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A modular, Asian-focused course
Wong Yat-hei
update on Friday, November 4, 2011
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Master of Business Administration
The University of Hong Kong

For those who work, finding the time to better oneself can be hard. Well aware of this, the University of Hong Kong offers an MBA in modular form. 

"Each module lasts about five weeks, which offers tremendous benefits as students may have intensive work commitments in a particular period and can choose to [opt out from any module]," says Sachin Tipnis, the programme's executive director. 

The MBA is designed to capitalise on Asia's dynamism. "As the Asian economy continues to grow, it is vital that business leaders from the region are exposed to cutting-edge business education tailor-made for achieving success in [Asia]," says Tipnis.

It adopts an experiential approach, with a focus on China and the rest of Asia. "The assignments are based on business proposal writing and there are plenty of presentations to relate [the teaching] to real life. There are also case studies and group discussions," says Tipnis.

The programme features a series of enrichment workshops given by top business executives, and trips that lend insight into the operations of corporations abroad. "There will be a 10-day European field trip, which includes visits to universities and to companies and institutions such as the European Union Parliament and Coutts," says Tipnis. 

Generally, students (below) have at least 12 years' work experience and are in middle to top management. "Many of our students are in [finance]. There are also lawyers and doctors preparing themselves for management roles. The course teaches soft skills such as methods of communication and leadership training."

There is a weekday-evening study mode at the university's campus in Admiralty. Students can also opt for the weekend mode, with full-day lectures on Saturdays. The course can be finished within two to four years. 

Applicants should have a recognised bachelor's degree, a satisfactory GMAT score and at least three years' work experience. The programme is accredited by the European Quality Information System and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. 

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