Programmes are tailor-made for talented business executives THE HONG KONG Management Association (HKMA) hopes to launch two new postgraduate courses later this year, subject to Hong Kong's accreditation authority. The postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), a partner of HKMA will target Hong Kong business executives. Professor Peter Steane, director of international programmes for MGSM, said the programmes were being introduced to meet the needs of an increasingly competitive environment where organisations were seeking high levels of performance from their managers. He said the programmes aimed to provide Hong Kong managers with an opportunity to develop their skills and consolidate their work experience with formal education. Both programmes target management professionals from generalist and specialist perspectives. 'MGSM targets managers with substantial relevant work experience to ensure that throughout their programme, students are able to learn from the collective knowledge, perspectives and experience of their peers.' The diploma consists of six course units across a range of management fields, taught at the same level as the MBA and Masters programmes. It is designed for those looking to advance their career in a specific field. The certificate provides a practical grounding in fundamental management skills and acts as a foundation to progress to diploma or Master level programmes at MGSM. Programmes offered by MGSM are designed to lead to higher qualifications, including the MBA. All programmes provide students with a grounding in accounting for management, human resource management and marketing management. In addition, core and elective units will make up certain programmes to provide a more thorough understanding of specific topics. Multiple entry and graduation points allow the opportunity to progress from one programme to another. 'This building-block approach allows students to tailor their study to match their individual needs, effectively breaking down the programmes into manageable components and providing a range of options from the postgraduate certificate to the MBA,' said Professor Steane. Students can commence study at an entry point that suits their needs. Those with a prior degree and three to five years' professional or managerial experience are eligible to enrol in postgraduate certificate, diploma and MBA programmes. Students without an undergraduate degree but a minimum of five years' relevant work experience may apply for the certificate or diploma programmes. The certificate costs $35,700; the diploma $71,400; the Master of Management $119,000; and the MBA $190,400.