The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong100 Cyberport Road
Room 104, Block B, Cyberport 4
Despite being one of the region’s youngest programs, the University of Hong Kong’s full-time MBA has already made a name for itself. By blending an Asia-focused curriculum with Western methodologies and international study opportunities at three leading business schools, the school continues to climb MBA rankings. The program topped The Economist’s ranking of MBA programs in Asia for fifth consecutive years and came in at No. 27 in the worldwide listing. The Financial Times ranked it 29th in the publication’s survey of full-time MBA programs.
Tuition fee: HKD 492,000
The 14-month curriculum allows students to select one of three tracks: London, New York or Hong Kong. All students spend their first month in Beijing for the China Immersion Program, which encompasses orientation and MBA 101 preparation. Students spend the next nine months in Hong Kong covering the Asia-focused core curriculum and enroll in four to five electives. Core courses range from Corporate Finance to Global Economy, while elective options include Business and Economics of G-20 and Asia and Legal Environment in Asia.
MBAs complete the program at London Business School/Columbia Business School/Fudan University or remain in Hong Kong, depending on the track they have chosen. All together students complete 11 core courses and 9 to 10 electives. HKU emphasizes an experiential-learning approach that pulls from business cases written by faculty and published by the university’s own Asia Case Research Center.
Students with an entrepreneurial bent can take advantage of the Business Lab elective, which offers MBAs an opportunity to incubate business concepts and hear from entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts.
Poets&Quants (2013): 23 (non-U.S.)
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
Forbes (2013): NR
Financial Times (2014): 29 (global), 13 (non-U.S.)
The Economist (2013): 24 (global), 9 (non-U.S.)
Total Tuition & Fees: $63,500 (HKD492,000)
Average GMAT: 664
Full-Time MBA Intake: 60
Mean Age: 28.7
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 95%
Where the Class of 2012 Went to Work:
Country of Employment:
Hong Kong: 52%
Information Technology: 13%
From the University of Hong Kong:
The full-time HKU MBA is an intensive 14-month program with three tracks: the London track, New York track and Hong Kong/China track.
The University of Hong Kong and its prestigious MBA program is a major participant in, and contributor to, the business culture of Hong Kong and mainland China. Today’s MBA students demand an approach that sets them up for success both regionally and internationally and provides them with a learning experience that bestows upon them a first-class education, real-world experience, and a deep understanding of international business and the cultural differences and nuances therein. HKU’s full-time MBA program is specifically designed to produce these outcomes. Our Asia-Pacific and China focus gives our students a unique advantage in building their careers in the region and beyond.
- Learn business where business is
The rapid ascent of Asia as the focal point for global business has created tremendous opportunities for individuals hoping to ride the Asian economic wave. While other parts of the world may remain apprehensive about their economic futures, Asia has become a market leader of confidence and prosperity.
The mainland Chinese come to HKU to look at their country from the outside and to learn the business methodologies of the West, whilst overseas students come to experience China and Asia firsthand. Both leave with the ability to relate their knowledge to the global playing field.
- Diversity is key
Our location in a city with such a rich business and entrepreneurial heritage constitutes an immense advantage for students.
Not surprisingly, Hong Kong has become a magnet for MBA students from all over the world. A significant percentage of our student body comes from overseas and mainland China, which produces an exciting and stimulating mix of backgrounds. All of our professors are distinguished in their fields and come from all over the world, creating a truly international experience.
Our partnerships with such world-renowned business schools as London Business School and Columbia Business School offer our students unparalleled educational, experiential and networking opportunities. Our partnership with Fudan University in Shanghai nicely complements those opportunities.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is fully accredited by the European Quality Information System (EQUIS).
EQUIS is the leading international quality assessment, improvement and accreditation system for higher education institutions in management and business administration. Its fundamental objective, which is linked with the mission of the European Foundation for Management Development, is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.
Rather than focus on MBA or any other specific programs, EQUIS is broad in scope, covering all programs offered by a given institution, from first degree to PhD. Recognised worldwide, EQUIS has accredited 82 institutions in 28 countries in its first seven years of existence.
The Faculty of Business and Economics is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, an association of educational institutions, businesses and other organisations devoted to the advancement of higher education in management. It is also the premier accrediting agency for collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.
It is important to note that not all members of AACSB International have achieved accreditation. Only those that have been found to satisfy its accreditation standards are permitted to identify themselves as Accredited Members, a distinction that fewer than five of the world’s business schools have achieved.
London Track with London Business School
Since its establishment in 2006, the London track of the HKU full-time MBA program, an intensive 14-month program operated in partnership with London Business School (LBS), has attracted universal praise. Students are guaranteed a place to study in London for three to four months after completing all core courses in Hong Kong.
Upon completion of the core courses, students opting for the London track spend a full semester taking up to five elective courses side-by-side with students enrolled in London Business School’s MBA, EMBA and Master of Finance programs. They thus have access to the school’s distinguished student, alumni and corporate networks as they participate in London-based events, meet illustrious business leaders as part of the school’s famed speaker series and visit leading firms in the city. London Business School issues HKU MBA students with a certificate and official transcript and provides them with a wide range of alumni-affiliated services upon successful completion of the program.
Please visit here for more detailed descriptions of the courses offered by the London Business School MBA program.
New York Track with Columbia Business School
The HKU Faculty of Business and Economics and Columbia Business School (CBS) entered into a partnership in 2007 that allows a significant number of HKU MBA students to take a range of elective courses at CBS for a full semester. This partnership represents the culmination of a triumvirate of premier business schools working together to provide a world-class MBA education and create alumni networks in Hong Kong, London and New York – a manifestation of the natural synergy among the world’s three major financial centers.
Upon completion of the core courses at HKU, students opting for the New York track spend a semester taking up to five elective courses side-by-side with Columbia MBA and EMBA students, giving them access to Columbia Business School’s distinguished student, alumni and corporate networks as they participate in Columbia events, meet illustrious business leaders as part of the school’s famed speaker series and visit leading firms in New York City. Columbia Business School issues HKU MBA students with a certificate and an official transcript and provides them with a wide range of alumni-affiliated services upon successful completion of the program.
Please visit here for a more detailed description of the courses offered by the Columbia Business School MBA program.
Hong Kong/China Track
Students who prefer studying in Hong Kong take all of their courses at HKU, many of them alongside our part-time MBA students, most of whom are employed at the middle/senior management level in regional companies. Working together with such experienced individuals gives full-time students a greater insight into the region and helps them to connect with potential employers.
Alternatively, students on the Hong Kong/China track have the option to take China-focused electives at Fudan University for approximately three months in the spring. Our partnership with Fudan University, a top-ranked university in China, provides students with access to all of the university’s facilities and to the large pool of HKU IMBA alumni in China. In addition to classroom learning, students are exposed to various aspects of the Chinese business world through seminars, industry interfaces, real-world projects and enrichment workshops.
The HKU MBA’s dual focus on Asia and China business renders the program highly relevant to the wider region’s dynamic, ever-evolving business environment. The China focus is achieved through special courses with China elements, regional case studies, field trips, seminars and conferences, Chinese language training, company visits and the aforementioned Shanghai-based studies.
Teaching Methodology – Case Based Approach
The HKU MBA program adopts an experiential-learning approach, with the extensive use of business cases that enable students to become effective problem solvers and decision-makers in today’s rapidly changing business settings. These cases are written by our own professors and are published by our renowned ACRC. The program’s relatively small class sizes allow for extensive interaction and collaboration.