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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 10:25
I applied R2 and received an interview invite. For those who have interviewed with hkust, are you allowed to ask questions at the end of the interviews?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 13:45
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I applied R2 and received an interview invite. For those who have interviewed with hkust, are you allowed to ask questions at the end of the interviews?
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There are two separate interviews, and the allow sufficient time for questions in the end! Good luck!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2011, 11:44
Thanks, dengning
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 07:57
mbatogo wrote:
berger wrote:
mbatogo wrote:
did anyone hear from CEIBS yet? I believe they were suppose to share the results by Dec 16...


nope....

UPDATE: I was just admitted... :)



congrats berger!! i just found out i got admitted too.



just found out that I didn't get admitted to HKUST...although CEIBS is my top choice and I got in, I was hoping to be put in the position to have to choose. :) haha. well congratulations to all that got admitted to HKUST!! and good luck to all those who are still waiting for a response.

as for those who are planning to go to CEIBS, planning to take the mandarin course in july? i know i sure am!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 17:48
HI shivdattaambe,
Have you got an interview invite ?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2011, 00:10
Admitted to HKUST!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2011, 02:18
hey guys, how long dose it take to know the result after interview?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2011, 04:29
it depends.. i got a mail about 2 weeks after my interview saying they require 4 more weeks.. whereas someone on this forum got to know after two weeks..
so safe to say 2 to 6 weeks!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2011, 02:59
Any updates? Any admits? Any dings?
What is up with HKUST?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2011, 11:03
Admitted! Awesome Stuff
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 00:03
Hey DaffyDuck, what's your profile like? And when did you apply? (R1, R2)
Any more updates people?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 19:09
hi mbaabroad,

sure, coming from a very "exotic" place in the Indian ocean ( Madagascar),working in IBank in Singapore, studied in France, worked in London before.
quite good EC ( created a networking platform)..
UG in one of Top french Univ, Gmat 600ish.

Good luck to all who are waiting for decision!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 18:50
Hello all,

I applied in R1 and I am still waiting. Havent been accepted or dinged...but got ask to do a second interview today with head of career services to do a career consultation next week. I think they are having a tough time deciding on my application. anyone else in the same boat???

HKUST is my first choice so im hoping this second call goes well. congrats to the people already accepted!
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 07:58
Chiukel:
Interesting. I am in the same boat, but only next week.

What did u talk about?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 08:20
berger,

sorry i meant to say i got the email notifying me of the second interview today. im not scheduled to do the interview until next week as well. perhaps they have everyone in the same boat doing the interviews with career advancements on the same day.

dont know what to expect...perhaps they want to make sure your career direction is clear to them?
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2011, 08:23
berger,

wait...have you already been accepted? I thought in an earlier post you mentioned that you were.

I was thinking all the people they wanted to talk to again would be the ones that they are reallly on the fence with.
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 02:34
chiukel, I think so too. no I have not been accepted yet. we'll see..
I believe they want to clarify with us if an MBA does really help us achieve our goals... At some point, I was quite annoyed of not having heard from them for a long time, and then being asked to interview once more. On the other hand, it's good to see that they really care about who they admit. :)
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 21:01
Not even an interview.
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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 01:24
Hi all,

I was dinged from HKUST w/o an interview but so were a lot of other peeps (and peepettes) with strong backgrounds.

From reading all the traffic on this thread and based on my own conversation with HKUST admissions staff, including the post grad admissions director, Mr. Tsang, and the some regional ambassadors, it seems to me that HKUST is a school that is particularly concerned with ensuring that its students land good jobs after the program and that they, correspondingly, promote the school through their achievements.

In fact, I'm too kind in using the above language...the school is downright way too paranoid about ensuring it selects the right people. Requesting that peeps who have been previously interviewed and who obviously have strong backgrounds and are qualified applicants participate in yet another career-focused interview with a career services person is totally ridiculous. It portrays the HKUST MBA program as being a "nanny" institution that micro-manages its students career choices and rates them on the basis of these future career choices for selection purposes.

The philosophy behind the process, along with the process itself, reeks. It portrays a rather stuffy and controlling atmosphere at the school, or at least within the admissions and career services fields. In contrast, a prominent school like HBS doesn't really give much of a damn about what an applicant's career goals are.

The HBS admissions director, whose comments are influential to the point that she is often quoted solely on a first name basis, told an audience that I was part of last year that its adcom doesn't particularly care for what an applicants career aspirations are because they want leaders...HBS and other schools look for leaders while HKUST seems to be acting as more of an outplacement agency, more concerned with ensuring that it can fill job vacancies than selecting the best overal leaders.

This is sad not only for the school, the quality of its student pool, but also for the people that are being asked to jump through more unannounced hoops by participating in a "career focused" 3rd interview...it's rather hard to fathom! I know, you're probably thinking, "well, HBS attracts and values younger applicants"...true, but the HBS career goals essay is totally optional. Most of the HBS alums who attended the session I was at overtly stated that they "had no idea what they wanted to do after b-school", and the HBS admission director seconded that by adding, "...and we don't expect candidates to have a very clear picture to know what they want to do afterward either."

Yes, HBS' program provides two years of growth and discovery while HKUST's is either 12- or 16-months...but still, going to b-school is largely about personal growth and discovery, and perhaps trying something new after the MBA that had not initially been envisioned at the start of the MBA...acceptance into b-school shouldn't be merely about convincing the career services and admissions folk that you can easily find a good post-MBA job in a sector that these people expect you to work in after graduation. MBAs were supposed to be about selecting and training those most prone to be enterprising and successful, not about determining whether your career plan accord with the expectations of Mr. Tsang and his motley crew.

I recall how Mr. Tsang kept telling me ad nauseam in person that it was "key to for HKUST to understand if and how its MBA program would be of aid to a particular candidate's career." All of the above sounds pretty routine for b-school admissions folks to say except that HKUST seems to be overly concerned about selecting only those candidates that will be easy to place in jobs after graduation. Perhaps this is due to the rather un-enterprising and unimaginative spirit of Mr. Tsang and his staff (padon the ad hominem nature of this comment but these were my views after meeting with the HKUST folk last year) or the fact that the HKUST staff remember the long days of 2008 when the unwanted Bentleys kept piling up in HK garages and the school's graduates couldn't get jobs.

An ambassador had also told me how HKUST had in the past accepted applicants who turned out to not be very good and were a disappointment. I don't know much more about this situation but it seems like the school had some issues with this in the past decade and that's partially why the ambassadors were instituted to help candidates submit better applications. Perhaps this issue impacts the paranoia I sense coming out of HKUST.

I hope the comparative example with HBS given above and my personal views on the matter resonate with some of you. I wouldn't have attended HKUST even if I were accepted. It's a fine school but it's really just a place where INSEAD and LBS rejects congregate, especially thosae with know Chinese language skills. Seriously, would you want to attend such a school? I met some European alums of HKUST who couldn't even speak about basic things like the weather in Chinese despite haveing taken the 2-week Putonghua training course at the beginning of the program. That 2-week intro is such a joke. Ironically, I met 2010 alums of HKUST who were planning "internet startups" that aimed to re-create Facebook and Expedia...hmm...haven't we seen this before? I guess everyone is considered a startup entrepreneur when they can’t find work after completing the HKUST MBA.

The funny thing is that these startups peeps who recently graduated from HKUST had good, solid technical and engineering jobs prior to attending HKUST. Given the fuzzy nature of their post-HKUST "startups", I find it perplexing that HKUST is so concerned about ensuring the post-MBA viability of the current batch of applicants that are being recalled for further interviewing, especially since HKUST has already taken so damn long to reach its decisions. The school works at a snails pace while places like CEIBS are lighting quick and to the point.

I know some may call me a h8r but it's not that simple, as there's some substance to my views on HKUST. I'm now even wondering whether I should exchange in to HKUST or whether ISB would be a better option.

For those not accepted by HKUST but accepted by CEIBS: Did you pay the deposit to CEIBS already to hold your spot prior to the R1 deposit deadline? If accepted by HKUST, would you really forego that deposit to attend HKUST? I don't know why HKUST says it's China-focused since all the true Sinophiles attend CEIBS over HKUST. Furthermore, HKUST is far from competing with the likes of INSEAD, LBS, and IMD in terms of its international scope. As a backup plan, there is always BeiDa’S School of Marxism? Did anyone else apply to its graduate program for foreign students?

I wish good luck to all those being interrogated by career services staff during the upcoming interviews.

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Re: Calling All HKUST 2011-12 Applicants [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 06:24
If they are so concerned with the career plans of applicants they should really consider getting rid of the 1200 character limit on essay 2.

Comparing my essays for this school with my other schools really makes me cringe. I'm coming from a non-traditional background, I need a little more room than the normal applicant to state my case.

Oh well. I'll get the official ding in two weeks.
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