James Payne of TNT Asia-Pacific in Singapore is attracted by the curriculum of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme, which is built on the development of business strategies and their implementation. 'The programme covers the full spectrum of business strategies, from the development stage, including forecasting and market analysis, to the implementation of the strategies in the field,' says Payne, who is the director of business solutions and commercial, global account management at TNT Asia-Pacific. He is responsible for developing supply chain solutions for the company's top 120 customers which have multinational operations. Payne advanced to the director position in January last year after spending 10 years at the company's branches in Britain. He earned his bachelor's degree in commerce in Australia and worked in the finance sector in Britain for two years. He is particularly interested in courses with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region, such as the courses on contemporary issues in Chinese politics and business strategies in Asia-Pacific. As much as the students are getting a global exposure from the programme, because its curriculum is based on American or global business principles, almost all students have a very heavy focus on Asia-Pacific and the mainland on their work. 'Other programmes in other cities may not be as focused on the Asia-Pacific as this one,' he says. The location where he studies for an EMBA is not one of his selection criteria, Payne says. It is the people and the curriculum that count. 'When I compared this programme with other EMBA programmes around the world, I was impressed with the diversity of the students on the course. This programme has one the most diverse classes in terms of cultures, backgrounds and industries,' he says. An EMBA programme is part of a life experience. 'I really hope to experience the diverse learning opportunities from my classmates and the faculty. Each graduate of the programme I have spoken to has changed as a person and has developed ways to approach challenges,' he says.