Message from the Dean
Tracing its roots back over a century, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) today proudly stands as one of the leading institutions of higher education in Asia. And with it, the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) has grown to become a widely recognised and respected business school in the region.
The Faculty strives to nurture first-class business leaders and to foster both academic and applied research to serve the needs of Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world in the fast-changing global economy. We engage leading scholars from all corners of the world who instil students with global knowledge. With the highest proportion of non-local undergraduate students amongst all Faculties at HKU, and two of our undergraduate programmes ranked amongst the University’s Top 5 and Hong Kong’s Top 10 programmes, FBE attracts the best and brightest students from Hong Kong and beyond.
The Faculty’s full-time MBA programme has been ranked Asia’s no. 1 in the World MBA Rankings released by the Economist Intelligence Unit for seven consecutive years from 2010 to 2016. In addition to offering an elite EMBA-Global Asia programme jointly with Columbia Business School and London Business School for globally-focused senior executives and professionals, we also collaborate with top business schools throughout China and across the globe to synergise business and economics education. Our strong and extensive alumni network, with business and community leaders serving at key positions in both public and private realms, furthers our reach and strengthens our influence in different sectors and strata of society.
I am truly humbled and honoured to take up the Deanship of the Faculty at this particular point in time as the world is experiencing perhaps one of the most dramatic socioeconomic and political shifts in modern history. The rise of the Asian economies will also be accompanied by the increasing influence of Asian business schools, which provides the Faculty with an unprecedented opportunity to capitalise on Hong Kong’s unique strengths.
With its traditional role as the commercial and cultural gateway between the East and the West, Hong Kong enjoys a distinct advantage in these changing times. As a city that celebrates its entrepreneurial spirit, diverse cultural mix and uniquely dynamic energy, Hong Kong has consistently attracted “the best of the best” – as evidenced by the global thought leaders and world-class educators that make up our Faculty.
Building on a very good foundation, I am confident the Faculty will continue to develop, advance and flourish – to provide the best possible business and economics education to students; to produce insightful and impactful research to advance the frontiers of knowledge; to improve public policies by engaging in informative policy research and discussions; to co-develop with the business community by training and nurturing current and future business leaders, and by addressing and solving pressing issues in the economy and community.
HKU strives to be Asia’s Global University in the next decade, guiding by the “three plus one Is” with innovative, international, interdisciplinary visions leading to greater impact. Our aspirations at FBE are to be just as ambitious: to become a premier business school in Asia with significant local, regional and global influence. I invite you to come visit us, join us or join forces with us, in making the Faculty of Business and Economics a beacon in academia, and making the world a better place.
Professor Hongbin Cai
Chair of Economics