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HKUST MSc.Investment Management or LBS Masters in Management

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Hey guys! I hope you are all okay. I need your opinions on which school and program to choose!
Thank you all in advance!

Now I am a senior student in BSc. Industrial Engineering program at the best university in Turkey and I expect to graduate in June, 2014. Also, I am a part-time analyst at a global Private Equity firm. I have a summer internship experiences at an M&A house and at one of Big Four's audit department. I discovered that fund management (venture capital, hedge fund, private equity) is a topic of deep interest for me. And in future I want to be a thoroughly competent professional in fund management.
I believe living in one of Financial centers of the world (Specifically: London, New York or Hong Kong) will help me reach my full potential. This is my main reason for applying for an MSc. degree now rather than an MBA later in my career. I want to increase my chances to find a job abroad in financial markets at this point of my career by studying at a top university abroad.

Thus, considering these two factors, I have applied for Master's degree programs at top schools and I am having a difficult time choosing one among them. My shortlist among the other offers I have received is,
- London Business School - Masters in Management
- Warwick Business School - MSc. Business (Finance&Accounting)
- Hong Kong UST Business School - MSc. Investment Management

Although Warwick has a high reputation, the program is not pure Finance and it is not located in a financial center. Hence, currently I am in between London Business School and Hong Kong UST. To be honest, London Business School's reputation is more appealing to me rather than the program it offers. Although I can choose 2 finance electives, it is still a Management degree. And also, since the market is calm in Europe, my chances in staying in London seem low. On the other hand, with the increasing market size in Asia, Hong Kong may offer me a lot more than London and also the program HKUST offers is pure finance. Both programs last one year but HKUST provides an optional summer internship period which I believe is a really important factor. Thus, I am more inclined to accept HKUST's offer these days.

Am I thinking in a wrong way ? Should I just accept LBS' or Warwick's offer because they have a higher reputation than HKUST ? And also how would a person with a Investment Management degree from HKUST stand compared to a Management degree from LBS in an employer's perspective ? What are my chances in staying in Hong Kong or London after the completion of my degree? And also, lets say I chose HKUST, what are my chances in moving to London or New York just after the completion of my degree ?

It turned out to be a long post, which I tried to avoid actually :) but I wanted to explain everything in my mind. I hope you would find time to read it and reply me back.
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New post 06 Apr 2014, 14:43
Guys, I really need your help.
Lately I have been hearing that in Hong Kong knowing local language is strongly preferable in entry level jobs. Is this true ?
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New post 11 Apr 2014, 06:12
I can't offer a perspective on UK. But as for HK, HKUST is the best finance university in the country. However, you definitely need to be able to speak Mandarin AT A FLUENT LEVEL if you are looking for most jobs in HK (Cantonese also preferred but not essential) unless you are looking to go into a trading job.
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