major transactions that have taken place in the industry and he had all the answers to our questions on the banking industry. Mr. Winter also emphasised the compliance and regulation side of the industry. I commend him and his team in Quam Capital for making the session so worthwhile. Thank you Mr. Winter.“
Tiffany Zheng, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Industry Sharing – Private Equity / Venture Capital / Hedge Fund
August 03, 2017
On 3 August 2017, Career Services team was excited to have Mr. Gregoire Dechy back to give an Industry Sharing session on Private Equity / Venture Capital / Hedge Funds. Gregoire has over 15 years of markets experience, in which he has specialised in asset management and operations in hedge funds / private equity. Gregoire walked the students through a case about an Indian company which received funding from a Chinese e-commerce company, the landscape of the PE/VC/HF industry and he shared his perception of trends in supporting functions that our MBA candidates could look into. Through the open discussion, students learnt about what skill sets are required and how to be well prepared to pursue a career in the industry.
Testimonial from student
“The PE/VC/HF Industry Sharing session conducted by Gregoire Dechy was an eye opener. Mr. Dechy has years of experience in these industries and had a lot to share with us. He did well in making the session as interactive as possible and he allowed us to contribute the experiences and knowledge we have of the industry, as well. As someone who has no experience in this field, I found it very informative and helpful in understanding the different aspects of private equities, venture capital firms and hedge funds. He also did a really good job of showing us that sometimes we need look no further than our fellow classmates for information.“"
Megan Weill, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Industry Sharing – Asset Management
August 01, 2017
Industry Sharing – Asset Management
On 1 August 2017, the Career Services team invited Mr. Gregoire Dechy to give an Industry Sharing session on asset management. Gregoire has over 15 years of markets experience, in which he has specialised in asset management and operations in hedge fund / private equity. He covered certain general concepts of asset management, a case study on SAC & Point72, the global financial crisis, and the structural change in the financial industry. He also shared a useful source for Hong Kong fund management and some good books on the subject. Most importantly, he helped students to identify their career interests and suitability in the asset management industry and to plan ahead.
Testimonial from Student
“When we talk about asset management, which is a hardcore financial discipline, normally it doesn’t excite people working outside that industry. Mr. Dechy’s industry sharing session on asset management managed to change that perspective completely and got so many people from our class excited and eager to join the industry. He introduced the basic concepts of the discipline and shared some of his fascinating experiences. The interactive nature of the session meant that the entire class participated very enthusiastically.“
Pranab Sarkar, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Inside the Consulting Industry & Case Cracking
August 01, 2017
The case cracking workshop was held on August 1, 2017, organised by Career Services team. We were happy to have Mr. Giles Brennand, a management consultant with over 20 years of experience in senior leadership, as our speaker.
Case cracking is an interview technique historically used in consulting interviews; but, these days, almost all companies use them, in some variation, during their interview processes. As such, the Case Cracking Workshop has been designed to help our students understand the interview process better with real-world examples. Having to actively participate in comprehensive case exercises, students structured analysis, and so were able to learn more about case analysis. The interactive sharing from Mr. Brennand brought us great insights into consultancy, enriching our career development plans for the industry.
Testimonial from Students
“Mr. Giles Brennand shared his extensive knowledge and experience in the consulting industry with us through both an informational talk and an eye opening crash course in case interviews. His tough but patient style was the perfect introduction to the challenges we'll face throughout our course and in landing our first post-MBA job. His personal insights garnered from his time at Boston Consulting Group and the information he provided us with on the state of consulting companies in East Asia and ASEAN was of great value to myself and my peers, helping us plan and adjust our career goals.“
Peter Chestnut, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018
“Case studies are an integral part of the MBA journey. From assignments to job interviews, cracking them well is critical. The MBA class of 2018 commenced its own MBA journey with a great workshop on Case study cracking by Mr. Giles Brennand. Mr. Brennand is a well seasoned professional in consulting and financial practice with broad experience from working with BCG, PwC, Accenture, and Booze and Co.
The class was given a case study and everyone worked together on getting the final answer. The aim was to identify the right framework to solve a problem at hand. We were coached in asking the right questions, looking for answers, making the right assumptions and breaking the problem down.
It was a great session to lay the right foundation for solving case problems. We are extremely thankful to Mr. Brennand and the Career Services team for this valuable session.”
Anusha Raheja, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Industry Sharing – Marketing and PR in HK
July 31, 2017
The Full-time MBA I3 Career Development Series kicked off with the first session of industry sharing, organised by our Career Services team. We were honoured to have Ms. Emma Smith, CEO of MHP Communications Hong Kong, share with us her expertise in PR and Marketing. Emma told us about the current industry trends, what public relations actually is, and gave insights into thought leadership and the storytelling power of social media. There was more. She gave our MBA valuable tips on building up their personal brand. Lots of questions were generated from the floor.
Testimonial from Student
“Ms Emma Smith gave a broad but detailed overview of the PR industry, which most students were unfamiliar with. The talk was truly insightful and has changed the perspectives of students about PR, especially its role in more familiar business areas like Financial Services. It was a great experience for me personally too as a task force member, for the opportunity to get close and personal with an industry expert.”
Amanda Gan, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Headhunting in Hong Kong
July 31, 2017
Mr. Tom Bispham, Managing Director of MA Capital, which manages investments in mining projects globally for the Mining Associates Group, came to campus on 31 July 2017 to give a talk to MBA students, organised by Career Services team, on the topic of Headhunting in Hong Kong. Tom has some 35 years of experience as a project finance banker and investment banker. He walked the students through the landscape of the banking industry and shared many industry insights, trends, skill sets requirements, and practical tips on networking and interview preparation with the MBA students. The students found that the sharing was really useful for preparing to join the banking industry in Hong Kong.
Testimonial from Student
“The Headhunting in Hong Kong workshop conducted by Tom Bispham was very insightful. Mr. Bispham covered a wide variety of things to be aware of when networking and working with a recruiter, from points as simple as having a firm handshake and making eye contact to asking for informational interviews. My biggest takeaway from this session was that little things matter when you are trying to build relationships with people in your network.“
Megan Weill, Full-time MBA Class of 2018
Full-time MBA Orientation 2017
July 28, 2017
A warm welcome to the Full-Time Class of 2018! The 2-day orientation marked the beginning of a new chapter in life for our MBAs from across 19 nationalities.
Unlike the usual orientations which help students to break the ice and get to know each other, our students had already built friendships during the China Immersion Programme in Beijing and were ready to take up challenges in the coming year together as a team.
The MBA office previewed the intensive 14-month MBA programme, including the detailed course information, the series of career exercises, and the abundant enrichment and networking opportunities. Students are excited about all these chances and challenges which are what they are looking for to help them step out of their comfort zones. As the inspirational quote from Jim Rohn says, “Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want.”
HKU MBA Community Drinks
July 16, 2017
The MBA office hosted a community drinks at Armani Prive on Jul 16th, wherein all current full-time, part-time students, graduating students and alumni are invited. It was a good opportunity for each participant to get connected with others within the community in a cozy environment. Also, the current students took this opportunity to congratulate the graduating students on their great achievement in completing the MBA journey.
Celebration – HKU MBA Ranked Top Programme in Asia for Finance
June 28, 2017
To celebrate HKU MBA being ranked No. 12 in the world and is the No. 1 Asian school in the Financial Times Top MBAs for Finance, the MBA Office hosted a networking event with recruiting partners from both financial services and non-financial services sectors. Close to 50 representatives from banks, PE/VC firms, the Big 4 organisations, consulting houses, FMCG, TMT and e-commerce organisations, as well as recruitment firms, came together to talk about employment trends in their industries. In addition, members of the MBA Career Services team discussed with the guests additional collaboration activities and how to further strengthen the partnership.
Part-time MBA Welcome Drinks 2017
June 10, 2017
On June 10, welcome drinks were held at Liberty Exchange Kitchen & Bar in Central for the incoming part-time students. This was the first event for the new part-time students and it provided an opportunity for them to meet and interact with their future classmates. As the students come from very diverse backgrounds and industries and from a spread of countries too, they had many interesting topics and experiences to share. The whole class of this new batch will gather again in the August orientation programme to strengthen their group bonding and team spirit.
March 22, 2017
“Bridging the Gap between Start-ups and Corporates”, was a cohosted event on March 22, 2017 between the HKU and HKUST MBA programmes. Our objective was to bring together the entrepreneurial students of the two MBA communities whilst delivering meaningful content.
Testimonial from students
Steven Gibson, Part-time MBA, Class of 2017
"The event received strong support with over 80 attendees on the night. Our speakers and panelists from KPMG, Microsoft, Lane Crawford, Brinc Plus and Gormei provided the audience with great insight into the current challenges start-ups and corporates face when working with each other, plus some helpful advice on bridging the gap. Some tips included:
start-ups need to focus and be clear on their value proposition when approaching corporates,
corporates must get ready for the next wave of innovation to hit them, especially professional services, and
in the end, being nice goes a long way!
Thank you to HKU MBA community for your support in setting up and running this event and attending. We hope you got as much out of this as we did. "
Testimonial from Tanuj Bathla, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
"I was one of the organisers of the HKU/HKUST event titled ‘Bridging the gap’ along with Steve Gibson (fellow HKU MBA) and Tonia Yim (HKUST MBA). The theme for the event was showing how large corporations and startups could collaborate better to learn from each other. We had a great lineup of speakers from companies like KPMG, Lane Crawford, Microsoft and several others. Not only did this event show how companies from different industries could better collaborate but it was also a great way for members of HKU and HKUST to collaborate. This event helped everyone involved build up their networks and learn about the challenges that everyone in the Hong Kong ecosystem was facing.
We had strong support from the students and teams of both schools. Members of our admin team and teaching staff also came to show their support and we thought this was a great gesture and truly showed how members of HKU are all part of a big family."
March 21, 2017
The Career Services team organised an excursion to Shanghai for the full-time MBA students to meet with recruiting partners, including EY, Intel, PayPal, Richemont, Memebox, Yoox Net-A-Porter and many more. In addition, students were introduced to HR consulting firms such as Bó Lè and Kelly Services during the trip. Students learnt about the career landscape in general in Mainland China, as well as specific opportunities within different industry sectors. In addition, there was a networking event for students to mingle with HKU MBA alums and other business leaders based in the city.
Sharing from Sia Partners
March 15, 2017
Two representatives from Sia Partners came to Town Centre to walk students through this boutique consulting firm’s culture and its services to clients in Asia. In addition, they delivered a presentation on cybercrime, in particular the cost of and impact of cyber-related criminal activities on today’s economy, the nature of the threats, and the technologies companies are using to mitigate the risks. The team further explored IT projects that Sia Partners undertakes to help clients in the financial services industry navigate the cybercrime landscape and the recent regulatory pressure in Asia. Finally, they met with students informally, one-on-one to explore their career interests and potential fit into the organisation.
MBA Farewell Party
March 11, 2017
On Saturday March 11th, 2017, the HKU MBA Full-Time class held a Farewell Party at ABOVE in Ovolo Southside Hotel. The party was a farewell event held before many in the full-time class depart for international exchange programmes at Columbia Business School in the US, London Business School in the UK, and Fudan University in China.
Halfway into the evening, there was a slideshow presentation featuring various moments from the full-time class programme. Included were pictures of the China Immersion Programme at BLCU in summer 2016, of the Orientation Programme, and of festive events like Diwali, Christmas, and Chinese New Year. Students enjoyed the food, drinks, and music at the event and memorable group photos were taken. The highlight of the night was the awards presentation to the “outstanding” ones from the full-time class. Students had previously voted online for several categories including “Best Speaker”, “Most likely to be CEO”, etc. There was a great deal of laughing and joking when the winners were presented with their certificates and made short speeches.
All in all, the Farewell Party was a success. Students and staff enjoyed the celebratory mood and it will be remembered by all as a positive highlight of their MBA experience.
“One of the goals of the event was to bring the full-time class closer together to support a strong alumni network for HKU in the future. Our students are very diverse and will likely work in different industries, functions, and regions after graduation. When future HKU students reach out to us for guidance in the future, we may be able to re-direct questions to our fellow classmates of the Class of 2017 since we know each other fairly well.“
Shailendra Pamnani, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Infiniti Motors Information Session
March 10, 2017
Infiniti Motors came to Town Centre in March 2017 to discuss the evolution of the company and, specifically, how this subsidiary of Nissan Motors came to establish its global headquarters in Hong Kong, its product line-up, and the future roadmap. The HR team discussed the internship programme through which the organisation is aiming to recruit high-calibre MBA talent as part of the succession pipeline for future leadership positions within the organisation. Most importantly, students learnt about career development opportunities within both Infiniti and Nissan.
March 07, 2017
On 7 March 2017, the Career Services team invited Mr. Charles-Henri Larreur who traveled from France to talk about Securitization and Infrastructure Finance to the class. On Securitization, the speaker guided students through the maze of securitization and helped them to understand what went wrong in the financial crisis in 2008, and how the hedge fund managers saw the crisis coming. In the second session, the speaker described the scope of project finance, and used different case studies to help students to understand why it has become the world’s most sought after asset class in less than a decade. Overall the talks were very engaging and informative.
Testimonial from Student
"The aim of the finance talk was to familiarise ourselves with the nuances of Securitization and Infrastructure finance. Charles explained these concepts in a very lucid way, using examples to make it easy to follow the complexities that lie behind Securitization and Infrastructure financing. It was also quite fascinating to find out what triggered the 2008 global financial crises and how some hedge fund managers saw the crisis coming and made a huge bet against the market. It was interesting to learn how project financing differs from corporate financing and when it is beneficial to use one over the other."
Nirav Gala, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Guest Lecture on "Futures Trading and AI in Investment Management
March 03, 2017
On 3 March, Mr. Musheer Ahmed, Senior Consultant at GreySpark Partners as well as HKU MBA Alumnus from the Class of 2015, offered us a guest lecture on the topic “Futures Trading and AI in Investment Management”.
“Mr. Musheer Ahmed’s talk on ‘Futures Trading and AI in Investment Management’ was very insightful and entertaining. With his knowledge in Machine Learning, Deep Learning and AI, it really added up to a lot of engagement. A simulation of trading proved to be a good break and divided the session nicely. As the host, I really enjoyed introducing him and got good support from him.
The presentation neatly divided in two decks. First, the technology was explained. There was the break for simulation and audience participation, and then it continued with trading, key people, companies and trends.
Talking about technology, money, AI and wine, with who better than our alum, was an optimum way of spending Friday night.”
Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Sharing from Income Partners
February 28, 2017
Mr. Shen Tan, Partner at Income Partners Asset Management, came to Town Centre to speak with the full-time students on how the organisation was set up more than 20 years ago and is now a market leader in Asian fixed income products, when most investment firms have been focusing on equity. He also mentioned the rationale that led him to join this smaller, more entrepreneurial company, and how he was able to add value. He explained the skills sets that he is looking for as he continues to expand his team, as well as his personal experience and philosophy on how to grow within an investment house and the types of characters that tend to be the most successful.
Finance Club Talk
February 25, 2017
The Student Finance Club invited Mr. Eric Sim, the former managing director of an investment bank, to give a presentation on the topic of “Key Skills for Climbing the Corporate Ladder”. In his talk, the speaker explained the life skills essential for climbing the corporate ladder in investment banking. Mr. Sim was also able to share insights with those students who were interested in consulting and startup businesses. The talk was very well received and the speaker remained afterwards to mingle with the students.
Testimonial from Student
"The Finance Club talk by Eric Sim was an interactive session in which he set out ten key tips on management, based on the lessons he had learned and the mantras by which he led his own life. Eric worked in several banks until finally reaching managing director level in UBS. Identifying himself as a banker, lecturer, trainer, and blogger, he began with a story about working on a family hawker stall which taught him organisation and time management. He also revealed his unconventional approaches to life such as minimising clothing choices and grading his classes based on social media metrics. This was an informative session about which students were interested to learn more."
Jason Halim, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
People Leadership Workshop
February 19, 2017
The Career Services team organised a workshop on the topic of People Leadership for our MBA students. On the morning of Sunday, 19 February 2017, Ms. Karan See shared her thoughts and went through lots of activities and discussions with our students. Ms. See also invited students to do a survey before the workshop to find out their strengths. It was well received and helped students to understand more about what leadership is and to think about different facets of leadership.
Testimonial from Student
"On the 19th of February. Ms. Karen See hosted an insightful career workshop on People Leadership. Through a personal survey, we were able to learn about our unique strengths and values, as well as the different types of leadership styles that we might identify with.
A series of self-awareness exercises helped us to understand where we could best apply those strengths in our workplace that allow us to feel fulfilled, and we also focused on how to engage and motivate others for more effective leadership and collaboration to ensure success for everyone.
We loved Karen’s confidence, energy and enthusiasm for teaching and we would be excited to have her back."
Jamie Oh, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
HKU MBA - LBS Sundowners
February 09, 2017
Invited by the London Business School Hong Kong Alumni Club (LBSHKAC), the HKU MBA students and alumni had an opportunity to join “LBS Sundowners” on 9 Feb. It is a traditional, regular networking event where LBS alumni gather and have drinks.
Our students and alumni were delighted to meet with these professionals from a prestigious business school to extend their social and professional network. LBS track students were also getting useful tips to prepare for their coming exchange.
The two communities mixed well with each other on various topics. Our students and alumni look forward to having more interaction with different professional communities in future.