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#159 What’s Up with the HKU MBA?

“We are investing more in making sure our students have opportunities in places like Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing and across the Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou Province). That’s one area we are concentrating a lot on. We do believe that the Greater Bay Area is the future… Capital is available, the infrastructure is there, so what is needed? People! That’s what we believe our school is grooming our leaders towards, and a lot of our students look at this as a great opportunity.”

Sachin Tipnis, Senior Executive Director of HKU’s MBA, EMBA & 6 specialized Masters programs discusses the Hong Kong protests, curriculum changes, admissions, and picking the right Masters program for your career goals.

  • The Hong Kong Protests – How Has this Affected Students? (2:45)
  • Curriculum, Admissions and Career Services Updates with the HKU MBA (17:30)
  • Full-time MBA vs. Specialized Masters vs. EMBA – Which Should You Choose (45:15)

HKU MBA Highlights (last updated Jan 2020)

  • 12-months, Fall intake, 55-60 students/year
  • Typical Class: 5-6 years work exp / ~15 nationalities / 640 GMAT
  • Has 3 tracks: the London track, the New York track, and the Hong Kong/China track. After finishing 9 months of core courses at HKU, students can study at Columbia University in New York, London Business School in London, or Fudan University in Shanghai for one semester
  • HKU has 2 rounds of interviews. The first is similar to a job interview; those that pass the first round may be required to give a presentation in the second round
  • Graduates get a 1-year visa to stay in Hong Kong and find a job post-graduation
  • Placement, Class of 2018: 83% w/job offers w/in 3 months, $82,551 USD avg post MBA salary (Economist MBA Ranking 2019)
  • Top Destinations, Class of 2017 & 2018: 47% Hong Kong / 21% Other Regions of Asia / 13% Mainland China / 9% Americas / 7% India / 3% Europe
  • Top Industries, Class of 2018: 36% Financial Services, Insurance / 12% Consumer Goods, Retail / 6% IT, Telecommunications
  • Top Functions, Class of 2017 & 2018: 29% Finance, Audit, Accounting / 27% Consulting, Strategy / 21% Marketing, Branding, Business Development / 10% General Management
  • Ranked #1 Asian Business School by Economist for 9 straight years

About Our Guest

Sachin Tipnis is the Senior Executive Director of MBA, EMBA Global Asia (joint Executive MBA Degree with Columbia and London Business School), and six specialized Master Programmes at the University of Hong Kong. Sachin was part of HKU’s first graduating MBA class and has worked for over a decade developing the HKU MBA. Sachin worked in branding and marketing communications for 7 years before working in higher education.

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