World-beating Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme celebrates with “Leadership in an Age of Disruption” conference
Business leaders, faculty and programme alumni join forces to mark the 20th birthday of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme
Since it was launched in 1998, the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme has gone from being the first of its kind in Asia to the best of its kind in the world.
Ranked as the global number one EMBA programme in eight out of the past 10 years by the Financial Times, its 20th birthday was celebrated over a long weekend in Hong Kong in early July.
On Saturday, July 7, more than 300 business leaders, faculty and programme alumni gathered for a special “Leadership in an Age of Disruption” conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong.
More than a third of the delegates attending the conference had flown in from around the world, signifying the high esteem in which the programme is held.
During the conference, a number of eminent speakers shared their insightful and entertaining thoughts on the new challenges and opportunities facing today’s generation of leaders.
Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was the guest of honour.
In her address to the conference, Lam pointed out that, despite being a relatively young university, the global recognition HKUST had already achieved was a source of pride to Hongkongers, with the EMBA programme an illustrious success story.
A centrepiece of the event was a topical presentation on “Trump Economics and the US Trade Imbalance”, given by Professor Justin Lin, former chief economist of the World Bank and now director of the Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University.
Afterwards, Lin was joined on stage by Dr Vincent Lo, chairman of Shui On Holdings, and of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and Professor K C Chan, adjunct professor of HKUST Business School, and former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The trio continued to examine the same issue and explore the rationale – if any – behind the looming trade war between the United States and China.
Throughout the day, much was made of the fact that the programme’s prestige was based to a large degree on the high quality of its students, and the success they had gone on to achieve after their graduation.
Five distinguished alumni, who were recognised with awards, also gave presentations to the conference on leadership and new business strategies in a time of accelerating innovation and disruption.