Education Post Archive

Presented by

SCMP Education

Top Mooncake Picks for Mid-Autumn Season

September 15 is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and you know what that means: Mooncake orders start NOW. Here are our favorites of these autumnal delicacies, from traditional treats to new-wave inventions.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 5:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 January, 2014, 10:41am

Designed to reflect the latest developments in the global finance sector, City University's (CityU) taught postgraduate programmes in accounting and finance enjoy strong demand.

Professor Matthew Lee, associate dean of research, postgraduate and executive education at CityU's college of business, says the programmes are sought after by individuals pursuing career advancement in the thriving professional service sector.

He attributes their popularity partly to the school's positioning as a globalised institution with international accreditations and up-to-minute content.

It is the first business school in Hong Kong with accreditations from three leading agencies: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the European Quality Improvement System and the Association of MBAs.

"This is a main attraction for professionals. For instance, if executives working for multinational corporations are posted abroad, their qualifications earned through our taught postgraduate programmes are recognised for further advanced education," Lee says.

The average annual enrolment for full-time and part-time postgraduate business and management programmes is close to 2,000 students.

Popular programmes include the master of science in finance (MScF) and master of science in professional accounting and corporate governance (MScPACG). Most MScF students work in the finance sector.

"Because the sector covers a broad range of specialised areas, such as banking, insurance and funds, many finance professionals have first degrees in varied disciplines," Lee says.

"After they have accumulated several years of practical working experience in the field, many seek an opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills through a programme that helps them build a solid foundation.

"Even those who graduated with finance degrees need to equip themselves with updated knowledge and skills because the finance sector changes very quickly. The MScF programme was designed to help them accelerate career progression."

The MScF programme has a module on strategies to deal with the growing number of mainland companies seeking initial public offerings in Hong Kong. Contents are constantly updated to include changes such as new regulatory structures. Industry practitioners host seminars to discuss issues including the latest trends in corporate governance and the impact of changes in listing rules.

Leveraging on the school's reputation as the "global business school in China for the world", the MScPACG programme combines strong coverage of the latest local developments with the best practices overseas.

Lee says: "This programme was tailored for professionals working in related areas, but with first degrees in other disciplines. Many want to develop a career in professional accounting by qualifying as certified accountants. The programme is in close collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants [HKICPA]. Graduates are exempt from many of the institute's CPA exams."

The programme has integrated teaching on corporate governance because many financial comptrollers and chief accountants are involved in corporate governance. "Many accountants of accounting firms are appointed as non-executive independent directors of listed companies who are responsible for corporate governance," Lee says.

The MScPACG is updated every year to reflect the changes in CPA exams.
Lee says demand for places in the doctor of business administration (DBA) programme far outstrips supply. The research-focused programme requires students to engage in research topics closely related to the strategic and practical implications of their field.

DBA students are typically CEOs or equivalent, have an average of 20 years of working experience and have one or more postgraduate degrees.