Sometimes one's job does not exactly fit one's academic training. Take Amos Yung Hing-wah. In 1998, after finishing his bachelor of social science degree in East Asian studies - which covered sociology, economics and public administration - he found a job with a Hong Kong company that outsources houseware and designer items in the mainland for European customers.
Fourteen years later, eager to expand his horizons, Yung, now a director of corporate development, has enrolled in a part-time MBA programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The decision seemed right, as Yung ended up on the dean's honour list in the first year of his MBA studies. Expecting to graduate this year, he is ready for new challenges and changes.
Why did you opt for an MBA?
When I was promoted to my current position in the company, I discovered that further studies in business administration, and learning the skills to form strategies in the rapidly changing business environment, are essential. MBA programmes provide rich resources in business cases and strategic insights that can broaden my perspective on business strategies and enrich my skills in systematic analysis and entrepreneurship.
Why did you choose HKU?
Most students take up an MBA to acquire practical knowledge and extend their personal and professional network. HKU has a heritage of 100 years and boasts a strong alumni network and reputation in both the academic and business communities, which can be a major asset in extending one's network.
The high reputation of its faculty was also a factor in my choice. HKU has been the training ground for many economists and members of the business elite. Also, its top students are now leaders in different professions worldwide.
Besides the strong position of HKU and its Faculty of Business and Economics, the partnerships the HKU MBA has with the London Business School and the Columbia Business School are also important to me.
How do you see yourself five years down the road?
That's a tough question. The world is changing so fast that no one can even foresee what will happen in the next few months. Frankly, I am ready to face challenges and changes. I may pursue a PhD and take the chance to become a part-time lecturer at the university.