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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 00:58
Hi HKUST MBA ,
I work in venture debt and i am interested in the 16month MBA program . I plan to apply to R1
I looked at your electives and there are a lot of courses in VC and PE that interest me .
Can you talk about the placements in PE and VC . I see that there is no breakdown of the finance jobs into PE/ VC etc.
Also can you talk about the intership opportunities in PE , VC and related experential learning opportunities at HKUST

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 22:46
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hi

i am in Merchant navy
INDIAN
work ex-4 years(including 1 year of paid internship)
CGPA- 4.0

GMAT -620(3rd attempt) (quant:49,verbal:25)

every semester scholarship holder in college.
Many professional achievements.
Decent extra curricular.

what are my chances in HKUST for selection.
i am thinking of applying in 1st round for class of 2013.

please suggest


Hi 700mirage,

Thanks for your interest in our program. I am afraid it is difficult for us to comment on your chances based on several facts since we take into consideration a range of criteria when we make the admissions decision, including your international exposure, leadership/teamwork experience, soft skills, work references, career aspiration and readiness, etc.

You can take a look at our typical class profile to get a feel of the students we admit: http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/studentlife/profile.htm

Your GMAT of 620 is near the lower end of our typical GMAT range so it may be quite competitive for you to apply with that score unless you shine in other areas.

Any questions, just let us know.

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hi

thanks for the reply

10th :86%(science)
12th:80%(science)
CGPA:4.0/4.0

i was scholarship holder in every semester for academic performance.
i was nominated for the GOLD medal in college for academic performance.
i have an international exposure and work experience in international market.
i have worked with several nationalities(about 10 nationalities).
i have worked always with a team of 3 members in every work on ship and i being the leader and the members of my team used to be changing every week.
i have also worked in NGO for 2 years.
i have good letter of recommendations.
i have my own plans to start my own venture.

i also have decent extra curricular .

can you please tell me whether my low gmat score can be compensated by my CGPA ??
whether should i apply with this score or not ?

thanks in advance
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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 01:01
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Hi HKUST MBA ,
I work in venture debt and i am interested in the 16month MBA program . I plan to apply to R1
I looked at your electives and there are a lot of courses in VC and PE that interest me .
Can you talk about the placements in PE and VC . I see that there is no breakdown of the finance jobs into PE/ VC etc.
Also can you talk about the intership opportunities in PE , VC and related experential learning opportunities at HKUST

Thanks
Kapil


Hi Kapil,

In 2011, 12% of our graduates found a job in the private equity/investment management sector. Some of the firms include: Azure Partners, Riverside Asia Partners, CITIC Bank International, AEA Investors (Germany), CDIB Capital International Corporation, BEA Union Investment, UCF Capital, Alliance Development Group, etc.

For a list of internship recruiters, you can refer to our detailed career report here: http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/career/highlight2011.html

Our career office has organized some industry sharing/networking sessions with seasoned professionals in PE/VC for students to learn more about the industry trends and market situation. The guests included the Head of Fund Administration Services at KCS which provides accounting and governance platforms on an outsourced basis for private equity firms and Managing Director with InvestorAB's Asian venture capital group based in Hong Kong, the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Apices Partners, a Private Equity Firm focusing on late-stage small to medium-sized enterprises in Asia with a focus on Greater China, etc.

The professor who teaches our students "Venture Capital and Private Equity" was the former GM - Investments of Hutchison Whampoa, working for the richest Chinese in the world. He has experience supervising a US$500 million venture capital fund, investing in China and U.S. and has raised more than $8 billion for investment projects in Asia. Students will be able to learn a lot about the skills, mindset and tricks required to handle the work in this business from his own industry experience.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 01:08
700mirage wrote:
hkustmba wrote:
700mirage wrote:
hi

i am in Merchant navy
INDIAN
work ex-4 years(including 1 year of paid internship)
CGPA- 4.0

GMAT -620(3rd attempt) (quant:49,verbal:25)

every semester scholarship holder in college.
Many professional achievements.
Decent extra curricular.

what are my chances in HKUST for selection.
i am thinking of applying in 1st round for class of 2013.

please suggest


Hi 700mirage,

Thanks for your interest in our program. I am afraid it is difficult for us to comment on your chances based on several facts since we take into consideration a range of criteria when we make the admissions decision, including your international exposure, leadership/teamwork experience, soft skills, work references, career aspiration and readiness, etc.

You can take a look at our typical class profile to get a feel of the students we admit: http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/studentlife/profile.htm

Your GMAT of 620 is near the lower end of our typical GMAT range so it may be quite competitive for you to apply with that score unless you shine in other areas.

Any questions, just let us know.

Towni
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hi

thanks for the reply

10th :86%(science)
12th:80%(science)
CGPA:4.0/4.0

i was scholarship holder in every semester for academic performance.
i was nominated for the GOLD medal in college for academic performance.
i have an international exposure and work experience in international market.
i have worked with several nationalities(about 10 nationalities).
i have worked always with a team of 3 members in every work on ship and i being the leader and the members of my team used to be changing every week.
i have also worked in NGO for 2 years.
i have good letter of recommendations.
i have my own plans to start my own venture.

i also have decent extra curricular .

can you please tell me whether my low gmat score can be compensated by my CGPA ??
whether should i apply with this score or not ?

thanks in advance


It is difficult to say exactly whether your undergraduate performance can compensate your GMAT score as the admissions decision is based on different areas, not just your academic performance. Since it is your third attempt already, you can try to apply with this score first and put more focus on other areas, e.g. the essays.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 23:14
Hey,

Good to see an active discussion here.

1. Scholarship @ HKUST: Can you please elaborate on the Scholarship options available at HKUST (if possible, specifically for Indian graduates)

2. HKUST being in HK is exposed to the Financial services industry. However, I'd like to understand the options for folks looking at Management consulting as a career option at HKUST. Is there an ecosystem to help the students secure jobs at the top management consulting firms. If you could, can you please provide the numbers hired in the recent years at the top management consulting firms.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2012, 23:50
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Hey,

Good to see an active discussion here.

1. Scholarship @ HKUST: Can you please elaborate on the Scholarship options available at HKUST (if possible, specifically for Indian graduates)

2. HKUST being in HK is exposed to the Financial services industry. However, I'd like to understand the options for folks looking at Management consulting as a career option at HKUST. Is there an ecosystem to help the students secure jobs at the top management consulting firms. If you could, can you please provide the numbers hired in the recent years at the top management consulting firms.

Cheers !!


Hi mvikred,

Here are the major scholarships (and available for Indian candidates/students):

1. Merit scholarship (top 10-20% of admitted candidates): HKD60,000-125,000
2. Need based grant (candidates with financial need): HKD60,000-150,000
3. Scholarship for Asians with international exposure (Asian candidates with 2+ years of work experience/studies overseas): HKD125,000
4. Outstanding Leadership Award (students with exceptional leadership potential and contribution to the program during MBA): HKD300,000

For the full list, you can visit our website here: http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/admissions/financialaid.htm

FYI, our tuition fee for intake 2013 is HKD545,000.

We help students get into consulting industry through several ways:
1. Consulting track electives taught by actual consultants e.g. a current Director at Bain or a former Manager at McKinsey - teach students how to think and work like a consultant
2. Consulting Club run by students - provide skill training workshops delivered by students who are consultants or external consultants invited to school
3. Enhancing Professional Skills training - an intensive program which aims to boost students' presentation, case analysis, teamwork and problem solving skills. After finishing the training, students can form teams to participate in overseas case competitions and compete against other schools in front of global judge panel formed by top business leaders. This can help them to build up their competence and confidence when they work with clients in the future as a consultant
4. Our career office organizes corporate events/recruitment talks/executives meetings with consulting firms e.g. Deloitte Consulting, Gallup Consulting, Siemens Management Consulting - get students connected with industry people and introduce job opportunities to students
4. 12% of our graduates last year are recruited into consulting roles. The management consulting firms recruiting in these two years include: McKinsey, IBM Consulting, Value Partners Management Consulting, ZS Associates, Deloitte Consulting, Boston Consulting Group, etc.

Any questions, just let us know.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 00:04
Thanks a lot for the response, it was helpful.

Can you shed some light on the most recent placement statistics. And is the placement any different for Indian applicants?

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 03:32
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Thanks a lot for the response, it was helpful.

Can you shed some light on the most recent placement statistics. And is the placement any different for Indian applicants?

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The stats I shared previously are for 2011. The 2012 figures are not ready yet. You can go to our online career highlights for a full 2011 career report.

http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/career/highlight2011.html

In 2011, 4 of our Indian graduates worked in Hong Kong after MBA, one went to India and another to Singapore. Their industry ranged from finance/banking (e.g. AVP Consumer Credit Bank, Manager in Corporate Finance & IB) to Management Associate at a global consumer products trading company and senior business manager for an IT company.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2012, 10:42
Hi Towni,

Quick question on the application form - can I enter my internship experiences under work experience as previous employments? since I do not see any space specifically for internships..

Thanks.

P.S. : There seems to be an issue with the character count and formatting in the form, my characters disappear automatically when I save.
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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2012, 12:01
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Hi Towni,

Quick question on the application form - can I enter my internship experiences under work experience as previous employments? since I do not see any space specifically for internships..

Thanks.

P.S. : There seems to be an issue with the character count and formatting in the form, my characters disappear automatically when I save.


Hi amritd,

Yes, you can input your internship as previous employments under work experience.

We are not sure why the characters disappear and haven't heard other candidates having this problem this year. If you send your application number and name to us at applymba@ust.hk, we can ask our IT team to investigate the cause. In the meantime, it is best if you work on a word document first and only paste the text in the form before submitting your application just in case it happens again.

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Thanks for the prompt response Towni. I was able to work my way around the formatting bit on the application. Have submitted my app, fingers crossed!

Question : under document upload, for proof of employment there is a particular sample format given. Is it necessary to obtain such a letter from your previous employer or will a copy of the offer and relieving letter suffice? Also for current employment, will salary slip and offer letter be enough?

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2012, 14:13
Thanks Towni for the responses.


Just want to understand if the undergrad institution is taken into account while evaluating the academic performance in general, specifically GPA.

Apart from that, just a couple more questions:

1. How important would it be for somebody like me (with an interest in the M&A domain) to learn Cantonese? Would it be really a hindrance in terms of getting a job? I believe it should not be a problem in HK even if I don't know Cantonese, though if there are not enough jobs in the M&A domain in HK then I would have to focus on mainland China (Shanghai etc.). Let me know your thoughts.

2. How important is foreign work-ex in the admission criteria? I don't have any foreign work-ex, however I have been regularly working with European and American clients /colleagues and in multi-cultural environments during the past 4 years. Is it really a negative? If yes, how can I mitigate it?

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2012, 20:34
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Thanks Towni for the responses.


Just want to understand if the undergrad institution is taken into account while evaluating the academic performance in general, specifically GPA.

Apart from that, just a couple more questions:

1. How important would it be for somebody like me (with an interest in the M&A domain) to learn Cantonese? Would it be really a hindrance in terms of getting a job? I believe it should not be a problem in HK even if I don't know Cantonese, though if there are not enough jobs in the M&A domain in HK then I would have to focus on mainland China (Shanghai etc.). Let me know your thoughts.

2. How important is foreign work-ex in the admission criteria? I don't have any foreign work-ex, however I have been regularly working with European and American clients /colleagues and in multi-cultural environments during the past 4 years. Is it really a negative? If yes, how can I mitigate it?

Thanks a ton!


Cantonese is not really relevant as it is only a Chinese dialect mainly spoken by people in Hong Kong and Guangdong province. However, Mandarin, the national language, is important if you need to focus on Mainland China, in which case recruiters will prefer people with Mandarin proficiency.

Foreign work experience is not a must. But having some can distinguish you from other candidates who don't. Experience working with overseas clients and teams can help a bit. Good work exposure (leadership/teamwork/big responsibilities/caliber of people you are working/dealing with) and career progression are also advantages other than global experience.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 07:40
I thought you are coming for MBA tour in Bangkok :(
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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2012, 18:32
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I thought you are coming for MBA tour in Bangkok :(


Hi waris1987,

Earlier this year we indeed planned to join the Bangkok MBA fair but later had to cancel it because of schedule conflicts. Sorry for not being able to meet you there in person.

If you want to know more about our program, we can arrange one of our MBA advisors to talk with you over the phone. You can register for a session at http://www.mba.ust.hk/asp/intake2013events/indconsult_cv.asp?at= if you are interested.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 04:04
Hi HKUST,

Many thanks for taking out time and helping out the applicants.

I have a query for you, which i think hasn't been asked yet in this thread. I am an engineer with a leading mining MNC. I am planning to pursue a career in management consulting in mining and metals sector post MBA.

Could you please let me know if MBA from HKUST will be able to help in achieving my career goal. Are there any particluar consulting firm whichtrecruits for this domain from HKUST?.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 19:21
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Hi HKUST,

Many thanks for taking out time and helping out the applicants.

I have a query for you, which i think hasn't been asked yet in this thread. I am an engineer with a leading mining MNC. I am planning to pursue a career in management consulting in mining and metals sector post MBA.

Could you please let me know if MBA from HKUST will be able to help in achieving my career goal. Are there any particluar consulting firm whichtrecruits for this domain from HKUST?.

Regards,
Prayas.


Hi Prayas

Consulting in mining is a very niche field. Some of the bigger consulting firms our graduates join, e.g. Accenture, BCG, etc, may have a branch specialized in this field but it isn't very common in Hong Kong as mining is nonexistent here. You will have to look for opportunities in China and most likely need to speak Mandarin. Our program can help you to build up a well rounded understanding of business and the soft skills required for a consultant, as well as exposure and insights into the China market. But you will have to network a lot and always keep an eye out for opportunities in this field.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 20:38
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Hi HKUST,

Many thanks for taking out time and helping out the applicants.

I have a query for you, which i think hasn't been asked yet in this thread. I am an engineer with a leading mining MNC. I am planning to pursue a career in management consulting in mining and metals sector post MBA.

Could you please let me know if MBA from HKUST will be able to help in achieving my career goal. Are there any particluar consulting firm whichtrecruits for this domain from HKUST?.

Regards,
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Hi Prayas

Consulting in mining is a very niche field. Some of the bigger consulting firms our graduates join, e.g. Accenture, BCG, etc, may have a branch specialized in this field but it isn't very common in Hong Kong as mining is nonexistent here. You will have to look for opportunities in China and most likely need to speak Mandarin. Our program can help you to build up a well rounded understanding of business and the soft skills required for a consultant, as well as exposure and insights into the China market. But you will have to network a lot and always keep an eye out for opportunities in this field.

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Hi Towni,

I appreciate your prompt response. To add onto my query, is it just Hong Kong and Mainland China the major consulting companies recruit for?. What about the opportunities in the rest of Asia-Pacific region.

Do the Big 3 in startegy consulting (MBB), recruit keeping in mind the specialisations the candidates are interested in, or they recruit from a common pool and then allocate specific departments after their leadership programmes?

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 23:47
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prayas wrote:
Hi HKUST,

Many thanks for taking out time and helping out the applicants.

I have a query for you, which i think hasn't been asked yet in this thread. I am an engineer with a leading mining MNC. I am planning to pursue a career in management consulting in mining and metals sector post MBA.

Could you please let me know if MBA from HKUST will be able to help in achieving my career goal. Are there any particluar consulting firm whichtrecruits for this domain from HKUST?.

Regards,
Prayas.


Hi Prayas

Consulting in mining is a very niche field. Some of the bigger consulting firms our graduates join, e.g. Accenture, BCG, etc, may have a branch specialized in this field but it isn't very common in Hong Kong as mining is nonexistent here. You will have to look for opportunities in China and most likely need to speak Mandarin. Our program can help you to build up a well rounded understanding of business and the soft skills required for a consultant, as well as exposure and insights into the China market. But you will have to network a lot and always keep an eye out for opportunities in this field.

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Hi Towni,

I appreciate your prompt response. To add onto my query, is it just Hong Kong and Mainland China the major consulting companies recruit for?. What about the opportunities in the rest of Asia-Pacific region.

Do the Big 3 in startegy consulting (MBB), recruit keeping in mind the specialisations the candidates are interested in, or they recruit from a common pool and then allocate specific departments after their leadership programmes?

Thanks,
Prayas


Hi Prayas,

Our full-time MBA alumni who work in consulting are mostly located in Hong Kong and China. Singapore is the third most popular location especially in recent years. Some of our graduates also got a consulting job in North America and Europe.

For your second question, our graduates usually applied to generalist positions but they specialize in a particular field/industry after joining the company. However, we do not know whether the recruiting firms already have a preferred specialization in mind during the recruitment.

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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 18:49
I'm from the US where I graduated with a 3.7 in accounting from a state school. I am currently studying at a top university in China for a masters in Chinese accounting, but as the only westerner (white) I'm struggling with the language gap since I only had two years of language training to prepare.

All classes, tests, and papers are in Chinese, so my gpa is at a very low 2.0. I'm the only westerner to complete this program and possibly the only one in China. Yet, I'm afraid this low gpa will hurt my chances of a top 20 MBA program. Should I forget about applying or is there any way not to mention my Chinese gpa? I don't put it on my resume. Thanks!
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Re: Ask HKUST Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 19:47
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I'm from the US where I graduated with a 3.7 in accounting from a state school. I am currently studying at a top university in China for a masters in Chinese accounting, but as the only westerner (white) I'm struggling with the language gap since I only had two years of language training to prepare.

All classes, tests, and papers are in Chinese, so my gpa is at a very low 2.0. I'm the only westerner to complete this program and possibly the only one in China. Yet, I'm afraid this low gpa will hurt my chances of a top 20 MBA program. Should I forget about applying or is there any way not to mention my Chinese gpa? I don't put it on my resume. Thanks!


Hi Beijinger,

Your undergraduate performance and also GMAT score can help balance your low GPA in the master program. In our application, there is a section for you to include additional information. You can explain the relatively poor performance during your master program there.

Given our program's Asia focus and location in Hong Kong, a westerner having prior China experience is definitely an advantage. It will probably do more good than harm for you to include your master in the application.

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