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Market-paced MBA course

Published on
Friday, December 16, 2011
Written by
Wong Yat-hei [1]

Master of Business Administration
Hong Kong Baptist University

The business world is ever-changing, and so too is the curriculum of the MBA offered by HKBU’s School of Business. Introduced in 1994, it is one of the oldest MBA programmes in Hong Kong, and it has closely followed market trends.

The associate programme director, Dr Billy Mak, says the course is aimed at executives, and the electives are subject to changes in the market and demand from employers.

“In recent years, two courses – corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) –  have been introduced,” says Mak.  “On the CSR course, we link up students with social enterprises and ask  them to advise [these ventures] on how to run the businesses sustainably – a win-win situation for the social enterprise and the students.”

The programme takes a practical teaching approach, by putting students – whenever possible – in tough real-life situations faced in the business world.

“We help students develop business management and problem-solving skills, two major requirements for executives. There will be overseas  field trips and  case studies,” says Mak, adding that in 2010, students visited Taiwan and Xian on the mainland.

Students are required to investigate the business environment and operations of Chinese companies. They are also assigned to a “client company” on the mainland, for which they perform a consultancy-type of project, such as providing business solutions for department stores, the manufacturing sector, the foreign trade industry and service industry players, such as hotels.

To cultivate teamwork, all first-year students are required to participate in an Outward Bound orienteering course. “During the orientation, students are required to participate in various adventurous activities. Through these activities, students can not only enhance their team spirit and interpersonal relations, but also know more about their personal strengths and weaknesses. These experiences can help students to lay a foundation for their MBA study,” says Mak.

Students can study one year full-time or two years part-time. Latter lessons are held on weekday evenings. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and at least three years of relevant work experience. Fresh graduates are welcome to apply for admission to the full-time programme course.

Those applying for the full-time programme are required to submit Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, though applicants with at least eight years  of  relevant work experience are exempted from taking the GMAT.

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