Dr Humphrey Hung, senior lecturer and MBA programme administrator at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, says everyone can benefit from training in areas such as time management, communication and interpersonal skills, to be more effective at work. 'A good management programme provides students with relevant knowledge and skills, such as finance, accounting and organisational behaviour, that cannot be adequately and systematically learned on the job. 'But an MBA graduate gets more than just some management skills and knowledge. A reputable MBA selects the best group of students so that participants can share views, experience and knowledge among themselves, and can thus provide graduates a good network of alumni that will become their valuable long-term asset. 'An MBA has become a prerequisite for many of the world's desirable jobs. For most ambitious young business executives and professionals, it is no longer a question of whether to get an MBA, but which programme will be best for them.' There are many MBA options offered by local and overseas universities in Hong Kong. Peta Tomlinson highlights some of the programmes available.