Executives looking to excel in a fast-changing world should consider taking the professional diploma in business management offered by the Open University of Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education.
The two-stage programme is designed to give a comprehensive overview of how a company works and includes a professional certificate in business management plus more advances modules.
“Students will learn about accounting and financial management, China business, and change management,” says programme coordinator Tony Mak Chung-lin. “They will also cover areas like commercial law, communication skills, information technology, quality management, strategic marketing, and supply chain management.”
Most teaching is via classroom lectures, but students also attend 18 hours of seminars conducted by experienced business leaders. This helps in identifying various management issues now affecting organisations in Hong Kong and mainland China.
“We take a practical approach towards educating students,” Mak says. “They learn how to apply that knowledge to daily work situations.”
Run in collaboration with ET Business College of Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET) Group, the programme is intended for executives in both the commercial and public sectors.
“It is particularly useful for people who have not received systematic training in key business and management skills since they left school,” says Mak.
Applicants should have diploma, higher diploma or associate degree qualification from a recognised tertiary institution. Mature candidates, aged 21 or above, who have at least three years’ relevant working experience are also welcome to apply.
The programme takes around 18 months to complete, and each module includes assignments or projects used for continuous assessment. To obtain the qualification, students must achieve an overall pass in each course.