MBA Education

MBA is not a magic wand

MBA is not a magic wand

When choosing to take an MBA, an important factor to consider is where you want the qualification to lead in career terms.

Thursday, 3 July, 2014, 5:29pm

A foot in the door

Shuhei Aoki hopes his HKU MBA will help him build a network to crack the city’s financial services industry. Photo: Paul Wong

Shuhei Aoki’s dream of working in Hong Kong banking saw him quit his financial services job in Japan to take up an MBA at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). A law graduate from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, Aoki worked as an assistant in a law firm for two years before his interest shifted to finance and he spent six years in financial services.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:28pm

For global managers with a European flair

For global managers with a European flair

The MBA programme at the IESE Business School – the graduate business school of Spain’s University of Navarra – is focused on general management at the apex of business organisations.

IESE MBA admissions director Itziar de Ros says students are challenged to analyse business issues rigorously to find solutions and make crucial decisions.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:26pm

Business schools must rethink their missions

Dr Jordi Canals is dean of the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Spain. He has published several books and dozens of papers on strategy, corporate governance and banking Photo: IESE

Are business schools still relevant in the 21st century?

Management was one the great inventions of the 20th century, and business schools are the foundations of management. Leadership, similarly, can be learned in a systematic way. There is compelling evidence of the positive effects that business schools have had on graduates, companies and societies.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:24pm

Adding sparkle

Adding sparkle

Hong Kong’s economy relies heavily on international business. To prepare local students with relevant knowledge of the global economy, the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) offers a Master of Arts in Global Business Management degree, which specialises in providing a solid grounding in global business management and multinational strategies.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:24pm

International minds need cultural insights

International minds need cultural insights

Hong Kong’s economy relies heavily on international business. To prepare local students with relevant knowledge of the global economy, the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) offers a Master of Arts in Global Business Management degree, which specialises in providing a solid grounding in global business management and multinational strategies.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:22pm

HK universities are in a league of their own

Linda Yeung is the Post’s education editor, a veteran journalist who studied in Hong Kong and abroad.

Hong Kong’s enviable position in business education was once again confirmed in the latest Financial Times global MBA rankings.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:21pm

East beats West

East beats West

With Europe in the doldrums, Martin Hermanowski chose Asia and HKU for his MBA

The Student

3 Jul 2014 - 5:20pm

‘Manchester Method’ for corporate titans

Manchester Business School (MBS) Global MBA student Lisa O’Connor likes the programme’s flexibility and active alumni network.  Photo: KY Cheng

The part-time Global MBA programme offered by the Manchester Business School (MBS) is a general management MBA designed to empower and train talented executives to run the world’s biggest companies.

“We want to give everyone the opportunity to transform their lives, organisations and communities,” says associate MBA director Xavier Duran.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:18pm

Stanford price hike is the exception, not rule

Stanford price hike is the exception, not rule

Stanford University has set a world record for the most expensive MBA programme in the world. Its cost of US$185,054, a 10.9 per cent increase from two years ago, prices it above other top-tier institutions such as Harvard and Columbia.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:16pm

Dogged desire: Laurie Hippman on why he chose HKU for his MBA

Laurie Hippman says that studying without a regular income creates a number of financial challenges. Photo: May Tse

Veterinarian Laurie Hippman is determined to use his HKU MBA to go from order-taker to leader of the pack

3 Jul 2014 - 5:15pm

Gaining an edge with mainland management

Programme director Xu Yan aims for a global view. Photo: Dickson Lee

A “China Focus, World Vision” is at the centre of the Executive MBA (EMBA) for Chinese Executives programme, offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which targets Chinese-speaking executives and entrepreneurs in Asia and Greater China.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:11pm

Qualification no use if real skills are lacking

Qualification no use if real skills are lacking

At this time of year, many people ponder their next career move. For enrollees on MBA courses, career advancement is naturally a key motivation. Not all MBA qualifications are marketable, however. One recent report states that only a small fraction of India’s management graduates are “employable” and possess the basic skills necessary to work in sectors such as marketing or finance.

3 Jul 2014 - 5:09pm

Moving up the ranks

The benefits of an MBA far outweigh the sacrifices that need to be made, says Andy Chen. Photo: HKUST

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and American culture from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2001, Andy Chen worked in resources management at Walmart China and B&Q China before joining Shirble Department Store Holdings (China), Limited, where he is currently vice-president and chief people officer.

30 Jun 2014 - 5:18pm

Asia business schools must adapt to change

Sachin Tipnis

As the global economy continues to move sluggishly forwards, Asian markets remain some of the world’s most attractive. This is a trend that is also evident for business schools in the region, which are now a leading choice for MBA aspirants from all over the world.

30 Jun 2014 - 5:14pm