Doctor of Business Administration HKBU The management skills required by the business world are forever changing. Benny Tse, executive vice-president of BWC Capital Markets, responded to the need to upgrade his skills by enrolling in the Hong Kong Baptist University's (HKBU) doctor of business administration (DBA) programme. 'Hong Kong is a knowledge-based society. I had to think of my competitiveness versus younger, more qualified people,' says Tse. Dr Wu Wei-ping, associate programme director, says the course focuses on strategic creativity and how to lead change. 'DBA candidates are expected to meet the demands of today's business world,' he says. The programme offers research mentorship, associate research fellowship with the Chinese Business Case Centre and a workshop series by the Peter Drucker Academy. 'The research mentorship is designed to help students develop their research proposal in the first year. Highly qualified faculty members provide teaching and individual supervision, and visiting faculty bring their expertise to the programme,' says Wu. 'The discussions offer valuable insights. Also, the DBA class sizes [of 10 students] are small,' says Tse. Applicants should have an MBA or a master's degree in a business-related subject and have at least 10 years of managerial or professional experience. Classes usually take place on Saturdays and Sundays. The time limit to complete the course is six years.