Senior government officials and company chief executives will be paired up with MBA students at Chinese University of Hong Kong under a new mentorship programme. The programme will provide 32 mentors, including the Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service Rebecca Lai Ko Wing-yee, Assistant Commissioner of Insurance Ros Lam Ka-tai, and executive or managing directors from listed companies including the Bank of East Asia, Sun Hung Kai Properties and Merrill Lynch's Debt Markets Group (Asia Pacific). They would provide mentorship to all of the 55 MBA students admitted this year. The CUHK mentorship programme has been running for five years, but the new elitist scheme would provide students with top mentors, said Armstrong Lee Hon-cheung, chairman of the mentorship programme committee and managing director of Worldwide Human Capital Consulting. 'CUHK MBA has the strongest alumni database of its kind in Hong Kong because we started the MBA programme in 1966, nearly 20 years ahead of University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,' said Mr Lee, who has been a mentor for the MBA programme before. 'It takes time to climb to top positions, and we have the largest number of alumni in key positions either in business or government because of our history. We should use our network to the full and provide students with the best mentors.' Mr Lee said he hoped the elitist mentorship programme would continue to encompass new cohorts of MBA students because there were still many star alumni who were potential mentors. 'A mentorship programme is a crucial complement to classroom teaching because it provides students with real-life experience and wisdom. Alumni will make better mentors because they are familiar with the MBA course, and the school bonding makes it easier to build up friendship,' he said. The median monthly salary for this year's graduates from the Faculty of Business Administration of CUHK is $9,600 compared with $11,000 last year, a survey shows.