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HKU Full-time MBA Advantage

Shimpei Takanohashi
  • NameShimpei Takanohashi
  • NationalityJapan
  • BatchClass of 2018

Shimpei built a nonprofit organisation from scratch in Indonesia but still needed more skills to overcome problems and discover his potential. He believes an MBA in Asia – HKU MBA, powerhouse of the world, is the right setting to meet his needs and explains how HKU MBA with its intensive yet pragmatic programme and inspiring diversity of classmates is advancing his capabilities, ‘to make a better version of myself.’

Elena Leinweber
  • NameElena Leinweber
  • NationalityGermany
  • BatchClass of 2018

Elena from Germany tells us the choices the HKU MBA gave her, how many options she had for creating a career platform, the tremendous mix of cultural concepts she enjoyed from among classmates and how there were so many events organised, it was a challenge to keep up. “If I had to make the choice again, I would definitely make the same choice.” she says.

Suyanee Attawuttinun
  • NameSuyanee Attawuttinun
  • NationalityThailand
  • BatchClass of 2018

Full-time students Janelle Cheng Chenglay from The Philippines and Suyanee Attawuttinun from Thailand talk about the HKU MBA’s one-month China Immersion programme in Beijing, the like of which they had never experienced before. For them, the company visits, Mandarin classes, leadership talks, and visits to the city’s historical gems forged friendships for the course and the rest of their lives, and left memories that will be with them forever.

Janelle Chenglay
  • NameJanelle Chenglay
  • NationalityPhilippines
  • BatchClass of 2018

Full-time students Janelle Cheng Chenglay from The Philippines and Suyanee Attawuttinun from Thailand talk about the HKU MBA’s one-month China Immersion programme in Beijing, the like of which they had never experienced before. For them, the company visits, Mandarin classes, leadership talks, and visits to the city’s historical gems forged friendships for the course and the rest of their lives, and left memories that will be with them forever.

Luca Bianchi
  • NameLuca Bianchi
  • NationalitySwitzerland
  • BatchClass of 2018

While my family roots are in Italy, I was born in the United States and raised in Switzerland. I finished law school at the University of Zurich with a master degree in law (lic. iur.). In addition, I completed the Swiss bar exam and am admitted to the bar as a lawyer in Switzerland. Subsequently, I completed a Master of Advanced Studies (UZH) in Finance (University of Zurich) and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Pritzker School of Law (Northwestern University; Chicago). I believe the HKU MBA gives me an important (and so far missing) tool that completes my education and thinking.

Since 2009, I have been working as a junior associate, associate and senior associate at a leading Tier 1 law firm in Switzerland. As a member of the capital markets team, I was advising major investment banks and other financial institutions with respect to capital markets transactions as well as financial services and products regulation. Specifically, I specialized in the areas of investment funds, structured products, and Fintech. Before I started working as a lawyer I  gained work experience as an intern at Lehman Brothers (equity derivatives sales) as well as with the Public Prosecutor Department in Zurich.

I am pursuing an MBA to strengthen my business knowhow, my management skills, my network, and, finally, to spend an exciting year in a – from a Swiss perspective – very exotic country such as Hong Kong/China. In addition, I am looking forward to completing the last term of the MBA programme at Columbia Business School in New York, another exciting city which is not far from my place of birth.

Business (especially, management, strategy, and marketing), finance and economics are still a blind spot for many lawyers and law firms. Although I am the only lawyer in my MBA programme, I believe it is an extremely valuable addition to the education of every modern and interdisciplinary lawyer. The HKU MBA is particularly interesting because it is conducted in a cross-culture environment with classmates from many different countries. Thus, all lawyers that are thinking about applying to an MBA should certainly do so – especially to a great programme such as the HKU MBA.

Amanda Gan
  • NameAmanda Gan
  • NationalityMalaysia
  • BatchClass of 2018

After graduating with Honours in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I decided to return home to Kuala Lumpur. There, I worked with Samsung Electronics for 3 years, after a short but rewarding internship with PwC. With a background in science, I always felt I needed to increase my business acumen to widen my horizons and to stay competitive. Since joining this MBA programme, I have gained much more than just textbook knowledge, through the case-based teaching approach that lecturers adopt and also through the non-academic activities students are constantly being involved in. However the most rewarding experience for me personally is the opportunity to interact with bright individuals from immensely diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

Working with HK Tramways in a live project, gives me a chance to put what I have learnt into practice, by contributing to the solution of a real-world business problem. The Women in Leadership club is also a great venue where I can expand on my networks and collaborate with remarkable professionals on events and activities. I am also making the most out of the mentorship programme arranged by the Career Services office, which are always eager to provide support and career-related advice when required.

I am excited at progressing through the rest of this MBA programme, and in anticipating what awaits all of us in the next step of our journeys towards success.

Francois Lam
  • NameFrancois Lam
  • NationalityPortugal
  • BatchClass of 2018

Francois Lam, Full-time MBA Class of 2018, born in Portugal, who previously worked in Geneva and Hong Kong at UBS before joining HKU MBA, has a wealth of experience in investment banking in the advisory mandates as a portfolio specialist.

Why HKU MBA? Knowledge and Career Opportunities. HKU MBA equips our MBAs with knowledge of new technology and business models beyond the buzzwords. This year, we offer an up-to-market elective course on FinTech, allowing our MBAs to have an understanding of the emergence of FinTech and its impact on global finance and banking. This  provides a more competitive, level playing field for our MBAs in career opportunities.  

José Eduardo Coello Kunz
  • NameJosé Eduardo Coello Kunz
  • NationalityMexico
  • BatchClass of 2018

José Eduardo Coello Kunz

At HKU MBA, you will be studying with someone like Angela from Canada and Eduardo from Mexico. Eduardo has been attracted by Hong Kong for it being an international city, where you can meet people from around the world with different cultures, as well as for its beautiful landscape and hiking spots.

Angela enjoys the unique curriculum that HKU MBA offers, which gives her new perspectives on many business issues around the world. Having the opportunity to take part in the Live Project and the Operation Santa Claus Challenge for charity gave her a meaningful way to contribute back to society.  

Being in the middle of the global business hub, both of them are able to expand their visions and horizons, and equip themselves to be future business leaders. 

Nupur Gupta
  • NameNupur Gupta
  • NationalityIndia
  • BatchClass of 2018

Nupur Gupta, Full-time MBA Class of 2018, an experienced financial services professional from India chose HKU MBA as a launchpad from which to advance her career to the next level.  

How to choose the right MBA? Nupur told us that apart from doing extensive research on theoretical parameters such as MBA rankings, salary benchmark, and career services, one should also be able to resonate with the culture of the institution and its reputation. 

HKU MBA has it all – HKU is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong and has an established and solid reputation as a premier international university.  With its strategic location in the heart of Asia, HKU MBA attracts students from around 18 nationalities who share a collaborative culture. The London and New York tracks also allow our MBAs to expand their global vision. 

David Kim
  • NameDavid Kim
  • NationalitySouth Korea
  • BatchClass of 2018

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University, South Korea, I began my career at LSIS Co., Ltd, which is a local electricity manufacturing company. There, I gained three years of work experience in the accounting and business planning team. During this time, I acquired knowledge in how to manage the business, and how to make and use money.

I chose an MBA to change my career from the manufacturing industry to the finance industry. Above all, I wanted to realise my potential in the city of Hong Kong. HKU MBA was the best option for me because it is located in Hong Kong, Asia’s leading financial center, not to mention that it is the No.1 Asian MBA programme.

So far my HKU MBA life has been truly fantastic and given me lots of positive stimulation. I have been especially impressed by the high quality lectures from excellent professors, and wonderful classmates. Furthermore, Career Development Office staffs have been more than helpful in providing me with numerous opportunities to participate in career events and have interviews. I think the existence of CDO definitely increases the chances of MBA classmates getting a high quality job.

I am certain that the MBA experience is enabling me to develop the ability to see problems from various perspectives. Also, it has allowed me to work well in a global environment by studying with classmates of various backgrounds.

I’m honoured to be a member of HKU MBA and believe that this experience will certainly be a cause of making my life more subjective and realising my dreams.

Angela Tai
  • NameAngela Tai
  • NationalityCanada
  • BatchClass of 2018

Upon graduation from Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia, I joined HSBC Bank Canada in the Retail Banking and Wealth Management Division. Through generating client trust and ensuring high quality wealth services while adhering to HSBC’s strict Global Standards, I was able to develop as a more motivated and dedicated individual. These strengths carried through after I had made the decision to relocate from North America back to Asia.

Before I joined the MBA Class of 2018, I was the marketing and business development director at a start-up artificial intelligence company based in Shenzhen, China. With my previous knowledge and experience, I could actively contribute to the growth of the company, now valued at CNY 200million and making its impact in the artificial intelligence community.

Educated in both Asia and North America, I possess the holistic, quantitative and team-based ways of the East as well as the analytic, creative and initiative approaches of the West. Hong Kong is indisputably the right place for me. My experience of Hong Kong’s lively environment and HKU’s welcoming atmosphere has been a fruitful one since Day 1. From lectures, to workshops, not to mention eventful networking opportunities, the MBA life has provided a valuable experience in every aspect.

In the following months, I hope to maximise my experience at HKU MBA. By enrolling in subjects I have not had the chance to come in contact with, I will be able to strengthen core skill sets and expand my knowledge field. By participating in Live Projects and Student Club activities, I will be able to contribute to society in a meaningful way. By utilising the many advancement opportunities the Career Development Office provides, I will be able to seek my value in the business community of Hong Kong and Asia as a whole. The elective courses at CBS will certainly expand this journey and broaden my vision.

 The HKU MBA programme has provided me with the opportunity to meet and get to know outstanding individuals from all sectors and professions. By working together and learning from each other today, we are able to become the better business leaders of tomorrow. 

Toru Watanabe
  • NameToru Watanabe
  • NationalityJapan
  • BatchClass of 2018

I was born in Japan and graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. It was a great experience to learn how to look at one circumstance from several different points of view. Soon after graduation, I began to work for a financial company as a sales officer which gave me a sense of contributing to society.

After four and a half years at a branch in Japan, I moved to the Hanoi office of the same company. I was promoted twice to manager positions during my three and half years there and led different staff groups as a team head. I was in charge of approximately 200 large clients and the core businesses were corporate finance, transaction banking, and advisory for market investigation and/or M&A. Apart from front-sales activity, I also jumped into middle-back tasks such as products development and ALM control of the region. The experience not only enriched my finance related knowledge, it strengthened my managerial ability to handle a task force until a problem is solved.

I’m pursuing HKU MBA to strengthen my skills in personal appeal on the basis of my professional experience, to expand my connections with future global talents throughout the world, and to have my previous experience endorsed by a top level business school, since I have a limited academic background in terms of finance or economics. My HKU classmates are all exciting. They constantly refresh my views and wipe away stereotypes. I do believe HKU MBA is the best place for me, not just because we can hear good lectures from professors on the beautiful campus but because we can create theories/ideas with world-wide perspectives and put them into practice.

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