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Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School
Location: Room 1501, 15/F Cheng Yu Tung Building, No. 12 Chak Cheung Street Shatin, N.T. Hong Kong,
Admissions Office: (852) 3943 7775
If you’re keenly interested in a deep dive on business in Asia then the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Business School should be in your consideration set. It’s latest entering class of MBA students hail from 22 different countries, ranging from Belgium to the U.S. Students have worked for an impressive roster of companies, including Accenture, Citibank, Dell, Ernst & Young, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Sony, and Walmart. And they’ve done their undergraduate work at places such as Boston University, the University of Southern California and the University of Rome.
This is a two-year MBA program, which boasts a Financial Times 2012 global MBA ranking of 28th place. Classes are taught in English, though there are some electives offered in Chinese. Owing to its early start in the MBA game (CUHK became the first school in China to offer a full-time MBA program in 1966), the school has a strong alumni network, especially in Hong Kong.
The average student here is 28, with five years of working experience, and an average GMAT score of 625, though the highest GMAT for a recent admit is 770. Women are well represented at CUHK, accounting for 41% of the latest entering class.
CUHK offers a pretty mainstream MBA format, with the core curriculum concentrated in the first year of study and electives in the second. Students can major in one of four areas: Business in China, Entrepreneurship, Finance or Marketing. Each calendar year is divided into three regular terms and a summer term. To graduate, full-time candidates are required to complete 54 units.
It takes 16 months of full-time study to complete the program, though the school allows students to opt out of a summer internship or an exchange program and get the MBA degree in just 12 months. CUHK also offers an interesting array of dual-degree programs that allow you to get two MBAs, one from CUHK and another from one of three prominent schools, HEC Paris, Rotterdam, or the University of Texas at Austin.
Princeton Review’s surveys of the MBA students at the school says it is known for its friendly students, good social scene, good peer network and smart classrooms.
Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines:
Round One — Nov. 30, 2012
Round Two — Jan. 15, 2013
Round Three — March 15, 2013
Latest Up-To-Date Rankings:
Poets&Quants (2012) — 35 (Non-U.S.)
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
Forbes (2011) NR
Financial Times (2012): 28 (Global), 15 (Non-U.S.)
The Economist (2012): 94 (global), 49 (Non-U.S.)
Rankings Analysis: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School came in at a rank of 35 on the 2012 Poets&Quants’ list of the best 50 non-U.S. MBA programs in the world. It did so on the strength of recognition from The Financial Times and The Economist. In 2012, the FT rated the school’s MBA program 28th best in the world and 15th best outside the U.S. The Economist this year ranked CUHK 94th in the world and 49th best among non-U.S. schools.
Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School: Leaders with a Global Mindset
With the longest running MBA program in Asia, The Business School at CUHK equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to successfully meet the challenges posed by today’s increasingly dynamic international business environment. One of the first 2 colleges in Asia to be accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), it continues to be a leader in preparing students for the global arena.
Reflecting the growing importance of China in the world economy and the far-reaching role played by corporate social responsibility, CUHK MBA emphasizes both of these factors in its programs while it nurtures a new generation of business leaders with solid knowledge of Asian markets. The school offers a Full-Time, Part-Time, and Executive MBA, as well as a dual-degree program and several programs at partner universities so that students can choose the one that best fits their diverse needs and interests.
Regardless of the program they choose, CUHK MBA students receive a world-class business education and valuable research opportunities with an Asian emphasis. Core courses are conducted in English while a number of electives are conducted in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).
Our full-time MBA graduates this year have achieved remarkable success in moving on to their first stop after MBA. 97% of those who were actively seeking for career opportunities have started a new page up-to-date; and out of those 90% have already received offers by their graduation. Moreover, almost all these graduates have experienced an increase in their post-MBA salary, with some of them achieving close to 300% increase. 75% have successfully transformed their career path with regard to function, location, or industry.