Terence Liang appreciates the opportunities to learn from world-class academics on the master of science in global finance programme, offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University.
The one-year, part-time programme, admitting about 45 students a year, gives students a taste of three major financial centres in the world - Hong Kong, Beijing and New York.
During the five-day residency in Beijing, Liang attended a half-day lecture by Professor Li Daokui, head of Tsinghua University's school of economics and management.
"Professor Li is a top scholar who works with the government. His insights into the mainland economy are enlightening," says Liang, managing director of corporate finance solutions at HSBC Private Bank.
Meeting Professor Edward Altman in New York also impressed Liang. "He is famous for his Z-Score, a standard in predicting corporate bankruptcy and financial distress. It is a rare opportunity to learn from someone like him."
Professor Mark Seasholes, the programme's academic director, says the course has attracted financial professionals, such as accountants, tax specialists, traders, fund managers, bankers and portfolio managers.
Graduates will be awarded a master of science degree jointly by New York University and HKUST, and will become alumni of both universities. Applicants must have a degree from a university, or a recognised institution, and have at least five years of postgraduate work experience. The programme costs US$59,000, excluding the trips to Beijing and New York.