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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.
Daiwa Capital Markets Company Information Session
February 08, 2017
The team that looks after Electronic Trading Solutions at Daiwa Capital Markets came to Town Centre to share with MBA students how their solutions have automated the trading processes that many executives have come to know over the years, and how they have increased connectivity and mitigated against risks in the market. In addition, students learnt about a number of internship opportunities within the organisation. During the networking session with the Daiwa team, students also came to appreciate how it is becoming more difficult to distinguish amongst front office, back office and IT functions and that technology is now the backbone of the financial services industry.
Visit to Hong Kong International Airport
February 07, 2017
On 7 February, our MBA students visited Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the world's busiest cargo gateway and one of the world's busiest passenger airports. Mr.Chui, representing HKIA, received us and introduced the students to the developments, opportunities and challenges at the airport.
With the drastic increase in the number of flights and cargos, especially with the growth from the emerging budget airline market, not only are the traditional airlines facing keen competition, the airport is also facing challenges of almost saturated runways and full traffic and parking capacity. It had been planning for the development of a third runway since 2008 to accommodate the growing capacity. Besides gaining the approval from the government, the airport also needs to get support and a consensus from the general public, as well as strike a balance between development and protection of the environment.
To help the students to have a better understanding of the daily operation of this very important infrastructure in Hong Kong, they were given the exclusive opportunity to visit the Integrated Airport Centre (IAC) and a tour of the airfield to see the operations and facilities on the apron.
HNA Company Information Session
January 25, 2017
HNA Group came to Town Centre in January 2017 to share their company profile with the full-time MBA students. Established in the 1990s, the group has a number of business divisions, including tourism, infrastructure, capital, logistics and EcoTech. Mr. Alex Lanoie, a member of the class of 2016, who joined HNA in the investment function, explained what attracted him to the organisation and the types of career opportunities that are available to MBA students, particularly given that the organisation continues to expand. One-on-one interviews for students with the recruiting team took place after the information session.
January 17, 2017
The Career Services team organised an excursion to Singapore for the full-time MBA students to meet with recruiting partners. 10 company visits took place across a number of different industry sectors, including Google, OCBC, Mapletree, Transfer-To, Infosys Consulting and more. Students learnt about career opportunities in the country, and gained insights into the work permit application process. In addition, Career Services organised a networking event for students to mingle with HKU MBA alums based in Singapore and other business contacts.
Alumni Panel Discussion
January 15, 2017
The Career Services team and Alumni Services organised our first alumni panel discussion for our current full-time MBA students. We invited alumni who are currently living and working in Hong Kong to share their career achievements and professional experiences with our students. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of the MBA Programmes. We discussed topics on career strategy, career transition, job hunting skills and industry insights during the session. We also organised a networking session after the panel discussion so that students were able to interact with the alumni.
Testimonials from alumni
"It's my honour to have been invited to attend the panel discussion 'Career Progression after MBA', as one of the alumni panelists, on January 15. During the 2-hour session, we shared with the full-time students many personal experiences in career development, networking and job hunting. It was so good that I really wish I could have received this type of valuable guidance when I was studying a few years back. Of it all, I particularly liked Laurence’s comment on how classmates supported each other to achieve the maximum benefit as a group. With their collective wisdom gathered, I'm sure the current batch students will succeed in landing their dream jobs soon."
Tim Chan, Full-time MBA, Class of 2012
"January is an exciting time for HKU MBA students when the academics in Hong Kong wrap up, preparations for exchanges begin and job hunting activities gear up. It was a great honour to be part of the speaker panel amongst the outstanding HKU alumni. It was an excellent opportunity to learn about how other alumni have accelerated their careers, reflect on how I began my post-MBA career in Microsoft and learn about the encouraging internship experiences from the current students. It is always a pleasure to be part of HKU MBA events and I look forward to learning from participants in future."
Ron Kwok, Full-time MBA, Class of 2016
Testimonials from student
"The alumni panel discussion was held on January 15, 2017. The event was moderated by the Executive Director, Sachin Tipnis and saw a brilliant turnout from alumni across the various batches and representing different industries.
The alumni shared with us their experiences of how they dealt with various challenges in getting their first job after the MBA. Each one had a different story to tell and I am sure everyone in the audience was able to relate to some of the stories.
My conversation with other full-time students who attended the event revealed that they found the session very useful because the experiences of the alumni would help them navigate their own journey to landing the dream job. We all look forward to the next session to be held in February."
Akshay Rao, Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Chinese New Year Celebration
January 14, 2017
The HKU FT MBA Chinese New Year event was held on the 14th of January 2017 and students enjoyed the festivities. The idea was for guests to enjoy different types of Chinese cuisine and learn more about ways Chinese New Year is celebrated in various countries. It began with a formal welcoming and the traditional "yu sheng" (prosperous toss) before the dining began on dishes that varied from Sichuan to Cantonese.
During the dining, presentations on Chinese New Year were held in which participants could win red packets. Then games involving Chinese customs such as calligraphy were held, with participants forming teams.
Finally, symbolic red packets were given from married students to unmarried ones. Everyone also had the opportunity to try different types of baijiu (the traditional Chinese alcoholic liquor).
Overall, the event was an enjoyable time in which everyone participated and learnt more about the Chinese New Year.
Leadership Talk by Amoy Food
January 06, 2017
Henry Yim, Group Managing Director of Amoy Food Ltd, drew a large crowd when he spoke to the HKU MBA community on the subject of “How my life story shapes my leadership style.” on January 6, 2017.
Mr. Yim was very generous, sharing his personal experiences as well as lessons learned during the course of his successful career He drew from a variety of experiences including his childhood and what he learned in his schooling, his strong grounding in scientific thinking and his climb up the management ladder.
Mr. Yim’s appeal to the audience was evident, as students and alumni peppered him with questions for almost 30 minutes after his presentation. He addressed a variety of queries, including how to work with different cultures, specifically Japanese versus French management, applications of kaizen among the factory workers of Amoy, and marketing lessons in how to appeal to Hong Kong tastes- by learning from the local experts. A reception held afterwards allowed further conversations, and attendees enjoyed a spread of refreshments.
We appreciate Mr. Yim for sharing his evening with us and engaging us with his entertaining and educational personal history.
Visit to HK International Terminals
January 05, 2017
The HKU MBA students visited the Kwai Tsing Hong Kong International Terminal (HIT) which is one of the busiest container terminals in the world. HIT is reputed for its productivity, efficiency and value-added services.
The representative from HIT presented the history and development of HIT as well as the worldwide footprint of Hutchison Port Holdings Group. The MBA students were then brought to the control tower and shown the state-of-the-art computer system which was built in-house to cater to the needs of this unique container port and allow maximisation of the efficiency of the port operation.
HIT arranged a port yard tour in which our students could observe closely the operation of cranes and transportation of containers.
Students were inspired by the visit and saw how this oldest of industries looks for continuous improvement to stay competitive in global competition. They also better understood how they strengthen their logistics chain to strive for prolonged success.
Sharing from Haitong International Securities Group
December 13, 2016
Haitong International Securities Group came to Town Centre to meet with our Chinese-speaking full-time students who are interested in the financial services industry. The session was led by Henry Shi, Chief Executive of Corporate Finance, who talked about his career history of over 20 years in investment banking, and how he came to join Haitong after previously only having worked for international banks. He spoke of the gradual evolution of Chinese firms into powerhouses in investment banking, as well as Haitong’s organisational structure in Hong Kong. The presentation was followed by a light-hearted discussion from which students learned about the daily routines of professionals in the investment banking field.
Social Engagement Club Event
December 13, 2016
After a festive Christmas party with our MBA classmates, we decided it was the time of year to celebrate this festival in a different way – to touch the lives of children who do not have the same opportunity to celebrate as others do. We chose to share the Christmas spirit with the children at the Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired on Pokfulam Road, a school that greatly helps the disabled community in Hong Kong.
At noon on December 13th, we arrived at the Ebenezer School with 200 hand-wrapped gift bags and our classmates, including Hannes, dressed up as Santa Claus for the kids. When everyone had assembled, the Principal brought us to meet the students who were gathered and waiting in the hall for their surprise.
‘Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way’; Santa has come to school!! What could have been a better way to end our semester and the year than sharing Christmas with 70 excited children, brimming with energy and happiness.
On seeing Santa Claus, all the children wanted to shake hands with him. As we distributed gifts to them, their faces beamed with smiles.
It was so much fun distributing gifts, singing Christmas carols in different languages, and
simply talking to them. We also had the chance to take some photos together. Just doing these simple things brought happiness to us as well, and granted us an opportunity to see another side of life here in Hong Kong.
We often underestimate the power of a smile, a listening ear, a kind word, the smallest act of caring or an honest compliment. These little things have immense potential to turn a life around. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to come across hearts full of grace and make some small difference. We will cherish our memories from the Ebenezer School.
We would like to thank Sachin for granting us the permission to have an official club for Community Service as well as all the members of the MBA Office, and every single member of our club who spent their precious time to help us with the logistics, gift wrapping and attending the event.
Refresher Session on Cover Letter
December 07, 2016
The Career Services teams invited Ms. Marlene Chan, who has a background as a head hunter, to conduct a workshop in December, 2016 on the topic of “How to write an effective cover letter” and give individual guidance sessions for students. At the workshop, the coach shared with the students some of the elements vital to writing a good cover letter, which included who reads cover letters, the purpose of writing one, and its format. Some sample cover letters were also discussed at the workshop. Our coach also met with students in individual sessions to offer them guidance on how to enhance their tailor-made cover letters.
"The instructor, Ms. Marlene Chan is a highly experienced ‘guru’ in the recruiting industry, with considerable knowledge and sharp views on different industries in Hong Kong and China. During the talk, she gave very clear rules and suggestions on structuring a cover letter. She then gave precise advice on specific posts and on our profiles, through individual sessions. The knowledge she shared as an experienced hiring manager was most helpful to me, because it gave me an idea of what recruiters look for in a CV and cover letter. I rate this session with Ms. Chan very highly!"
Full-time MBA, Class of 2017
Consulting Skills for Professionals
December 06, 2016
The Career Services team organised a talk on the topic of “Consulting Skills for Professionals” on 6 December, 2016. Mr. Ray Ng, who is a seasoned consulting and finance professional, explained the skills in and gave tips on working as a consultant. He provided a better understanding of the consulting process, its techniques, how it works, and on how to make effective consulting presentations.
"The fast-changing business environment has changed how consultants solve real life strategic problems for clients. As future consultants, b-school students need to be trained in the entire value chain that consulting projects go through, right from the proposal stage to presenting the final deliverable. Mr. Ray Ng, a seasoned consultant, proficiently took the class through how consultants work in real life and the skill sets that are imperative at every stage of the project. The report writing section of the workshop gave the group valuable insights into how to prepare an effective analysis for C-suit executives. Personally, the highlight of the course was the “so what?” curiosity successful consultants possess that help them dig deep into problems and come out with innovative solutions."
Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Christmas Party 2016
December 03, 2016
The HKU MBA Full Time Class of 2017 celebrated the start of the festive season on December 3rd at the Cyberport 4 Hall. Adorned with red, green, gold and silver decorations, the hall basked in the warmth of the Christmas spirit.
Guests entered the venue in an equally festive mood, dressed in their casual sweaters to be greeted by tables offering bunches of candy canes and nicely decorated with traditional Christmas ornaments. The buffet table had a wide selection of festive Christmas dishes such as roast turkey, baked orange and honey glazed ham, cottage pie, Christmas log cake, ginger bread cookies, and chocolate peppermint cookies to name a few.
After dinner ended, the programme resumed with a presentation explaining what Christmas meant for Christians as well as the story of the birth of Jesus Christ followed by two exciting Christmas games, ‘’Build a Snowman’’ and ‘’White Elephant’’.
In ‘’Build a Snowman’’, the students were divided into 5 groups and were tasked to build their own version of a snowman using only the materials provided. The class’ competitiveness was brought out by this game and they became even more competitive during “White Elephant”. Students exchanged gifts and were given the liberty to steal gifts such as umbrellas, scarves, bottles of wine, chairs, and so on.
The night ended with a pleasant surprise. Santa Claus came to town bearing small loot bags of gifts. The loot bags were filled with chocolates, candies and, Christmas ornaments. The night ended on a good note for both the naughty and the nice.
Bloomberg Company Visit
November 30, 2016
Bloomberg hosted the MBA students at their office in Hong Kong where they explained the evolution of the company from its inception in the 1980s to today as well as the diversified products and services available to their clients. The HR team gave examples of typical roles that would be available to recruits and spoke about the interview process. In addition, students had a sharing session with a part-time Master of Finance student with HKU who is now a sales analyst at the organisation. He talked about his own career development at Bloomberg, as well as his observations on the financial services industry as a whole, given his daily interactions with investment banking clients.
November 24, 2016
The MBA Programme participated in the annual HKIHRM Conference in which the theme was HR transformation. Over 30 renowned speakers exchanged their experiences of overcoming today’s human capital challenges in the corporate world. The MBA Programme set up an exhibition booth during the conference to interact with senior HR professionals on career opportunities for the full-time MBA students and also to engage with business executives who may potentially be interested in joining the part-time programme.
Company Visit to L’Oréal Travel Retail
November 23, 2016
The Travel Retail business of L’Oréal hosted MBA students at their office where the senior leadership team in Asia introduced the nature of their business in general, the different consumer trends, and the business opportunities and challenges presented over the years. From the shift of demographics to the building of new airports to the change of channel mix, the students came to understand how the company is continuing to respond to travellers’ needs and they asked many insightful questions during their visit.
Women in Leadership Club – The Gender Experiment
November 22, 2016
The Women in Leadership Club held a panel discussion and networking event at Macquarie’s office in IFC, on the subject of the participation of women in the workforce and their ascent of the corporate ladder. The keynote speaker was Dr. Puja Kapai, Associate Professor of Law at HKU. She told of her battle with stereotypes about women from within her own family in being able to complete matriculation, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree at HKU and subsequently a Master of Laws degree at Harvard, after which she has built a name for herself in legal academia. She also discussed the prevalence of implicit bias in the workplace.
The speech was followed by a discussion in which panelists talked about how to be more inclusive towards women as well as minority communities in the office environment, and some of the related HR programmes that organisations have put into place over the years. The event was attended by students/alums from the MBA programme and employees of Macquarie, as well as associates of the corporate sponsors of the event.
Leadership Talk by HSBC
November 09, 2016
In the continuation of our Leadership Talk series at HKU, we were lucky to have Arnab Sengupta join us as our next guest speaker.
Based on his experience as the Asia Pacific Regional Credit Officer and Head of Portfolio Risk Strategy at HSBC, Arnab walked us through his presentation on Risk Management - The Expanding Landscape and the Future Outlook.
Through a humourous series of analogies, Arnab explained the different types of risks factors, and led an engaging discussion on how we would react in different scenarios when considering all the various types of risks a bank has to account for in making a decision for a potential client. It was interesting to learn how the interaction of risks and holistic management comes into play, and how a bank’s culture is at the heart of risk management.
We’d like to thank Arnab for sharing his time and experience, especially from those of us without a finance background who found his talk accessible and thoroughly compelling.
Adidas Company Information Session
November 08, 2016
Adidas came to Main Campus in November 2016 to speak with MBA students as well as students with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. They introduced not only their brand, but also the Asia hub of Product Operations which is based in Hong Kong. Students learnt about opportunities in Strategy & Projects, Group HR, Group Finance and Sustainability & Environmental Affairs and interacted with the 12 representatives from Adidas.
Part-time MBA Career Workshop by Daniel Porot
November 05, 2016
The Career Services team was excited to invite Mr. Daniel Porot, a globally-renowned career strategist, who travelled from Europe to deliver career workshops for our MBA students in early November.
The workshops covered various career topics including career planning, self-assessment, salary negotiation and making a radical career change, navigating not just the job market but also the hidden job market. This interaction with Mr. Porot brought us great insights into our career and personal development plans.
“I had the chance to participate in Daniel Porot’s workshop on career progression. Daniel Porot is a coryphée in the field of career development. He advised already more than 115,000 people in 60 countries on how to successfully leverage their past achievements in order to make the next leap into their new and fulfilling jobs. If you thought that you knew already all the angles and tricks on job hunting, then be surprised and learn from several decades of Daniel Porot’s experience. Daniel Porot delivers his concepts through a unique and engaging approach by storytelling and swift drawings, which he creates during his workshop and which will stick to your brain, even during the pressure of your next job interview.”
Cristian COSTOIU, Part-time MBA Class of 2015
Diwali Celebration 2016
November 05, 2016
Diwali is the biggest festival in India and to celebrate this, a party was held on 5th November 2016. Everyone was excited about the event and that could be seen by their enthusiasm to participate in preparations, which involved many late-night dance practice sessions at the university campus and shopping for the event.
On the day of celebrations, the HKU MBA Full-time class of 2017 came together like a family and the beauty of a multi-national class came out in all its glory with many non-Indian classmates dressing up in traditional Indian wear.
Celebrations started with performing the traditional rituals of lighting up diyas and reciting prayers, followed by the most awaited event of the night, the dance performances that got everyone excited and set the mood for the rest of event.
The food was a big star. People could not get enough of the sumptuous Indian food that was catered. Everyone participated in games and danced together to the tunes of Indian music.
This event has just set the perfect tone for future student-initiated events and our HKU MBA Full Time Class of 2017 family cannot wait for them!
Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony
November 03, 2016
On 3 November, the Faculty of Business and Economics Graduation Ceremony of the HKU 196th Congregation was held at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. We were honoured to have Dr. Victor Fung Kwok-king, Group Chairman of the Fung Group, as the Keynote Speaker to deliver an inspiring address to our graduands.
More than 200 graduates and guests from the MBA programme attended the Ceremony and celebrated the achievements of graduates. Some even came all the way back from overseas for the joyful moment. Graduates received flowers from their families and friends and the blessings of the Dean and faculty members.
Graduation is not the end of the MBA journey, it is a milestone in their achieving, and graduates will take up new roles as alumni to inspire the next generation. The friendships they have earned, the professional knowledge and skills they have acquired, and the career networks they have developed, will be of benefit to their lifelong adventure and make the MBA community stronger as a whole.
Post-Graduate Career Fair
November 01, 2016
The Career Services function of the MBA Programmes held a joint career fair along with the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) in November 2016 to host recruiting partners interested in HKU’s MBA, master and Ph.D. level students. The event took place at the Town Centre in Admiralty. 13 companies across financial services, management consulting and FMCG sectors met with over 150 students and conducted on-site interviews to identify their talent pipeline.
Capco Company Information Session
October 27, 2016
Capco came to campus in October 2016 to share with the MBA community at large at HKU how this business and technology consultancy has quickly expanded over the years and is now serving major clients in the financial services sector. Six representatives from the Hong Kong operation (including Mr. Martin Hermanowski, alum of Class of 2013) walked the students through a typical day in the life of a consultant at Capco, the types of projects and challenges they see on their job, and what makes them excited to be part of the organisation. Students were able to speak with the business leaders, one-on-one, at the post-presentation networking event.
Visit to Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)
October 25, 2016
On 25 October 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) at the International Finance Centre. The students were given an overview of the formation and function of HKMA. Then they were introduced to Hong Kong's monetary and banking history going back to the nineteenth century. A currency section allowed students to have a better understanding of the high-end technology used for the making and printing of legal tender in Hong Kong.
Résumé and Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop
October 23, 2016
The Career Services team is proud to introduce the first Career Progression Workshop for our part-time MBA students on the afternoon of Sunday, 23 October 2016. Mr. Jonathan Kwan spent four hours with our students on the topic of Résumé and Interview Skills Enhancement. The Workshop was highly interactive and with much discussion and hands-on role play. Mr. Kwan gave many realistic and valuable insights into these skills and the internationally most accepted approaches from the point of view of both employers and recruiters.
Students were delighted to learn how to leverage many of those skills for their future job applications.
Deloitte Company Information Session
October 11, 2016
Deloitte hosted 20 of our full-time MBA students at their office in October 2016 to explain the makeup of the organisation, the evolution of the Advisory business and their human capital needs for the Greater China offices (Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing). Students learnt how Deloitte Advisory differentiates itself from other advisory /management consulting firms and they also came to understand what it takes to be a successful consultant. The students were subsequently invited to attend a workshop organized by Deloitte to brush up on their case cracking skills.
Fung Group Information Sharing Session
October 10, 2016
Fung Group, the leading Hong Kong-based global trading, logistics, distribution and retailing conglomerate, has been a regular visitor to HKU’s MBA programme. The Programme for Management Development (PMD), launched in 2010, has been recruiting our students from year to year for the Group’s business and operation needs. HKU MBA was the first business school globally to host the Group’s PMD campus talk.
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.
HKU MBA Leadership Talk
October 05, 2016
HKU MBA was proud to host a leadership talk at the Town Centre on October 5. On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. William Kuan, Chief Executive Officer, New Markets at Prudential Corporation Asia, to share with the audience the experiences of his CEO journey.
Mr. Kuan was kind enough to talk about his personal growth within the Prudential group, and the understanding he gained from operating within the region. He stressed the value of being open to new opportunities, and how important it is to be a generalist, rather than a specialist, in order to advance to the highest levels of management.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the number of attendees from the insurance industry, and the number of questions they had. Mr. Kuan was patient, dealt with a number of technical questions as well as general queries about leadership, and continued several of these conversations with both students and alumni in the following networking session.
It was a lovely event, and we are so grateful that Mr. Kuan was willing to spend his time and experience with us.
Microsoft Company Information Session
September 23, 2016
The MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) programme is a graduate programme designed to allow MBA graduates to receive professional development and gain a better understanding of the different business functions at Microsoft. Six representatives from Microsoft Hong Kong (including Mr. Ronald Kwok, an alum from the Class of 2016 who joined the programme as Partner Channel Development Manager) came to campus in September 2016 to share the details of MACH. Students learnt about what it is like to be part of the Microsoft family and gained insights into potential career development opportunities within the organisation through the presentation and the post-presentation networking session.
PwC Company Information Session
September 06, 2016
Five representatives of the Advisory Services of PwC Hong Kong came to Town Centre in September 2016 to talk about the contribution of the Advisory business to PwC as a whole, the organisation’s go-to-market strategy with clients in the Greater China region as well as recruitment programmes they have for MBA students/graduates. The PwC representatives included Ms. Manasy Vidyasagar, who graduated from the MBA programme in 2015. Through the company presentation and the networking session, students gained a better understanding of how young professionals like themselves would be able to grow their career in the PwC environment.
Leadership Talk - Trend in Coffee Industry
August 30, 2016
It was a great honor for HKU MBA to host Mr. Patrick Kwok, Head of Operations - Starbucks Hong Kong & Macau, to offer us a guest lecture on “Trend in Coffee Industry” on August 30. The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 140 students and alumni participate in this event.
Patrick explained his personal leadership story where he told us about his journey from being in accounting and finance to his current role in operations. He also spoke about how he managed to achieve his goals in spite of facing many problems and obstacles.
The audience got to know deep insights about the coffee industry and how Starbuck’s manages its operations on a global scale and the efforts that the employees take to ensure that customers get the best service.
Career Visioning & Transitioning Workshop
August 19, 2016
Career Services team invited Mr Jonathan Kwan to conduct a workshop on “Career Visioning and Career Transitioning” on 8 August 2016. Students learnt how to plan ahead for their career with a strategy, leverage their previous background to help them get to their new destinations and make appropriate use of “Coffee Chat” for successful networking. They were given insights into how career transitions are perceived in Asia and into talent acquisition in the current employment market. The lively presentation and interactive style of delivery from Mr Kwan were well received by the class.
"It was a very interesting topic. As a Korean, Coffee Chat was an unfamiliar concept to me. Unless a meeting was officially arranged in advance, I would have never contacted a stranger to ask questions about an industry. Through this workshop, I learned more about a new business networking approach and also gained an understanding of networking strategies that go beyond simply meeting a person. Before this, I was a little nervous about contacting someone that I didn't know very well, but now I am more confident about networking and look forward to meeting more people in Hong Kong soon."
DJ KIM Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop
August 16, 2016
Career Services team invited Ms Bernice Lee to conduct a workshop on “Interview Skills Enhancement” on 16 August 2016.
The workshop equipped students with the necessary skills, such as job interview etiquette and the use of non-verbal communication, for becoming a smart candidate. Our coach, Ms Bernice Lee also demonstrated some non-technical interview skills such as salary discussions, the way to handle difficult job interview situations and a sample of interview questions. The session turned out to have a high level of interaction.
" I took part in the Interview Skills Enhancement Workshop. The workshop definitely exceeded my expectations. The trainer, Bernice, organized the workshop well in three parts. She also divided us into five groups so we could easily share our insights with classmates. First, she emphasized conveying the executive presence through first impression, and she explained the importance of postures, eye signals and the power of the voice. Then she demonstrated the principles of workplace dress codes. Sometimes the details make the differences during an interview. Lastly, she shared with us how to navigate a non-technical job interview. For instance, to succeed in a behavioral interview, we must be able to relate stories that link our experience to the potential position and to implement the STAR model. In summary, the workshop was clear, concise and interesting. "
Christina DONG, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Part-time MBA Orientation 2016
August 13, 2016
The Part-time MBA Orientation on 13 August began the programme for the new part-time students.
In the morning, the students were welcomed by our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, who gave them vision and direction to help them get the most out of the MBA programme. Following that, our Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details to get the students well prepared and planning for their MBA journey.
A team-building workshop was held in the afternoon and students were involved in mentally and sometimes physically demanding activities which promote teamwork, team spirit and a sense of belonging to the MBA family. The full-day orientation was tiring, yet exciting and rewarding to the newcomers.
The Power of Networking & Social Media for Career Success
August 12, 2016
Career Services team invited Ms MJ Jennings to conduct a workshop on “The Power of Networking and Social Media for Career Success” on 12 August 2016.
Ms MJ Jennings spoke about the most resourceful way to connect with people and making proper use of social media for career success. Students also explored how to make a positive and memorable first impression by participating in various role-play activities throughout the workshop.
"The Power of Networking and Social Media workshop conducted by MJ Jennings was very insightful as it emphasized the importance of networking, self presentation and the power of social media in this day and age. It was a very interactive session that comprised a series of activities such as creating one’s own networking map, the use of the ‘PAR’ technique for effective communication and the positive impact created by simply enunciating one’s name. One of my favourities was the ‘Elevator Pitch’ which makes the point that you should be able to deliver your message in the time span of an elevator ride. It’s very important for each working professional to craft their own elevator pitch and summarize who they are, whether it’s at a job interview, networking event or a cocktail party. I am very glad to have attended this workshop as it has encouraged me to work on the development of my 3Vs-Visual, Vocal and Verbal, and hence, create that everlasting first impression!"
Shreya BAHRI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
"This workshop boosted my knowledge about networking in Asia. While I have always known that people do business with people they like, in Asia particularly your network is everything.It not only helps your chances of employment but also can improve your business. MJ showed me in an interactive way how to use networking as a strategic and powerful tool. My biggest take away from the workshop was: forget you are working! It's nice to be strategic, but once the interaction has started, just talk and listen. In short, be yourself and have fun! "
Hannes HEBEL, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
Personal Branding Workshop
August 09, 2016
Career Services team invited Mr Andy Clark to conduct a workshop for our Full Time MBA students on Personal Branding on 3 August 2016. Andy walked through the whole process with the students on how to build their story and personal branding. Incorporating different exercises, the workshop was full of fun with experiential learning opportunities. The “Board-Breaking Challenge” was a physical representation of breaking through a challenge with the right attitude. Students received positive reinforcement with encouragement from peer support, thus building up their own self-confidence.
" A highly energised and interactive workshop on Personal Branding by Andy Clark was structured to first set an example and then help us gradually work towards building our individual brand and story. Instead of an instructive approach, the exercise based approach made the task at hand simple and effective. As a class we discovered some common themes as well as some unique experiences from people's moments of self-discovery and this was the highlight of the workshop for me. Setting and exercising the right system, attitude, and action towards goals translated into a fun exercise where I surprised myself by becoming a "Board-breaker", literally. "
Anupriya GOSWAMI, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
" Andy’s workshop emphasises how personal branding helps to define you and the significant role it plays when it comes to how you are perceived in society. The teaching method was innovative and the use of visual aids to discuss the concept of personal branding made the session interactive and extremely enjoyable. Analogous to the process of product branding, students were actively engaged in adopting defining moments from their lives and depicting them in the form of logos and slogans. Not only did it help us to create a brand for ourselves, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn more about the life experiences of our batch mates. Another exciting segment called the “board breaker” demonstrated the essence of identifying a target and how focus and confidence are important elements of personal brand in achieving that target. I sincerely encourage students of the batches that follow to attend the session as it will help them to gain an insight into one factor besides knowledge that can contribute immensely towards the success of an individual. Last but not least… “I AM A BOARD BREAKER AND I DID BREAK THE BOARD."
Shouvik SINHARAY, Full-time MBA Class of 2017
I3 Career Development series - C.V. Workshop
August 08, 2016
Career Services team kicked off I3 Career Development series – C.V. Workshop for Full Time MBA students on 1 August, 2016.
A C.V. is a marketing tool which represents you when you are not there. A good C.V. determines if you get an interview, thus creating various job opportunities. Ms Silvia Carius shared some tips with the students on how to build a killer resume and an outstanding cover letter, during the workshop. Students got a chance to critique a sample C.V. for content, formatting and accuracy. They learnt how to present their credentials in a well-organized way that will interest potential employers.
August 07, 2016
On August 7, the MBA Office hosted a networking event called Alumni Interaction at the Azure Restaurant in Central. The MBA Office aims to provide an exclusive platform for new full-time students to meet up with alumni which then creates synergy for more opportunities and collaboration. This event attracted more than 100 people with a very good one-to-one mix of students and alumni. The students were very glad about the event and grateful to their seniors for spending time at a weekend to come and share their valuable experiences of their MBA journeys. All participants had a wonderful afternoon and hope to attend more activities of a similar type.
Full-time MBA Orientation 2016
July 28, 2016
Given the diverse backgrounds of our MBA students, a 2-day orientation was organized for the full-time MBA students to facilitate their smooth transition and get them ready for the programme.
The students were greeted by Prof. Bennett Yim, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics. Our MBA Executive Director, Mr. Sachin Tipnis, motivated and inspired the students in how they should best equip and prepare themselves so that they might achieve what they want by leveraging their strengths, experience and the MBA. The three teams of the MBA Office elaborated on how they could assist the students through their MBA journeys. The Senior Programme Manager, Ms. Josephine Chan, provided programme and services details which are the solid foundation for their MBA study. The two Assistant Directors of the Career Team, Mr. Daniel Chiu and Mr. Frederick Lo, briefed the class about the upcoming career workshops, business treks, campus talks, and other activities. Mr. Tom Ng, Assistant Director for Marketing and Admissions, highlighted the enrichment and networking activities ahead, such as interactions with HKU and MBA alumni and students of other business programmes, which help expanding students’ social life.
During the orientation, we also set every student to do a 5-minute presentation to introduce themselves. They not only told stories of their childhood, and spoke about their studies and work, they also shared information on their hobbies, goals and dreams which gained applause and laughter from the classmates. The orientation ended with a dinner where students had a taste of the local cuisine, enjoyed beers and entertained themselves `with songs and dance.
HKU MBA CSR 2016 - What's your dream?
July 16, 2016
The MBA Office hosted a one-day event with Chan Shu Kui Memorial School (CSKMS) on 16 July, 2016. The event was a combination of discussion and engaging activities to help senior form students gaining a broader view of their education, careers and lives. At the event, some students and alumni within our community volunteered to work closely with the secondary students to encourage them to study hard and further their studies after graduating from high school.
The Hong Kong Youth Aviation Academy (HKYAA) and the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) were also invited by the MBA Office to participate in this event. Two instructors from HKYAA, who are full-time pilots working in an international airline, joined the morning session and introduced the entry requirements and career path of a professional airline pilot. Similarly, two senior officers of HKPF offered a career talk to all participants in the afternoon.
The secondary students considered that they had benefited a lot from the experiences shared by the speakers. They learnt that pursuing a tertiary education is most important and makes an essential difference to one’s career prospects. Many of the students felt that the life stories of the alumni mirrored a possible future for them and boosted their confidence in overcoming the obstacles involved. The MBA students and alumni, and the CSKMS students and teachers who were involved responded positively to this meaningful event and registered their wish to attend more activities of a similar type.
Summer Networking Drinks
June 07, 2016
The MBA office hosted a summer networking event at Zafran on June 7th, in which all current full-time, part-time students and alumni were invited. The event attracted more than 80 people, and throughout the event the guests were able to chill out and enjoy drinks together in a very cozy environment, despite the extremely hot and humid weather outside.
Brooks Brothers In-store Event
April 29, 2016
On the evening of April 29, the MBA Office co-hosted the first-ever grooming event with Brooks Brothers. It was a great pleasure to have Brooks Brothers bring fresh information and experienced guidance on style and taste to our MBA students and alumni. For this event, Brooks Brothers invited senior managers from other renowned companies such as Moet Hennessy Diageo and GQ to introduce tips on fashion grooming and whisky tasting. Overall, the event was well received and appreciated by all the participants. It was a unique experience for us, thanks to the thoughtfulness of Brooks Brothers’ arrangements which brought fashion grooming and modeling, whisky tasting and shopping privileges all into one event. In fact, many students hoped that Brooks Brothers and HKU MBA would collaborate this way more often.
Searching for innovative business idea
April 01, 2016
With the help of our supportive alumnus, Ms. Tracy Ho, CEO of Anyplex, we were honored, on April 1, to have as our guest Mr. Ringo Lam, one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, to share his start-up experiences, in a talk entitled "Searching for innovative business ideas - perspective from a serial entrepreneur".
In his talk, he began with his personal business innovations as young undergraduate student. He reflected, with clear analysis, not only on his successful businesses but also his failed ones. Mr. Lam then elaborated on some pragmatic models for both past and future technological development. Finally, he disclosed to us his new business innovation, ‘Pawsible’, which is basically a pet hotel, a mixture of commercial business and social enterprise. The talk ended with a Q&A session in which students were eager to learn more about his business ideas and how they worked.
It was a valuable opportunity for our students and alumni to be inspired and in touch with a pioneer and veteran in the field of innovative technology.
HKU MBA Annual Dinner 2016
March 12, 2016
On 12 March 2016, MBA full-time students, part-time students and staff had a fantastic evening at the Club One in Repulse Bay. Everyone dressed up for the “Shanghai Glam” themed Annual Dinner Party! A cocktail reception was set against the magnificent sea view so that students within the community could mingle with each other before the dinner. An opening speech was made by Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA programmes, who shared his view on the real meaning of networking. It was then followed by a dinner full of gourmet delicacies and fine wines in a sophisticated setting. Thank you to the Annual Dinner committee for all the effort in making the event such a huge success and giving all of us a spectacular 'Shanghai Glam' night.
Alumni Interaction in Finance Industry
February 22, 2016
To provide enough platforms for students to gain industry knowledge, MBA office organizes a series of networking events. Alumni Interaction is one of the alumni engagement events where students can make connections with HKU MBA alumni. On February 22, 2016, students and alumni gathered at the Town Centre to share their expertise on the finance industry. Many alumni with backgrounds such as banking, compliance, capital markets, investment management and consulting management, brought industry knowledge to the students. Through talking to alumni, students found this session very insightful in clarifying their career direction. They received many good recommendations and made useful contacts. Alumni suggested the right contacts to individual students and even arranged referrals. It was also a fruitful event for alumni themselves as it was a good opportunity to meet other alumni with similar backgrounds but from different years.
Alumni Regional Chapters
January 15, 2016
HKU MBA offers a vast network of regional and international chapters that keep alumni from the entire community connected to their alma mater no matter where they live. Chapters play an important role in keeping alumni connected through the variety of events they host each year. On January 15th and 17th, two get-together events were held in Shanghai and Beijing respectively in which alumni from different branches were able to meet up and get to know each other. Everyone was so happy to speak to each other in a very cozy environment.
Visit to Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
January 14, 2016
On 14 January 2016, our MBA students visited the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), one of the world’s largest exchanges by market capitalization of listed companies. The students were given an overview of the foundation and development of HKEx and had the opportunity to explore the stock traders’ workplace and facilities to gain a better understanding of the operations of stock exchanges.
HKU MBA Graduation Dinner 2015
November 15, 2015
The 2015 part-time class organized a graduation dinner on November 15th, 2015 at Happy Valley Racecourse to celebrate their programme’s completion. More than 70 students and staff attended and had a memorable evening.
The dinner was preceded by video from Mr. Sachin Tipnis, Executive Director of HKU MBA, in which he greeted and congratulated all graduates for their great achievements after putting in so much effort over the previous 2 years. At the end, Sachin sent his best wishes to all of them. The graduation dinner committee then made a toast and the night began. After the first course, some students shared their MBA experiences of class discussions, group projects, field trips, gatherings after examinations and other landmarks as a wrap-up of their MBA journey. Everyone cheered at the recollections of the exhilarating times and the friendships gained after the journey. Sharing these moments was a joy and source of much laughter for all the students and staff present. It was altogether a fun-filled evening, with a fine dinner and games played throughout. Participants wore black tie and evening dress and took photographs.
Leadership Talk - Mr. Masaaki Ogino
November 11, 2015
HKU MBA was proud to host a CEO talk at the Town Center on Nov 11. On this occasion, MBA office was very happy to welcome Mr. Masaaki Ogino, Founder and Chairman of Fenix Group Holdings Ltd, to share with the audience the experiences of his entrepreneurial journey.
Mr. Ogino told the gathering how he managed to evolve his company from a trading business in 1972 to high-end branding and retail businesses such as Anteprima and city’super, which today give Fenix Group a network of more than 30 companies and 14 factories across 7 countries, employing over 6,300 staff and occupying 360,000 square feet of retail space. Mr. Ogino frequently engaged with audience members during his talk to demonstrate his way of thinking and how he would make a decision in a critical situation. All participants enjoyed this talk so much as they could learn a lot of insights from this distinguished speaker.
HKU MBA - Orbis Moonwalkers 2015
November 07, 2015
The MBA Office was very pleased to invite all students and alumni to form a HKU MBA team to participate in a charity event called “Orbis Moonwalkers” on November 7. Orbis Moonwalkers is an annual event hosted by an international non-governmental organization called Orbis International. Orbis is dedicated to saving sight worldwide and its programmes focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries.
In the end, a total 34 students and alumni participated and many of them succeeded in finishing a 20km-walk from Sham Shui Po to Tseung Kwan O. The participants were so happy to take part in this meaningful event and be able to connect with others in the community.
Leadership Talk by Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato
October 14, 2015
It was a great honour for HKU MBA to host Mr. Mario Moretti Polegato, Founder and Chairman of GEOX group, for a Leadership Talk at the Town Centre on October 14. The MBA Office is very glad to have received an overwhelming response to and comments on the talk, and to have had over 80 students and alumni participate in this event.
Along with Mr. Polegato, others of the senior management of GEOX, Mr. Venti Juan Carlos, Head of Institutional and External Relations, Mr. Malta Mauro, Senior Vice President Sales and Retail for Asia Pacific and Ms. Ada Hung, Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Asia Pacific attended the talk. Also present was Mr. Antonello De Riu, Representative of the Italian Consul-General in Hong Kong.
Mr. Polegato shared with all the audiences how the Geox-shoe idea came about during one of his journeys in the United States in the early 90s. He used a pocket knife to cut holes into his sneakers to ventilate his overheating feet when walking in the Nevada desert. This simple, yet ingenious improvisation led to his development of the “shoe that breathes”, which was the springboard for launching an extraordinarily successful business. Mr. Polegato also explained the importance of innovation and intellectual property to students during the talk.
The participants were able to gain valuable insights from Mr. Polegato’s talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive and successful one.
CEO sharing about luxury industry in China
August 27, 2015
On 27 August 2015, the MBA Office invited Mr. Bertrand Ternat, CEO and Co-founder of Conch
Society, to talk about the luxury industry in China. Bertrand thoroughly explained the current situation in the industry as well as the challenges that investors are facing now. The participants were able to gain important insights from his talk. Many questions were received from the floor and that made the session a very interactive one.
Full-time Alumni Sharing
August 04, 2015
To allow new full-time students to get familiar with the programme easily from the start, the MBA office invited some alumni to share their MBA study experience at the Town Center on August 4, 2015. Through talking to alumni, the students found this session very insightful in planning their studies for their stay in Hong Kong. The students received many good recommendations, in particular on electives selection and combination, course coverage, and teaching styles. Many students appreciated this initiative and look forward to having similar events in future.
2015 Dublin Trek
June 12, 2015
With the help of CDO, a total of 7 MBA students participated in Dublin Trek during their LBS track in June 2015. This trek went off very well and all participants found it worthwhile. The students visited four companies in this 2-day trek, e.g. LinkedIn EMEA, Tax-free Worldwide, Google and Voltedge. They found these companies are expanding with many opportunities suitable to MBA students.
2015 Dubai Trek
March 28, 2015
Career Development Office took fourteen full-time MBA students to visit Dubai during the period of 28th – 31st March in order to explore career opportunities, market as well as meeting employers from twelve companies and networking with guests and alumni in Dubai.
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
All students enjoyed a store visit in Hysan Place on 11 March 2015, especially for the sharing sessions and the demonstration by Apple staff so that the students can know more about APPLE. They found that APPLE is really a world-class brand with a pool of passionate, friendly and trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and customer service quality.
PassKit Campus Talk
March 10, 2015
The Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit, the world’s premier mobile wallet engagement enablers and two of his incredible young executives came to talk about the internship opportunity on 10 March 2015. They encouraged our MBAs to think very big, tap into passion and start of a successful journey after the programme.
H&M Campus Talk
March 10, 2015
Six H&M representatives came on 10 March 2015 to talk about the company expansion in the region and some suitable opportunities for our MBAs including 1) Area Controller; 2) Product Manager; 3) Lease Manager and 4) Store Developer. Followed by a mingling session with light refreshment so that all students can have time to network with the company representatives.
Managing Your Body Appropriately
March 06, 2015
Cora Wong, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2009, is a registered dietitian at St. James’ Settlement and promotes community nutrition and health. Cora is also the Manager of Dietetic and Catering Services and the Adviser for quality meals on wheels. In addition, she provides consultancy services and individual counseling on diet therapy and nutrition. She designs training programmes and service packages to satisfy the unique needs of different commercial firms and voluntary agencies. In recent years, she has also been actively involved in a partnership programme with hospitals under the Hospital Authority.
Cora introduced the power of having a balanced diet and its ability to greatly reduce people’s chances of getting deadly illnesses like cancer. She provided some interesting facts like how a low fruit intake increases one’s risk of lung cancer by 20% and how the intake of tomatoes can slow down ageing. For living a healthier life, the slogan for the day was “You are what you eat!”.
Discovering More About Investment Banking
February 24, 2015
Mr. Eddie Liu, alumnus from the part-time programme of 2010, shared his views on the investment banking industry and his experience in landing the perfect job. Eddie is a US and Asia qualified HR professional with good experience of different types of companies such as entrepreneurial, multi-national corporate, Internet and agency. In the past 20 years, he has served in some well-known firms like Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and DKR Oasis as the HR lead. Currently, he is the Head of Human Resources at Nomura.
His frank approach to the students kept them on their toes during the sharing. Students were asked to identify their key strengths and match them with the right job. Eddie quickly challenged the students on their selections and pushed them to think deeper into the market value of being a HKU MBA student. The heated discussion certainly helped the students to set more realistic expectations and align their skills set and job options.
HKBN Company Visit
February 09, 2015
Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd (HKBN) was among one of many companies arranged by Career Development Office(CDO) in February for Telecom Career Trek.
On 9 Feb, CDO and a total of 13 students visited HKBN. Many questions relating to HKBN’s present, future and opportunities were being asked by some of the students who had around 10 years of telecom experience.
February 09, 2015
On 10 February, LinkedIn representatives from both Hong Kong and Singapore offices came to talk about various opportunities to the MBA students. By having this networking opportunity, one of the current full-time students could succeed to get a summer internship offer from LinkedIn to work in their Hong Kong office from May to July this year.
Telstra Company Visit
February 06, 2015
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, providing world-class fully integrated services including fixed line, mobile, online, pay TV, advertising and directories.
On 6 Feb, CDO and a group of students visited the office of Telstra International Group (TIG), headquartered in Hong Kong. It is a business unit of Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) managing its international assets and connectivity. There were a total of five senior company representatives shared with the students and staff about the company, business and the career in TIG.
Cisco Company Visit
February 05, 2015
Career Development Office and sixteen students arranged a company visit to Cisco on 5th Feb, 2015. It was brilliant meeting that their colleagues in HK office virtually met their HR Lead in Shanghai office through video conference. All students really enjoyed the well-organized company presentation, the information and experience sharing and also the “technology demonstration” so that they can know more about Cisco.
They found that Cisco is really a world-class brand with a pool of trusted professionals and a strong commitment to innovation and quality.
Meeting the Group President of Noah
January 30, 2015
On 30 January 2015, Career Development Office together with an MBA alumni invited his group president Mr. Kenny Lam to give a presentation at Town Centre campus. Associate Professor Christine Chan, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomed Mr. Lam. It was attended by MBA, EMBA, MFin and MEcon students. Mr. Lam shared many useful information and insight about the wealth and private banking trends in China. It was a very good learning experience and students came out of the presentation with a good understanding of the industry which was due to Mr. Lam’s excellent presentation style.
A Day in Life - Sahil from UPS
January 29, 2015
The Industry Club launched the 3rd series of “A day in the Life” with Mr. Sahil S. Jaggi on the 29th January 2015. Sahil is currently a Manager – Marketing, North Asia District with UPS. He has over seven years of extensive international work experience in supply chain and process improvements across retail, industrial manufacturing and automotive verticals. He actively engaged in value proposition development focused around product assortment, new product launch to cater to consumer and customer needs. The session was extremely insightful and interactive. He facilitated the students to be able to make informed decisions about the kind of careers they want to pursue in the sector and how his role in UPS is actually like.
China Purchasing Manager Index
January 27, 2015
The MBA Office arranged for its first Alumni Sharing to be held on January 27. Many past students came back to the Admiralty Campus to join the session, led by Miss Emily Lam, on the China Purchasing Manager Index. Emily provided an overview of the benefits and impact of adopting the index in analyzing and evaluating the Chinese market. In particular, she illustrated its ability to identify implications in seeking greater investment opportunities.
Emily provides her professional advisory services to corporates, specializing in the provision of prime information, namely the China Purchasing Manager Index and entities that require corporate development/financing services. She received her MBA from HKU in 2009 and has worked as business development and investment manager for various multinational corporations such as Jebsens & Co. Ltd., NEC, Chevron, Agilities Logistics and Chief Group.
CDO Speakers Series: Intel Finance Team
January 23, 2015
On 23 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Luca Biancardi and Mr. Ong Shao Lead of Intel Semiconductor (US) LLC to speak to the Finance Club. An Italian student ambassador introduced the two speakers. Both speakers shared their career journey and the working environment in Intel, especially in the finance department. There were many questions raised from the floor and the presentation was well received.
CDO Speakers Series: First Derivatives
January 21, 2015
On 21 January 2015, Career Development Office invited Mr. Joe Vu, Director of the First Derivatives plc to speak to the Finance Club. The presentation was started off by a student ambassador to introduce the speaker. Mr Vu then introduced his firm – First Derivatives plc and shared his career background. He also spoke about Algorithmic Trading to the club. Mr Vu concluded his talk by discussing why HFT is significant followed with an interactive Q&A session with the audience.
CDO Finance Club: Structure Finance
November 07, 2014
On 7 and 17 November 2014, Career Development Office invited Mr. Charles-Henri Larreur to talk about Structure Finance and Asset Finance to the Finance Club. Mr. Larreur was very knowledgeable in this field and explained details in an extremely clear and easy to understand manner. Overall both sessions are very engaging and informative.
Guest Lecture by Mr. Andrew Campbell
October 15, 2014
Mr. Andrew Campbell gave a guest lecture to our students on Corporate Level Strategy: Frameworks and Tools on 15 October 2014. Mr. Campbell, expert on business strategy, is the Director of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre. Previously, he was on the faculty of the London Business School and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has special interests in corporate-level strategy and organization design, and has authored more than 10 books, including the classic text “Strategy for the Corporate Level” and 10 articles in the Harvard Business Review.
He introduced the framework for analyzing group level strategy to the students and illustrated the benefits of adopting such business models through various business examples like Apple and Olam. The students actively participated in the discussion and expressed great interest in learning more about the method of categorizing businesses and processes.
Enterprise Workplace and Future of Work
September 23, 2014
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
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
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.