Full-Time MBA: Introduction
HKU MBA is an intensive 14-month Full-time MBA Programme offered with the option of three streams (Clickable):
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and its unique MBA Programme is a major participant in, and contributor to, the business culture of Hong Kong and Mainland China. MBA students today demand an approach that can set them up for success both regionally and across a wider world; a learning experience that bestows upon them a first-class education, real-world experience, and a deep understanding of international business, and cultural differences and nuances. Our Full-time MBA Programme is specifically designed to produce those outcomes. The Asia-Pacific and China focus gives our students a unique advantage to build their career in the region and beyond.
Learn business where the business is
Mainland Chinese come to HKU to look at their country from the outside, and to learn the business methodologies of the West; while overseas students get to experience China and Asia firsthand. Both are able to relate their knowledge to a global playing field.
Diversity is key
Our location in a city with such a rich business and entrepreneurial heritage is an immense advantage for students.
Not surprisingly, Hong Kong has become a magnet for MBA students from all over the world. A significant percentage of our student body is from overseas and the PRC, which, combined with local students, produces an exciting and stimulating mix of backgrounds. Our professors are all distinguished in their fields and come from different countries, creating a truly international experience.
The unique partnerships with world-renowned business schools such as London Business School and Columbia Business School offer our students unmatched opportunities in terms of educational experience and networking. Our existing partnership with Fudan University in China further complements the overall experience.
The Economist ranks HKU MBA No. 1 in Asia for the third consecutive year.
In the latest World MBA Rankings released by The Economist, HKU MBA Programme is again ranked No.1 in Asia for the third consecutive year, the programme is also ranked No. 41 in the world. Although the full-time MBA programme at HKU has a relatively young history, the Faculty of Business and Economics has demonstrated impressive results in world rankings. Since entering The Economist Ranking, HKU MBA is consistently ranked one of the top programmes in the world.
HKU MBA for the first time has entered the Financial Times (FT) rankings of the full-time MBA programmes and is ranked No. 37 in the world. This is great beginning for us given that we are one of the youngest MBA programmes in the region and have managed to grow and build one of the most dynamic programmes in a very short period.
HKU was ranked no.1 in Asia and 23rd in the world in the Quacquareli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2012. HKU was also consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia by Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is fully accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Information System).
EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. Its fundamental objective, linked to the mission of EFMD, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.
EQUIS is not primarily focused on the MBA or any other specific programme. Its scope covers all programmes offered by an institution from the first degree up to the Ph.D.
EQUIS has established its prestige and recognition worldwide. In its first seven years of existence, EQUIS has accredited 82 institutions in 28 countries.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is also accredited by AACSB.
AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is an association of educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in management education. It is also the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.
It is important to note that not all members of AACSB International have achieved accreditation, and only those members that have been found to satisfy the accreditation standards may identify themselves as an “Accredited Member.” Less than 5 of the world’s business schools have achieved this elite distinction.
London Track with London Business School
From 2006, the HKU Full-time MBA in partnership with London Business School, an intensive 14-month programme, has attracted extensive attention. Students are guaranteed to study in London for three to four months after completing the core courses in Hong Kong.
Upon completion of their core courses at The University of Hong Kong, students will be eligible to spend the semester taking up to five elective courses side-by-side with London Business School MBA, EMBA, and Master of Finance students, with access to London Business School’s distinguished student, alumni and corporate networks as they participate in London events, meet illustrious business leaders as part of the School’s famed speaker series, and visit with leading firms located in London City. London Business School will issue a unique certificate for this partnership, an official transcript to the HKU MBA students, and provide a wide range of alumni affiliated services upon successful completion of the programme.
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Sample list of elective courses offered by London Business School in 2011:
New York Track with Columbia Business School
Since 2007, The HKU Faculty of Business and Economics and Columbia Business School have entered into a partnership that will enable a significant number of HKU MBA students, - to study elective courses at Columbia Business School for a full semester. The Columbia Business School partnership represents the completion of a triumvirate of three premier business schools to provide world-class MBA education and networks in Hong Kong, London, and New York - a manifestation of the natural synergy among the three major financial centres of the world.
Upon completion of their core courses at The University of Hong Kong, students will be eligible to spend the semester taking up to five elective courses side-by-side with Columbia MBA and EMBA students, with access to Columbia Business School’s distinguished student, alumni and corporate networks as they participate in Columbia events, meet illustrious business leaders as part of the School’s famed speaker series, and visit with leading firms located in New York City. Columbia Business School will issue a unique certificate for this partnership and an official transcript to the HKU MBA students and provide a wide range of alumni affiliated services upon successful completion of the programme.
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Sample list of elective courses offered by Columbia Business School in 2011:
Hong Kong / China Track
The rapid growth of Asia as the hub for global business has created a tremendous amount of opportunities for individuals hoping to ride the Asian wave. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and its unique MBA Programme is a major participant in, and contributor to, the business culture of the Asia region and hence provides an ideal base for a learning experience that will prepare our students to make the most of the Asian boom.
The China factor
Within the Asia focus there is a strong element of China business. This makes our MBA highly relevant to the region’s dynamic and evolving business environment. China focus is achieved through special courses with China elements, regional case studies, field trips, seminars and conferences, Chinese language training, company visits and part of studies undertaken in Shanghai.
The Hong Kong advantage
Hong Kong’s vibrant economic environment attracts business from all over the globe. Dynamic Hong Kong is an upbeat, ‘can do’ city and its business advantages are legendary: the world’s freest economy and a strategic financial and business centre with low taxes, rule of law, clean government, free flow of information and international lifestyle. All these are on Mainland China’s doorstep – and in the very heart of Asia. Our location in a city with such a rich business and entrepreneurial heritage, and in so dynamic part of the world, is a big advantage for students. Not surprisingly Hong Kong has become a magnet for MBA students from all over the world.
Entire cohort will start the MBA course with four weeks Mandarin and Chinese culture training in Beijing at a top ranked language program in China. They will study core courses in Hong Kong during the fall and winter seasons with other full time students. The concentration in China business will be achieved through the special electives designed for this focus and delivered in Shanghai where China track students have an opportunity to study for approximately three months in the spring season. Our existing partnership with Fudan University, a top ranked University in China, will be leveraged to provide students with the access to Fudan University and to a large pool of HKU IMBA alumni base in China.
Other than classroom learning, students will be exposed to various aspects of the Chinese business through seminars, industry interface, live projects and enrichment workshops.
While in Shanghai, students have the opportunity to take up to five electives at HKU IMBA in partnership with Fudan University. The following courses were offered in 2011.
|Advanced Corporate Finance|
|Advanced Managerial Communication|
|Advanced Power & Negotiation|
|Case Studies in Financial Engineering|
|Game Theory and its Applications in Business|
|International Corporate Tax Planning Strategies|
|Leadership and Corporate Politics|
|Marketing Research and Its Business Application|
|Mergers and Acquisitions|
|Operations Management According to Lean Principles|
|Power and Negotiation|
|Supply Chain Management and Logistics|
The Shanghai Study Centre
The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) of the University of Hong Kong has officially opened its Study Centre in Shanghai, to underpin the Faculty’s commitment to both its growing alumni base and education mission in China.
Located at the historical Post Office Building on Beisuzhou Road, the FBE Shanghai Study Centre provides ample space and state-of-the-art facilities for its alumni to interact and to learn and for the Faculty to promote knowledge transfer in the Mainland.
With its signature IMBA programme jointly organised with long term partner Fudan University alone, FBE has nurtured more than 3,000 graduates. Many of its alumni now hold key positions in the business and public sectors in China including Ji Xiaohui, Chairman of the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, Ms Yu Hongyi, Vice Mayor of Ningbo City, Mr Dai Liu, Chairman of Shanghai World Expo (Group), Mr Jiang Zhiquan, Chairman of Shanghai Construction Group, and Mr. Xu Lejiang, Chairman and Board of Director of Baosteel Group Corporation.
HKU MBA thoroughly adopts an experiential-learning approach with an extensive use of business cases. Business cases train our students to become effective problem-solvers and decision-makers in rapidly changing business settings. These cases are written by our own professors and are published by our prolific Asia Case Research Centre (ACRC). Relatively small class size allows more extensive interaction and collaboration.
China related cases are extensively used to achieve our programme’s China business focus. Within the China Case Series, ACRC recently initiated a set of strategy cases and industry notes on multinational corporations (MNCs) in China. These cases deal with issues and challenges that arise at different phases of business development and identify the strategies employed to succeed in this vast and unique marketplace.
Some of the China focused cases include:
|Anheuser-Busch Versus SABMiller: Bidding War in China’s Beer Industry|
|ASIMCO: Developing Human Capital in China|
|Carrefour China: Maintaining its Past Glory or Drowning in the Sea of Competition?|
|China Automotive Finance: Service Operations Re-design|
|China Plays Heavy Metal: Rare Earth Elements and the US Defence Industry|
|China Sourcing Group: Delivering on Time|
|China’s Challenge to Feed Its People|
|Citibank’s Co-Operative Strategy in China: The Renminbi Debit Card|
|ECG Group: Fraud and Liquidation of a Joint Venture in China|
|Future of China’s Manufacturing: The Woes & Triumphs|
|Haier in India: Building Presence in a Mass Market Beyond China|
|Haier: How to Turn a Chinese Household Name into a Global Brand|
|Interior JV: Teething Problems of a Manufacturing Operation in China|
|Lenovo: Countering the Dell Challenge|
|Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy: Expanding Brand Dominance in Asia|
|Negotiation in China: How Universal?|
|Pepsi Grows Potatoes In China|
|PetroChina: International Corporate Governance with Chinese Characteristics|
|SAP: Establishing a Research Centre in China|
|Shanghai General Motors: the Rise of a Late-Comer|
|Shanghai Interior Automotive Door System: Running a Manufacturing Operation in China|
|Shanghai Volkswagen: Time for A Radical Shift of Gears|
|Shanshan Enterprise: Reform Pioneer of China’s Garment Industry|
|SK-II: Damage Control in China|
|Wal-Mart Stores: ‘Everyday Low Prices’ in China|
|Whirlpool’s Roadmap in China|
|Yahoo: Relationship Crisis with Alibaba in China|
|Zero-Fee Tours: An Irresistible Bargain or a Sinkhole?|
On top of these China cases a number of Asian focused cases will be used to expose our students to the business dynamics of the fastest growing region in the world. Some of the cases include:
|Biocon: From Generics Manufacturing to Biopharmaceutical Innovation|
|Cathay Pacific Airways: Service Straight from the Heart|
|Citibank’s e-Business Strategy for Global Corporate Banking|
|Competition in the Hong Kong Banking Sector: Interest Rate Wars|
|Daewoo and the Korean Chaebol|
|DAKSH and IBM: Business Process Transformation in India - PART 1. The Formative Years|
|EnterpriseAsia.com: Investing in High-technology Businesses in Asia Pacific|
|Ho Chi Minh Securities Corporation: Seeking Competitive Advantage in Vietnam’s Evolving Financial Sector|
|Hong Kong Business Intermediary: The Dynamic of Innovative Entrepreneurship|
|Hong Kong Disneyland(C): The Joint Venture Negotiation|
|Hong Kong Economic Times Group: Diversification and Differentiation|
|Hostile Takeover Battle in Japan: Fuji TV vs Livedoor for NBS|
|ICICI Bank’s Credit Card: Journey to Asian Leadership|
|INTELFRA Ltd.: Pricing Telecom Infrastructure in a Monopolistic Market|
|Mortgage Securitisation in Hong Kong and Asia|
|Nintendo’s Disruptive Strategy: Implications for the Video Game Industry|
|Nireco Co., Japan: Introduction of the Poison Pill|
|People Management Fiasco in Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Ltd|
|PORTS: China’s Walk on the Global Luxury Fashion Boulevard|
|Promoting Healthcare Tourism in India|
|Seiko Watch Corporation: Moving a Brand Upmarket|
|Singapore Telecommunications Limited: The Bid for Cable & Wireless HKT Limited|
|Singapore: Committee on Singapore’s Competitiveness|
|Softbank’s New Strategy: The Largest LBO in Japan|
|The Aquaculture Industry in the Philippines: Creating Social Values at Marina Gana Vida|
|The Asean Free Trade Area(AFTA) and the Malaysian National Car Project|
|The Philippines’ Rising Bioethanol Industry|
|Tokyo Disneyland: Licensing vs. Joint Venture|
|Turning Copper into Gold: Bharti Airtel’s Fixed-line Service in India|