HKU Business School MBA: What You Need To Know
HKU is the oldest and most prestigious university in Hong Kong, having been established in 1911 when the region was still a British colony. The full-time MBA at The University of Hong Kong offers students an intensive one-year MBA program designed with the option of three different tracks in London, New York, and of course, Hong Kong – home to 7.5 million people made up of 263 islands.
The Hong Kong campus is split into three locations. The first is in Cyberport in the south-west, about 20 minutes from the city-center where most of the master’s level classes are held, the next is the main campus in Pokfulam, the central and western district, and the third is downtown in Admiralty.
At HKU, they prepare students to enter a competitive global landscape through real-world experience, learning a deep understanding of international business as well as cultural differences. HKU has a great reputation – this year it was ranked first globally in the latest 2022-2023 Best Global Universities for Education and Educational Research by the U.S. News & World Report.
“After doing my research, I chose the HKU MBA program because of the well-designed curriculum, great faculty, insights to doing business in China and the well-connected alumni network. The University of Hong Kong is a world-class university located in a region which enjoys a strong economy and international competitiveness,” says MBA Sandra Zheng, Class of 2022 on KHU’s class profile list.
This year HKU welcomed a class of 89 students, and although 42% of the class is Chinese, there are also a good number of Japanese, Indian and Canadian students. The cohort represents 21 regions globally. The average age in the program is 30 years old, with around 6.5 years of work experience.
The curriculum contains foundational core courses in the first term to build core skills such as accounting, economics and marketing, functional courses in the second term to sharpen skills such as Finance, Global Economy, Digital Innovation, and Business Ethics, and strategy core courses in the third term, such as Competitive Strategy, Analytics, and the Capstone Project.
Woven within the terms are a series of workshops designed to sharpen MBAs soft skills, in topics like Business Communication & Presentation Skills, Building Your Leadership Presence and Personal Brand, Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills, and High Performing Teams & Collaborations Skills. MBAs also have the opportunity to take a multitude of electives from partner schools LBS, CBS, and Fudan.
Unique to the program is the Entrepreneurial Innovation Lab course, where students have an opportunity to experience the journey of developing a tech startup through all stages from Incubation to Angel Investing. Another unique opportunity is the China Immersion Program, where students learn about the vast diversity of China’s economy as well as the local business practices. This year the program led students through a virtual “walking tour,” whereas last year’s program was in person on Lantau island.
Popular co-curricular opportunities include networking events, conferences, as well as student-led clubs including clubs that explore the beauty of Hong Kong’s – 40% of which is dedicated to national parks. The HKU MBA boasts a graduate employment rate of 90%, with the vast majority of graduates going on to secure a role in Asia.