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HKU MBA Leadership Talk

HKU MBA was proud to host a leadership talk at the...

Leadership Talk - Trend in Coffee Industry

It was a great honor for HKU MBA to host Mr. Patrick...

The Power of Networking & Social Media for Career Success

Career Services team invited Ms MJ Jennings to conduct...

Full-time MBA Orientation 2016

Given the diverse backgrounds of our MBA students,...

Searching for innovative business idea

With the help of our supportive alumnus, Ms. Tracy...

Visit to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

On 14 January 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong...

Leadership Talk by Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato

It was a great honour for HKU MBA to host Mr. Mario...

2015 Dubai Trek

Career Development Office took fourteen full-time...

H&M Campus Talk

Six H&M representatives came on 10 March 2015...

LinkedIn Talk

On 10 February, LinkedIn representatives from both...

A Day in Life - Sahil from UPS

The Industry Club launched the 3rd series of &ldquo...

CDO Finance Club: Structure Finance

On 7 and 17 November 2014, Career Development Office...

Google: Everywhere, Everything, Everyone

MBA Leadership Talk Series - Everywhere, Everything...

2016 Shenzhen Trek

Shenzhen is becoming a major centre of innovation...

Career Visioning & Transitioning Workshop

Career Services team invited Mr Jonathan Kwan to conduct...

Personal Branding Workshop

Career Services team invited Mr Andy Clark to conduct...

HKU MBA CSR 2016 - What's your dream?

The MBA Office hosted a one-day event with Chan Shu...

HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2016

On 12 March 2016, MBA full-time students, part-time...

HKU MBA Graduation Dinner 2015

The 2015 part-time class organized a graduation dinner...

CEO sharing about luxury industry in China

On 27 August 2015, the MBA Office invited Mr. Bertrand...

Van Cleef & Arpels Company Visit

The Industry Club arranged a company visit to Van...

Managing Your Body Appropriately

Cora Wong, alumnus from the part-time programme of...

Telstra Company Visit

Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications...

China Purchasing Manager Index

The MBA Office arranged for its first Alumni Sharing...

Guest Lecture by Mr. Andrew Campbell

Mr. Andrew Campbell gave a guest lecture to our students...

Microsoft Company Information Session

The MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) programme...

Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop

Career Services team invited Ms Bernice Lee to conduct...

I3 Career Development series - C.V. Workshop

Career Services team kicked off I3 Career Development...

Summer Networking Drinks

The MBA office hosted a summer networking event at...

Alumni Interaction in Finance Industry

To provide enough platforms for students to gain industry...

Leadership Talk - Mr. Masaaki Ogino

HKU MBA was proud to host a CEO talk at the Town Center...

Full-time Alumni Sharing

To allow new full-time students to get familiar with...

Apple Store Visit

All students enjoyed a store visit in Hysan Place...

Discovering More About Investment Banking

Mr. Eddie Liu, alumnus from the part-time programme...

Cisco Company Visit

Career Development Office and sixteen students arranged...

CDO Speakers Series: Intel Finance Team

On 23 January 2015, Career Development Office invited...

Enterprise Workplace and Future of Work

On September 23, Mr. Kenneth Chau, Country Manager...

PwC Company Information Session

Five representatives of the Advisory Services of PwC...

Part-time MBA Orientation 2016

The Part-time MBA Orientation on 13 August began the...

Alumni Interaction

On August 7, the MBA Office hosted a networking event...

Brooks Brothers In-store Event

On the evening of April 29, the MBA Office co-hosted...

Alumni Regional Chapters

HKU MBA offers a vast network of regional and international...

HKU MBA - Orbis Moonwalkers 2015

The MBA Office was very pleased to invite all students...

2015 Dublin Trek

With the help of CDO, a total of 7 MBA students...

PassKit Campus Talk

The Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit, the world&rsquo...

HKBN Company Visit

Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd (HKBN) was among one...

Meeting the Group President of Noah

On 30 January 2015, Career Development Office together...

CDO Speakers Series: First Derivatives

On 21 January 2015, Career Development Office invited...

Deal Making Strategies In China

W. John Hoffmann, China expert and co-founder, Exceptional...

HKU MBA Leadership Talk

October 05, 2016

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HKU MBA was proud to host a leadership talk at the Town Centre on October 5.  On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. William Kuan, Chief Executive Officer, New Markets at Prudential Corporation Asia, to share with the audience the experiences of his CEO journey.

Mr. Kuan was kind enough to talk about his personal growth within the Prudential group, and the understanding he gained from operating within the region.  He stressed the value of being open to new opportunities, and how important it is to be a generalist, rather than a specialist, in order to advance to the highest levels of management.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the number of attendees from the insurance industry, and the number of questions they had.  Mr. Kuan was patient, dealt with a number of technical questions as well as general queries about leadership, and continued several of these conversations with both students and alumni in the following networking session.

It was a lovely event, and we are so grateful that Mr. Kuan was willing to spend his time and experience with us.

2016 Shenzhen Trek

September 28, 2016

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Shenzhen is becoming a major centre of innovation in Southern China across a number of different industries. Career Services took the MBA students on a day-long excursion to Shenzhen in September 2016 to visit Tencent, DJI and SF Express. Students attended the company presentations and also networked with senior business executives to learn about these three organisations, the success stories behind them, as well as career opportunities available to both Chinese and non-Chinese speakers.

Microsoft Company Information Session

September 23, 2016

The MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) programme is a graduate programme designed to allow MBA graduates to receive professional development and gain a better understanding of the different business functions at Microsoft. Six representatives from Microsoft Hong Kong (including Mr. Ronald Kwok, an alum from the Class of 2016 who joined the programme as Partner Channel Development Manager) came to campus in September 2016 to share the details of MACH. Students learnt about what it is like to be part of the Microsoft family and gained insights into potential career development opportunities within the organisation through the presentation and the post-presentation networking session.

PwC Company Information Session

September 06, 2016

Five representatives of the Advisory Services of PwC Hong Kong came to Town Centre in September 2016 to talk about the contribution of the Advisory business to PwC as a whole, the organisation’s go-to-market strategy with clients in the Greater China region as well as recruitment programmes they have for MBA students/graduates. The PwC representatives included Ms. Manasy Vidyasagar, who graduated from the MBA programme in 2015. Through the company presentation and the networking session, students gained a better understanding of how young professionals like themselves would be able to grow their career in the PwC environment.

Leadership Talk - Trend in Coffee Industry

August 30, 2016

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It was a great honor for HKU MBA to host Mr. Patrick Kwok, Head of Operations - Starbucks Hong Kong & Macau, to offer us a guest lecture on “Trend in Coffee Industry” on August 30.  The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 140 students and alumni participate in this event.

Patrick explained his personal leadership story where he told us about his journey from being in accounting and finance to his current role in operations. He also spoke about how he managed to achieve his goals in spite of facing many problems and obstacles.

The audience got to know deep insights about the coffee industry and how Starbuck’s manages its operations on a global scale and the efforts that the employees take to ensure that  customers get the best service.

Career Visioning & Transitioning Workshop

August 19, 2016

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Career Services team invited Mr Jonathan Kwan to conduct a workshop on “Career Visioning and Career Transitioning” on 8 August 2016. Students learnt how to plan ahead for their career with a strategy, leverage their previous background to help them get to their new destinations and make appropriate use of “Coffee Chat” for successful networking. They were given insights into how career transitions are perceived in Asia and into talent acquisition in the current employment market. The lively presentation and interactive style of delivery from Mr Kwan were well received by the class.

"It was a very interesting topic. As a Korean, Coffee Chat was an unfamiliar concept to me. Unless a meeting was officially arranged in advance, I would have never contacted a stranger to ask questions about an industry. Through this workshop, I learned more about a new business networking approach and also gained an understanding of networking strategies that go beyond simply meeting a person. Before this, I was a little nervous about contacting someone that I didn't know very well, but now I am more confident about networking and look forward to meeting more people in Hong Kong soon."

DJ KIM Full-time MBA Class of 2017

Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop

August 16, 2016

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Career Services team invited Ms Bernice Lee to conduct a workshop on “Interview Skills Enhancement” on 16 August 2016.

The workshop equipped students with the necessary skills, such as job interview etiquette and the use of non-verbal communication, for becoming a smart candidate.  Our coach, Ms Bernice Lee also demonstrated some non-technical interview skills such as salary discussions, the way to handle difficult job interview situations and a sample of interview questions. The session turned out to have a high level of interaction.

" I took part in the Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop. The workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. The trainer, Bernice, organized the workshop well in three parts. She also divided us into five groups so we could easily share our insights with classmates. First, she emphasized conveying the executive presence through first impression, and she explained the importance of postures, eye signals and the power of the voice. Then she demonstrated the principles of workplace dress codes. Sometimes the details make the differences during an interview.  Lastly, she shared with us how to navigate a non-technical job interview. For instance, to succeed in a behavioral interview, we must be able to relate stories that link our experience to the potential position and to implement the STAR model. In summary, the workshop was clear, concise and interesting. "

 

Christina DONG, Full-time MBA Class of 2017

Part-time MBA Orientation 2016

August 13, 2016

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The Part-time MBA Orientation on 13 August began the programme for the new part-time students.

In the morning, the students were welcomed by our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, who gave them vision and direction to help them get the most out of the MBA programme. Following that, our Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details to get the students well prepared and planning for their MBA journey. 

A team-building workshop was held in the afternoon and students were involved in mentally and sometimes physically demanding activities which promote teamwork, team spirit and a sense of belonging to the MBA family. The full-day orientation was tiring, yet exciting and rewarding to the newcomers.

The Power of Networking & Social Media for Career Success

August 12, 2016

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Career Services team invited Ms MJ Jennings to conduct a workshop on “The Power of Networking and Social Media for Career Success” on 12 August 2016.

Ms MJ Jennings spoke about the most resourceful way to connect with people and making proper use of social media for career success. Students also explored how to make a positive and memorable first impression by participating in various role-play activities throughout the workshop. 

"The Power of Networking and Social Media workshop conducted by MJ Jennings was very insightful as it emphasized  the importance of networking, self presentation and the power of social media in this day and age. It was a very interactive session that comprised a series of activities such as creating one’s own networking map, the use of the ‘PAR’ technique for effective communication and the positive impact created by simply enunciating one’s name. One of my favourities was the ‘Elevator Pitch’ which makes the point that you should be able to deliver your message in the time span of an elevator ride. It’s very important for each working professional to craft their own elevator pitch and summarize who they are, whether it’s at a job interview, networking event or a cocktail party. I am very glad to have attended this workshop as it has encouraged me to work on the development of my 3Vs-Visual, Vocal and Verbal, and hence, create that everlasting first impression!"

Shreya BAHRI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017

"This workshop boosted my knowledge about networking in Asia. While I have always known that people do business with people they like, in Asia particularly your network is everything.It not only helps your chances of employment but also can improve your business. MJ showed me in an interactive way how to use networking as a strategic and powerful tool.  My biggest take away from the workshop was: forget you are working! It's nice to be strategic, but once the interaction has started, just talk and listen. In short, be yourself and have fun! "

Hannes HEBEL, Full-time MBA Class of 2017

Personal Branding Workshop

August 09, 2016

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Career Services team invited Mr Andy Clark to conduct a workshop for our Full Time MBA students on Personal Branding on 3 August 2016.  Andy walked through the whole process with the students on how to build their story and personal branding.  Incorporating  different exercises, the workshop was full of fun with experiential learning opportunities.  The “Board-Breaking Challenge” was a physical representation of breaking through a challenge with the right attitude. Students received positive reinforcement with encouragement from peer support, thus building up their own self-confidence.

 

" A highly energised and interactive workshop on Personal Branding by Andy Clark was structured to first set an example and then help us gradually work towards building our individual brand and story. Instead of an instructive approach, the exercise based approach made the task at hand simple and effective. As a class we discovered some common themes as well as some unique experiences from people's moments of self-discovery and this  was the highlight of the workshop for me. Setting and exercising the right system, attitude, and action towards goals translated into a fun exercise where I surprised myself by becoming a "Board-breaker", literally. "

Anupriya GOSWAMI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017

" Andy’s workshop emphasises  how personal branding helps to define you and the significant role it plays when it comes to how you are  perceived in society. The teaching method was innovative and the use of visual aids to discuss the concept of personal branding made the session interactive and extremely enjoyable. Analogous to the process of product branding, students were actively engaged in adopting defining moments from their  lives and depicting them in the form of logos and slogans. Not only did it help us to create a brand for ourselves, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn more about the life experiences of our batch mates. Another exciting segment called the “board breaker” demonstrated the essence of identifying a target and how focus and confidence are important elements of personal brand in achieving that target. I sincerely encourage students of the batches that follow to attend the session as it will help them to gain an insight into one factor besides knowledge that can contribute immensely towards the success of an individual. Last but not least… “I AM A BOARD BREAKER AND I DID BREAK THE BOARD."

Shouvik SINHARAY, Full-time MBA Class of 2017

 

I3 Career Development series - C.V. Workshop

August 08, 2016

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Career Services team kicked off I3 Career Development series – C.V. Workshop for Full Time MBA students on 1 August, 2016. 

A C.V. is a marketing tool which represents you when you are not there. A good C.V. determines if you get an interview, thus creating various job opportunities. Ms Silvia Carius shared some tips with the students on how to build a killer resume and an outstanding cover letter, during the workshop.  Students got a chance to critique a sample C.V. for content, formatting and accuracy. They learnt how to present their credentials in a well-organized way that will interest potential employers.

 

 

 

Alumni Interaction

August 07, 2016

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On August 7, the MBA Office hosted a networking event called Alumni Interaction at the Azure Restaurant in Central.  The MBA Office aims to provide an exclusive platform for new full-time students to meet up with alumni which then creates synergy for more opportunities and collaboration.  This event attracted more than 100 people with a very good one-to-one mix of students and alumni.  The students were very glad about the event and grateful to their seniors for spending time at a weekend to come and share their valuable experiences of their MBA journeys.  All participants had a wonderful afternoon and hope to attend more activities of a similar type.

Full-time MBA Orientation 2016

July 28, 2016

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Given the diverse backgrounds of our MBA students, a 2-day orientation was organized for the full-time MBA students to facilitate their smooth transition and get them ready for the programme.

The students were greeted by Prof. Bennett Yim, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. Our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, motivated and inspired the students in how they should best equip and prepare themselves so that they might achieve what they want by leveraging their strengths, experience and the MBA. The three teams of the MBA Office elaborated on how they could assist the students through their MBA journeys. The Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details which are the solid foundation for their MBA study. The two Assistant Directors of the Career Team, Mr. Daniel Chiu and Mr. Frederick Lo, briefed the class about the upcoming career workshops, business treks, campus talks, and other activities. Mr. Tom Ng, Assistant Director for Marketing and Admissions, highlighted the enrichment and networking activities ahead, such as interactions with HKU and MBA alumni and students of other business programmes, which help expanding students’ social life.  

During the orientation, we also set every student to do a 5-minute presentation to introduce themselves. They not only told stories of their childhood, and spoke about their studies and work, they also shared information on their hobbies, goals and dreams which gained applause and laughter from the classmates. The orientation ended with a dinner where students had a taste of the local cuisine, enjoyed beers and entertained themselves `with songs and dance.  

HKU MBA CSR 2016 - What's your dream?

July 16, 2016

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The MBA Office hosted a one-day event with Chan Shu Kui Memorial School (CSKMS) on 16 July, 2016. The event was a combination of discussion and engaging activities to help senior form students gaining a broader view of their education, careers and lives. At the event, some students and alumni within our community volunteered to work closely with the secondary students to encourage them to study hard and further their studies after graduating from high school.

The Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) and the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) were also invited by the MBA Office to participate in this event.  Two instructors from HKYAA, who are full-time pilots working in an international airline, joined the morning session and introduced the entry requirements and career path of a professional airline pilot. Similarly, two senior officers of HKPF offered a career talk to all participants in the afternoon.

The secondary students considered that they had benefited a lot from the experiences shared by the  speakers. They learnt that pursuing a tertiary education is most important and  makes an essential difference to one’s career prospects.  Many of the students felt that the life stories of the alumni mirrored a possible future for them and boosted their confidence in overcoming the obstacles involved. The MBA students and alumni, and the CSKMS students and teachers who were involved responded positively to this meaningful event and registered their wish to attend more activities of a similar type.

Summer Networking Drinks

June 07, 2016

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The MBA office hosted a summer networking event at Zafran on June 7th, in which all current full-time, part-time students and alumni were invited.  The event attracted more than 80 people, and throughout the event the guests were able to chill out and enjoy drinks together in a very cozy environment, despite the extremely hot and humid weather outside.

Brooks Brothers In-store Event

April 29, 2016

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On the evening of April 29, the MBA Office co-hosted the first-ever grooming event with Brooks Brothers.   It was a great pleasure to have Brooks Brothers bring fresh information and experienced guidance on style and taste to our MBA students and alumni.  For this event, Brooks Brothers invited senior managers from other renowned companies such as Moet Hennessy Diageo and GQ to introduce tips on fashion grooming and whisky tasting. Overall, the event was well received and appreciated by all the participants. It was a unique experience for us, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Brooks Brothers’ arrangements which brought fashion grooming and modeling, whisky tasting and shopping privileges all into one event. In fact, many students hoped that Brooks Brothers and HKU MBA would collaborate this way more often.

Searching for innovative business idea

April 01, 2016

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With the help of our supportive alumnus, Ms. Tracy Ho, CEO of Anyplex, we were honored, on April 1,  to have as our guest Mr. Ringo Lam, one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, to share his start-up experiences, in a talk entitled "Searching for innovative business ideas - perspective from a serial entrepreneur". 

In his talk, he began with his personal business innovations as young undergraduate student. He reflected, with clear analysis, not only on his successful businesses but also his failed ones. Mr. Lam then elaborated on some pragmatic models for both past and future technological development. Finally, he disclosed to us  his new business innovation, ‘Pawsible’, which is basically a pet hotel, a mixture of commercial business and social enterprise. The talk ended with a Q&A session in which  students were  eager to learn more about his business ideas and how they worked.

It was a valuable opportunity for our students and alumni to be inspired and in touch with a pioneer and veteran in the field of innovative technology.

HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2016

March 12, 2016

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On 12 March 2016, MBA full-time students, part-time students and staff had a fantastic evening at the Club One in Repulse Bay. Everyone dressed up for the “Shanghai Glam” themed Annual Dinner Party!   A cocktail reception was set against the magnificent sea view so that students within the community could mingle with each other before the dinner.  An opening speech was made by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA programmes, who shared his view on the real meaning of networking.  It was then followed by a dinner  full of gourmet delicacies and fine wines in a sophisticated setting.  Thank you to the Annual Dinner committee for all the effort in making the event such a huge success and giving all of us a spectacular 'Shanghai Glam' night.  

Alumni Interaction in Finance Industry

February 22, 2016

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To provide enough platforms for students to gain industry knowledge, MBA office organizes a series of networking events. Alumni Interaction is one of the alumni engagement events where students can make connections with HKU MBA alumni. On February 22, 2016, students and alumni gathered at the Town Centre to share their expertise on the finance industry. Many alumni with backgrounds such as banking, compliance, capital markets, investment management  and consulting management, brought industry knowledge to the students. Through talking to alumni, students found this session very insightful in clarifying their career direction. They received many good recommendations and made useful contacts. Alumni suggested the right contacts to individual students and even arranged referrals. It was also a fruitful event for alumni themselves as it was a good opportunity to meet other alumni with similar backgrounds but from different years.

Alumni Regional Chapters

January 15, 2016

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HKU MBA offers a vast network of regional and international chapters that keep alumni from the entire community connected to their alma mater no matter where they live. Chapters play an important role in keeping alumni connected through the variety of events they host each year.  On January 15th and 17th, two get-together events were held in Shanghai and Beijing respectively in which alumni from different branches were able to meet up and get to know each other. Everyone was so happy to speak to each other in a very cozy environment.

Visit to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

January 14, 2016

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On 14 January 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), one of the world’s largest exchanges by market capitalization of listed companies. The students were given an overview of the foundation and development of HKEx and had the opportunity to explore the stock traders’ workplace and facilities to gain a better understanding of the operations of stock exchanges.

HKU MBA Graduation Dinner 2015

November 15, 2015

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The 2015 part-time class organized a graduation dinner on November 15th, 2015 at Happy Valley Racecourse to celebrate their programme’s completion. More than 70 students and staff attended and had a memorable evening. 

The dinner was preceded by video from Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA, in which he  greeted and congratulated all graduates for their great achievements after putting in so much effort over the previous 2 years. At the end, Sachin sent his best wishes to all of them. The graduation dinner committee then made a toast and the night began. After the first course, some students shared their MBA experiences of  class discussions, group projects, field trips, gatherings after examinations and other landmarks  as a wrap-up of their MBA journey.  Everyone cheered at the recollections of the exhilarating times and the friendships gained after the journey. Sharing these moments was a joy and source of much laughter for all the students and staff present. It was altogether a fun-filled evening, with a fine dinner and  games played throughout. Participants wore black tie and evening dress and took photographs.

Leadership Talk - Mr. Masaaki Ogino

November 11, 2015

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HKU MBA was proud to host a CEO talk at the Town Center on Nov 11.  On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. Masaaki Ogino, Founder and Chairman of Fenix Group Holdings Ltd, to share with the audience the experiences of his entrepreneurial journey.

Mr. Ogino told the gathering how he managed to evolve his company from a trading business in 1972 to high-end branding and retail businesses such as Anteprima and city’super, which today give Fenix Group a network of more than 30 companies and 14 factories across 7 countries, employing over 6,300 staff and occupying 360,000 square feet of retail space. Mr. Ogino frequently engaged with audience members during his talk to demonstrate his way of thinking and how he would make a decision in a critical situation. All participants enjoyed this talk so much as they could learn a lot of insights from this distinguished speaker.

HKU MBA - Orbis Moonwalkers 2015

November 07, 2015

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The MBA Office was very pleased to invite all students and alumni to form a HKU MBA team to participate in a charity event called “Orbis Moonwalkers” on November 7. Orbis Moonwalkers is an annual event hosted by an international non-governmental organization  called Orbis International.  Orbis is dedicated to saving sight worldwide and its programmes focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries.

In the end, a total 34 students and alumni participated and many of them succeeded in finishing a 20km-walk from Sham Shui Po to Tseung Kwan O.  The participants were so happy to take part in this meaningful event and be able to connect with others in the community.

Leadership Talk by Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato

October 14, 2015

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It was a great honour for HKU MBA to host Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder and Chairman of GEOX group, for a Leadership Talk at the Town Centre on October 14.  The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 80 students and alumni participate in this event.

Along with Mr. Polegato, others of the senior management of GEOX, Mr. Venti Juan Carlos, Head of Institutional and External Relations, Mr. Malta Mauro, Senior Vice President Sales and Retail for Asia Pacific and Ms. Ada Hung, Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Asia Pacific attended the talk. Also present was  Mr. Antonello De Riu, Representative of the Italian Consul-General in Hong Kong.

Mr. Polegato shared with all the audiences how the Geox-shoe idea came about during one of his journeys in the United States in the early 90s. He used a pocket knife to cut holes into his sneakers to ventilate his overheating feet when walking  in the Nevada desert. This simple, yet ingenious improvisation led to his  development of the “shoe that breathes”, which was the springboard for launching an extraordinarily successful business. Mr. Polegato also explained the importance of innovation and intellectual property to students during the talk.

The participants were  able to gain valuable insights from Mr. Polegato’s talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive and successful one.

CEO sharing about luxury industry in China

August 27, 2015

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On 27 August 2015, the MBA Office invited Mr. Bertrand Ternat, CEO and Co-founder of Conch
Society, to talk about the luxury industry in China.  Bertrand thoroughly explained the current situation in the industry as well as the challenges that  investors are facing now.  The participants were able to gain important insights from his talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive one.

Full-time Alumni Sharing

August 04, 2015

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To allow new full-time students to get familiar with the programme easily from the start, the MBA office invited some alumni to share their MBA study experience at the Town Center on August 4, 2015. Through talking to alumni, the students found this session very insightful in planning their studies for their stay in Hong Kong. The students received many good recommendations, in particular on electives selection and combination, course coverage, and teaching styles. Many students appreciated this initiative and look forward to having similar events in future.

2015 Dublin Trek

June 12, 2015

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With the help of CDO, a total of 7 MBA students participated in Dublin Trek during their LBS track in June 2015. This trek went off very well and all participants found it worthwhile. The students visited four companies in this 2-day trek, e.g. LinkedIn EMEA, Tax-free Worldwide, Google and Voltedge. They found these companies are expanding with many opportunities suitable to MBA students.

2015 Dubai Trek

March 28, 2015

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Career Development Office took fourteen full-time MBA students to visit Dubai during the period of 28th – 31st March in order to explore career opportunities, market as well as meeting employers from twelve companies and networking with guests and alumni in Dubai.

Van Cleef & Arpels Company Visit

March 17, 2015

The Industry Club arranged a company visit to Van Cleef & Arpels on the 17 March 2015. Their International HR Director, has 25 years of international work experience in luxury retail industry, gave the students extremely insightful sharing and company introduction. She also facilitated the students to be able to make informed decisions about the kind of careers they want to pursue in the luxury sector and how her daily role is actually like.

Apple Store Visit

March 11, 2015

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All students enjoyed a store visit in Hysan Place on 11 March 2015, especially for the sharing sessions and the demonstration by Apple staff so that the students can know more about APPLE. They found that APPLE is really a world-class brand with a pool of passionate, friendly and trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and customer service quality.

PassKit Campus Talk

March 10, 2015

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The Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit, the world’s premier mobile wallet engagement enablers and two of his incredible young executives came to talk about the internship opportunity on 10 March 2015. They encouraged our MBAs to think very big, tap into passion and start of a successful journey after the programme.

H&M Campus Talk

March 10, 2015

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Six H&M representatives came on 10 March 2015 to talk about the company expansion in the region and some suitable opportunities for our MBAs including 1) Area Controller; 2) Product Manager; 3) Lease Manager and 4) Store Developer. Followed by a mingling session with light refreshment so that all students can have time to network with the company representatives.

Managing Your Body Appropriately

March 06, 2015

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Cora Wong, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2009, is a registered dietitian at St. James’ Settlement and promotes community nutrition and health. Cora is also the Manager of Dietetic and Catering Services and the Adviser for quality meals on wheels. In addition, she provides consultancy services and individual counseling on diet therapy and nutrition. She designs training programmes and service packages to satisfy the unique needs of different commercial firms and voluntary agencies. In recent years, she has also been actively involved in a partnership programme with hospitals under the Hospital Authority.

Cora introduced the power of having a balanced diet and its ability to greatly reduce people’s chances of getting deadly illnesses like cancer. She provided some interesting facts like how a low fruit intake increases one’s risk of lung cancer by 20% and how the intake of tomatoes can slow down ageing. For living a healthier life, the slogan for the day was “You are what you eat!”.

Discovering More About Investment Banking

February 24, 2015

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Mr. Eddie Liu, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2010, shared his views on the investment banking industry and his experience in landing the perfect job. Eddie is a US and Asia qualified HR professional with good experience of different types of companies such as entrepreneurial, multi-national corporate, Internet and agency. In the past 20 years, he has served in some well-known firms like Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and DKR Oasis as the HR lead. Currently, he is the Head of Human Resources at Nomura.

His frank approach to the students kept them on their toes during the sharing. Students were asked to identify their key strengths and match them with the right job. Eddie quickly challenged the students on their selections and pushed them to think deeper into the market value of being a HKU MBA student. The heated discussion certainly helped the students to set more realistic expectations and align their skills set and job options.  

HKBN Company Visit

February 09, 2015

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Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd (HKBN) was among one of many companies arranged by Career Development Office(CDO) in February for Telecom Career Trek.

On 9 Feb, CDO and a total of 13 students visited HKBN.  Many questions relating to HKBN’s present, future and opportunities were being asked by some of the students who had around 10 years of telecom experience.

LinkedIn Talk

February 09, 2015

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On 10 February, LinkedIn representatives from both Hong Kong and Singapore offices came to talk about various opportunities to the MBA students.  By having this networking opportunity, one of the current full-time students could succeed to get a summer internship offer from LinkedIn to work in their Hong Kong office from May to July this year.

Telstra Company Visit

February 06, 2015

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Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, providing world-class fully integrated services including fixed line, mobile, online, pay TV, advertising and directories.

On 6 Feb, CDO and a group of students visited the office of Telstra International Group (TIG), headquartered in Hong Kong. It is a business unit of Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) managing its international assets and connectivity. There were a total of five senior company representatives shared with the students and staff about the company, business and the career in TIG.

Cisco Company Visit

February 05, 2015

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Career Development Office and sixteen students arranged a company visit to Cisco on 5th Feb, 2015. It was brilliant meeting that their colleagues in HK office virtually met their HR Lead in Shanghai office through video conference. All students really enjoyed the well-organized company presentation, the information and experience sharing and also the “technology demonstration” so that they can know more about Cisco.

They found that Cisco is really a world-class brand with a pool of trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and quality.

Meeting the Group President of Noah

January 30, 2015

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On 30 January 2015, Career Development Office together with an MBA alumni invited his group president Mr. Kenny Lam to give a presentation at Town Centre campus.  Associate Professor Christine Chan, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomed Mr. Lam.  It was attended by MBA, EMBA, MFin and MEcon students.  Mr. Lam shared many useful information and insight about the wealth and private banking trends in China.  It was a very good learning experience and students came out of the presentation with a good understanding of the industry which was due to Mr. Lam’s excellent presentation style.

A Day in Life - Sahil from UPS

January 29, 2015

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The Industry Club launched the 3rd series of “A day in the Life” with Mr. Sahil S. Jaggi on the 29th January 2015. Sahil is currently a Manager – Marketing, North Asia District with UPS. He has over seven years of extensive international work experience in supply chain and process improvements across retail, industrial manufacturing and automotive verticals.  He actively engaged in value proposition development focused around product assortment, new product launch to cater to consumer and customer needs. The session was extremely insightful and interactive. He facilitated the students to be able to make informed decisions about the kind of careers they want to pursue in the sector and how his role in UPS is actually like.

China Purchasing Manager Index

January 27, 2015

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The MBA Office arranged for its first Alumni Sharing to be held on January 27. Many past students came back to the Admiralty Campus to join the session, led by Miss Emily Lam, on the China Purchasing Manager Index. Emily provided an overview of the benefits and impact of adopting the index in analyzing and evaluating the Chinese market. In particular, she illustrated its ability to identify implications in seeking greater investment opportunities. 

Emily provides her professional advisory services to corporates, specializing in the provision of prime information, namely the China Purchasing Manager Index and entities that require corporate development/financing services. She received her MBA from HKU in 2009 and has worked as business development and investment manager for various multinational corporations such as Jebsens & Co. Ltd., NEC, Chevron, Agilities Logistics and Chief Group. 

CDO Speakers Series: Intel Finance Team

January 23, 2015

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On 23 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Luca Biancardi and Mr. Ong Shao Lead of Intel Semiconductor (US) LLC to speak to the Finance Club.  An Italian student ambassador introduced the two speakers.  Both speakers shared their career journey and the working environment in Intel, especially in the finance department. There were many questions raised from the floor and the presentation was well received.  

CDO Speakers Series: First Derivatives

January 21, 2015

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On 21 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Joe Vu, Director of the First Derivatives plc to speak to the Finance Club.  The presentation was started off by a student ambassador to introduce the speaker.  Mr Vu then introduced his firm – First Derivatives plc and shared his career background.  He also spoke about Algorithmic Trading to the club.  Mr Vu concluded his talk by discussing why HFT is significant followed with an interactive Q&A session with the audience.

CDO Finance Club: Structure Finance

November 07, 2014

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On 7 and 17 November 2014, Career Development Office invited Mr. Charles-Henri Larreur to talk about Structure Finance and Asset Finance to the Finance Club.  Mr. Larreur was very knowledgeable in this field and explained details in an extremely clear and easy to understand manner.  Overall both sessions are very engaging and informative.  

Guest Lecture by Mr. Andrew Campbell

October 15, 2014

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Mr. Andrew Campbell gave a guest lecture to our students on Corporate Level Strategy: Frameworks and Tools on 15 October 2014. Mr. Campbell, expert on business strategy, is the Director of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre. Previously, he was on the faculty of the London Business School and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has special interests in corporate-level strategy and organization design, and has authored more than 10 books, including the classic text “Strategy for the Corporate Level” and 10 articles in the Harvard Business Review.

He introduced the framework for analyzing group level strategy to the students and illustrated the benefits of adopting such business models through various business examples like Apple and Olam. The students actively participated in the discussion and expressed great interest in learning more about the method of categorizing businesses and processes.

Enterprise Workplace and Future of Work

September 23, 2014

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On September 23, Mr. Kenneth Chau, Country Manager, Hong Kong and Macau, Citrix put in perspective the outlook of the IT industry. Over the course of his 17-year career, he has held consultancy, management and business development roles in the finance, telecommunications and IT sectors and worked for a number of leading global companies including Huawei, Cisco and Nortel.

Currently, Kenneth has strategic oversight of all Citrix operations in Hong Kong and Macau. He foresees that companies will allow greater flexibility as IT merges work and personal life. The concept of workplace will be reinvented as technology becomes more sophisticated and secure. Kenneth explains that more companies are placing greater importance on mobility and allowing their staff to work from home using the cloud. He suggests that consumer habits will change and predicts that tablets and smartphones will replace computers in the near future. His forward-thinking comments stimulated the audience to ask questions about his thoughts on IT in the banking industry and security concerns involved in using personal devices for work. 

Deal Making Strategies In China

May 28, 2014

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W. John Hoffmann, China expert and co-founder, Exceptional Resources Group, shared his insights into the Chinese market and strategies for making deals in China with students and alumni on May 28. John is a leading China deals advisor. He has been advising governments, financial institutions and multi-national clients on their China projects. He has also been recently invited to be an inspirational speaker at TedxHong KongEd.

His comprehensive knowledge about the Chinese market and its close knit ties with the Chinese government provided the audience with a new angle on doing business in China. Yet, it was his career development and positivity towards work that amazed the group. His expanding business and strategic approach towards deal making has earned him the title, “the deal guy” in China.

Google: Everywhere, Everything, Everyone

May 09, 2014

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MBA Leadership Talk Series - Everywhere, Everything, Everyone: How Google explores key technology trends to transform everyday challenges

Joen van Driel, Country Manager (North Asia) of Google Enterprise for North Asia shared his insights on technology and the latest trends with students and alumni on May 9. Joen has over fifteen years of experience in the IT industry primarily in Sales Management, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to working for Google, he held leadership positions in Adobe, Salesforce.com and Oracle in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Ireland and The Netherlands across multiple industries and verticals.

In the talk, Joen showcased the power of cloud computing and its transformation of the workplace and our daily lives through Google’s personalized features and tools. He inspired the crowd to identify new forms collaboration and communication that has challenged traditional ways of working. The talk concluded with an active Q&A session. Many of the students and alumni were interested to understand Google’s perspective on Greater China, its challenges with traditional users, privacy issues and more.