MBA HKMA/University of Wales In the competitive business world, successful managers need to be well-educated in order to respond to the ever-evolving business environment. The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) has joined forces with Britain's University of Wales to offer an MBA programme helping managers strive for further career development. 'The award is mapped against identical standards, content and levels as the MBA home course offered in Wales. Students in Hong Kong therefore save time and money by studying at home,' says Stephen Griffiths, MBA programme director, Hong Kong programmes, University of Wales. The MBA comprises modules focusing on a variety of topics including general management, marketing, finance, human resources management and entrepreneurship. 'The degree that students will earn is a well-deserved recognition of one's achievements and a proof of solid return on investment in the future. I trust that our prospective students will find the experience of learning very satisfying. We have students ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s. I would say that it is never too late or too early to start an MBA,' says Griffiths. The programme's approach is practical. 'Contextualised content and a variety of assignments and case studies are used to tailor for local executives to facilitate learning into real-life applications. We offer regular face-to-face weekend lectures,' says Griffiths. The programme suits busy executives who are aiming for stronger positions in life and the business world but find it impossible to study full-time. Graduation requires completion of eight taught modules and a dissertation. There are no exams. Instead, students are assessed on written assignments and case studies. The programme can be completed in 21 to 24 months. The eight taught modules can be completed in 15 months and the dissertation can be finished in six to nine months. Lectures and tutorial sessions are usually scheduled for weekends, to minimise the impact on students' work schedule. There are two intakes every year - in March and in September. Applicants should be university graduates, or possess post-secondary or professional qualifications, and have at least three years of management experience. Edmund Wong, a group financial controller of a private company, says: 'It is a well-known school and I hope to sharpen my business sense. I also hope to learn more about decision making in business.'