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Taichi Iura
  • NameTaichi Iura
  • NationalityJapanese
  • BatchClass of 2021

I spent my undergraduate years at the Waseda University in Japan where I was introduced to Asian politics, economics and culture. Since then, I have wanted to have a taste of what it was like to live and study in other Asian countries, and have yearned for an opportunity to do so.  

However, this dream of mine was somehow left aside, and I eventually entered the workforce in Japan after graduation. I started my career as a sales and marketing representative for the domestic market in a Japanese manufacturing company. I was then assigned to work in the China branch where I was in charge of business planning for the China market. The experience of working in Beijing and Shanghai has turned me into a businessperson who is always eager to learn more about China business. Now, I work for the Hong Kong subsidiary company where I have to manage almost all aspects of running, overseeing and supervising a business operation on a daily basis. To tackle the challenges and to become more competent and all round, I keenly felt the need to understand Asian business in greater depth as well as strengthen my management skills. I decided to take courage to make it happen and therefore rushed to apply for an MBA programme.

I strongly believe that the HKU MBA programme will develop me into a competent business leader. The courses are interesting and are of a great variety. In addition to teaching knowledge about general management, the courses also give special focuses on Asian business which is one of the unique characteristics and strengths of the MBA programme. I tremendously enjoy the time spent with the enthusiastic, motivating and capable classmates and professors both inside and outside the classroom, as every interaction with them allows me to gain new and valuable insights, which I am sure will drive me to a successful career.

Jörg Riebel
  • NameJörg Riebel
  • NationalityGerman
  • BatchClass of 2021

The future of work – modern careers require a continuous learning journey

In today’s environment of constant and accelerating change, the future of work is without a doubt a major factor that drives our career choices. Digitisation, AI and automation heavily impact employability as new jobs emerge and old jobs change or cease to exist. Consequently, we should not expect to be able to capture new opportunities with our initial education alone. A continuous learning journey throughout our entire working lives is required to stay ahead of human and/or machine competition.

My personal learning journey – passion and perseverance

After finishing law school, I started as a tax consultant at KPMG in Germany helping clients with their compliance obligations. This career track required additional professional qualifications in German and US tax law, which in turn allowed me to take up work assignments abroad. Working in the U.S. and later Hong Kong, I gained invaluable international exposure and cross-cultural experience. Lately, clients expect their advisors to have more of a holistic, cross-functional business understanding. Therefore, I supplemented my tax specialisation with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and in 2019 started my MBA journey with the University of Hong Kong.

The current stage of my journey – MBA at HKU

Finding the right MBA programme depends mostly on our personal criteria and expectations. Considering online-only and traditional MBA programmes, I decided to go with the latter, as they offer better networking opportunities with classmates and alumni. I further wanted a curriculum that offered a concise but complete general business education as well as relevant, transferable and interdisciplinary skills, especially in technology related subjects such as AI, business intelligence and big data.

The HKU MBA was my first choice due to its brand and alumni network, its facilities and HKU Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)’s extensive electives catalogue that allows personalisation of my MBA experience. The programme further stresses collaboration with classmates, communication and critical thinking, skills with increasing relevance in our teamwork-driven workdays.

While my HKU MBA journey continues, are you ready to start yours?

Pakson Chen
  • NamePakson Chen
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2020

Like many others, I don't work in a field that relates to my college major. I am not going to lie; it was not easy, but I made it anyway and it was worth it. I achieved 280% of target in my first year, 425% in the 2nd year and 400% in my third. I have proven myself as one of the best business development managers in my company. I started to ask myself: What's next? I had several discussions with my leaders and mentors. I realised that moving into management levels and leading a team would be the next step for me. 

To better prepare myself, I decided to apply for the part-time MBA programme at HKU. HKU MBA provides a structured, in-depth yet flexible programme. I have gained a lot from the lectures and class discussions as well as the assignments. Soon after the MBA programme started, my dream came true. I was promoted and am now leading a team of 10. Being an individual contributor is totally different from leading a team. I am glad that I could apply what I learnt in class in my new role and it truly helps a lot. 

Furthermore, the students in HKU come from a variety of industries and everyone has a very different background, experiences and points of view. Being able to interact with such a diverse group is definitely another highlight of the programme. It has broadened my horizons in ways that I’d never imagined.

Samantha Pei
  • NameSamantha Pei
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2019

I graduated from The University of British Columbia in Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Since my graduation, I have been developing my career path in Hong Kong’s financial services sector.

As a multi-tasking person who always looks for new challenges with a “never stop exploring and learning” spirit, I decided to pursue Master of Business Administration (MBA) study which has always been on my bucket list. The MBA Programme at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has become one of my most valuable assets.

Whilst I have been specialising in relationship management within the corporate banking industry for a while, the HKU MBA Programme has enabled me to think outside the box; it has broadened my international horizons. In addition, the programme has helped me to develop a growth mindset, strategic management and critical thinking skills, plus an entrepreneurial spirit. It has also equipped me to transform into a better leader with essential competencies for future career advancement and personal growth.

Making use of the resources provided by the HKU MBA Programme, the expertise of inspirational lecturers and the experience shared with classmates, I have gained up-to-date knowledge and skills as well as new insights and exposure. The comprehensive curriculum has led me to identify both challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing business environment.

The flexibility of the HKU MBA Programme has allowed me to balance work, study and personal life well. I have been enjoying a variety of activities including case studies, panel discussions, interactive presentations, integrative exercises, workshops, networking events and last but not least, the memorable international field trip to Europe.

HKU MBA Programme has enhanced my cross-cultural competency. I have expanded both professional and social networks. The programme has connected me to many lecturers and guest speakers who are seasoned and influential market leaders. It has also helped me to build cordial friendships with a group of high calibre individuals who are of different nationalities and professional backgrounds.

As a class representative, I am thankful for the support and guidance which the MBA office, lecturers, classmates and alumni extended to me throughout the programme. I treasure the insights and experiences that we shared together. My two-year part-time MBA journey at HKU was an enjoyable one. It is my honour to be part of HKU MBA community!

Evon Hui
  • NameEvon Hui
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2020

I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto and continued with Master’s studies in Human Biology and Nutritional Science. I have over 16 years of working experience in the pharmaceutical and clinical research industries in various fields including regulatory affairs, clinical research and project and business management.

There has always been a very science and clinical research focus in my studies and career. My role has evolved to become more business focused and I realised the need to gain more business management and finance-related knowledge. I decided to take an MBA with a goal of understanding some fundamental theories and also gain insights into making business decisions.

I have chosen HKU MBA because of the reputation of the HKU. Hong Kong University is ranked consistently the top university in Hong Kong and Asia as a whole and amongst the best in the world (ranked 25th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2020). The MBA programme itself is also very well known and widely respected. Other than the reputation, the programme offers flexibility to choose either weekend or weekday modules. Lastly, most of the courses are offered in a convenient location at Admiralty Centre.

I am really glad that I have chosen the HKU MBA programme. I am able to get acquaintanced with many people from various industries. The group is certainly very dynamic and fun. While the studies and homework are quite intensive, I am certainly enjoying every single bit of it!

Cheryl Yip
  • NameCheryl Yip
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2020

After working for a few years, I decided to join the MBA to broaden my business knowledge and expand my business network for my future career path. This journey has been exciting and fulfilling, from working on multiple projects and presentations with classmates coming from different industries and cultural backgrounds with very diverse skills, to after class socialising activities and networking opportunities. 

 

I also had the opportunity to enter a new career field during my studies, a change which I believe this programme has helped a lot to achieve. I enjoyed the great range of modules to choose from in the curriculum, which we could pick according to our future career goals too. 

This year has greatly broadened my horizon and expanded my professional network and looking back, this has been a really worthwhile experience and a decision that I am glad I have made.

Pakning Luk
  • NamePakning Luk
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2020

After completing my undergraduate studies, I pursued my career in the e -commerce field. I am currently working at UberEats as a sales leader. 

To better prepare myself for more career opportunities ahead, I decided to study for my MBA.  I wish to equip myself with wider knowledge of whole fields of business which I haven’t had a chance to learn at work, such as finance and human resources.

I have definitely learnt some new skills and new perspectives during my study, especially from those very experienced business leaders who are now our professors such as Professor Royce Yuen and Professor Philip Chen. 

One of the things I have found most valuable is networking. I can meet people from different industries and in different roles, exchanging opinions and experiences about work. Some of them became my good friends. We play hard after study and we travel together. Therefore, I highly recommend this programme to you!

Renée Lau
  • NameRenée Lau
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2019

After working in the UK for 7 years, I decided to move back to my home town.  In order to expand my professional network, and at the same time, prepare myself to be a better leader, I chose to enroll in the MBA programme at HKU, which is renowned for its outstanding academic standards.  Since I had completed my bachelor degree overseas, it would be nice to get the master qualification in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.

The programme allowed me to gain an understanding of what is happening in the global business world.  Particularly, I found the case-based learning approach useful as it let us analyse business problems and develop strategic solutions from a senior management’s point of view.

Being a marketing professional, I wanted to round out my skill set and HKU MBA equipped me with practical knowledge in accounting, finance and economics, as well as different aspects of management, leadership and entrepreneurship.  I genuinely enjoyed working and discussing projects with my fellow classmates, who are brilliant minds from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Studying while having a full time job could be challenging, and therefore, time management is also part of the training when taking the MBA courses.  I also very much appreciate the HKU MBA office which keeps organising social and networking events and  informative workshops for students from time to time, so that they can relax and have fun while pursuing their studies.

I highly recommend the HKU MBA programme to professionals who are considering taking the courses in Hong Kong.  You will find the process very rewarding.

Noel Shih
  • NameNoel Shih
  • NationalityHong Kong SAR
  • BatchClass of 2018

After completing my bachelor degree in marketing from Ryerson University, I spent years working in the banking and consumer packaged goods industry in Ontario, Canada. Throughout my career, I have been exposed to a variety of positions from customer service to sales, from front line to back office support. Last summer, I decided to move back to Hong Kong for my career and MBA degree. I am currently working in an account management role at a leading beverage company in Hong Kong and am planning to start my own business in the near future.

HKU MBA programme consistently ranks as one of the top programmes in Asia and is also known for its prestigious professors and students on an international level. By taking the MBA programme at HKU, I am open to many talented and experienced individuals who have the potential to become my future business partners. The MBA office hosts many social and educational events that allow us to get to know our peers and learn from industry’s leaders. I am looking forward to spending another year of my MBA accelerating my progress and maximising my potential to tackle the challenges of today’s dynamic business world.

Terrence Hui
  • NameTerrence Hui
  • NationalityHong Kong
  • BatchClass of 2017

"Making Fun Toys; Making Toys Fun" – Currently I am working as an entrepreneur for my family-owned toy business which designs, produces and distributes toys for international clients all over the world. Our enthusiasm is for delivering happiness to young children.

After receiving a computer science degree from Coventry University in the UK, I started to work as an engineer in Microsoft Hong Kong. To me, this was just the first page of my career because I knew that I would face a lot of challenges in subsequent years. With 2 years of experience in the IT industry, I realized it was time to move one step forward in my career, so I joined my family business as a sales and marketing executive at Yick Shun Toys. Changing to a new industry did not stop me from learning different skills to enrich my profile. I took courses in product design, brand management and LEAN manufacturing.

To be a good entrepreneur, financial literacy will be as important as product development. Therefore, after 12 years of solid work experience in sales & marketing, product development and manufacturing, I decided to take HKU MBA in 2015. This programme is one of the top ranking MBA courses in Asia with strong focuses on finance. This is exactly what I need to drive my business to the next level and I am sure the course will create a synergy for me with my engineering background.

The teaching methodology is both theoretical and practical, with professors and classmates proactively sharing their thoughts on case studies during the classes.  Classmates are coming from a diverse background including IT/telecom, finance, retail, energy, aviation, shipping, publication and manufacturing. You will never find a place where people are having as much fun as we are in the classroom. 

Networking with HKU MBA classmates and family is always one of the best activities after the weekend class. We will share market insights across different industries and also learn how to contribute to the group projects with the best of our knowledge. All the joyful moments will be carried beyond the classroom.

Ultimately, I believe HKU MBA programme and its network will be a life-long asset for me in my career and personal development.

Rebecca Chu
  • NameRebecca Chu
  • NationalityHong Kong
  • BatchClass of 2017

I obtained my undergraduate and post-graduate degree in accounting in the United States. After coming back to Hong Kong, I started my career in Deloitte as an auditor then later moved out to the commercial field as internal auditor and compliance. I have always been a career auditor/finance/accounting person.

My friends sometimes ask me why I would do another master degree or why at HKU and my answer to them is simple and straight forward. HKU MBA provides an all-round business curriculum which includes not only technical courses like Accounting and Finance, but also Leadership, Business Communication, Marketing, Logistics and many more. It also opens my eyes and broadens my thinking especially during the group assignments where you get to hear others’ perspectives and their experiences. Last but not least, this programme helps me to expand my business and personal network to other industries’ sectors. Now in my fifth month and   just starting my journey, I am enjoying it very much and I look forward to the rest of it!

David Oberlander
  • NameDavid Oberlander
  • NationalityU.S.A.
  • BatchClass of 2018

I completed my bachelors in business administration and graduated from the University of Arizona during the height of the 2011 financial crisis. With the looming pessimism in the US job market, I decided to travel abroad and found myself a year later working in Hong Kong’s finance industry. Shortly after, an opportunity presented itself and I decided to take a leap of faith to start my own business in the distribution and integration of American made fire safety and access control systems for commercial buildings. As a result, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many world class manufacturers, architects, system integrators, property developers, engineers, and other professionals from a variety of countries and backgrounds. It has been an enlightening, and also a challenging experience thus far.

To better prepare myself for what lies ahead, I decided to take the initiative on self-improvement and applied for the part-time MBA programme at HKU. Without a doubt, it was clearly one of the best decisions I’ve made. Many concepts learned in class can be immediately applied to practice in the workplace, which motivates me to attend class to digest more knowledge from the esteemed faculty at the HKU MBA programme. In addition, the opportunity to meet students from all walks of life offers a refreshing environment to study in. I look forward to continuing my education at HKU and welcome future prospects from joining our community!