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# Hong Kong UST

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01 Jul 2010, 20:08
togafoot wrote:
I'm here to answer any questions... including exchange student questions.

hi, I am a software engineer who resident of Guangzhou, China.
working in public sector which a state-own running company in Guangzhou, since September 2006 to present without international working experience.
I graduated a general "211 engineering program" university in Xi'an, which the major was computer science.

To shift a higher career development in IT industry and reinforcing management skill. I take interest into the MScISM program in HKUST B-school and according to my background do I have a chance in studying HKUST ?
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05 Jul 2010, 13:41
Could you please comment on the school's reputation in other financial hubs such as Singapore and Tokyo, Japan? I understand that HKUST is a regional school and was curious if this meant the brand only carries itself within China/HK or has since expanded to other countries. Thank you very much.
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05 Jul 2010, 21:48
@Goodspeed - One of the classes I took was about e-commerce, and it was a mixed class of MscISM with a few MBA students. A few of the MscISM were working in Guangzhou. The MscISM is a part time course so is geared at local candidates where the candidate pool is smaller, particulalry because Hong Kong is not an IT city. Therefore, I think you should have a decent chance of getting into that programme.

@jerukpopo - Not much action from Singapore, I guess the Singapore schools and INSEAD fill those roles quite well. As for Japan, a lot of the action is moving away, and a lot of expats have been leaving Japan recently, generally speaking Japan hires bi-linguals, but for the top-tier investment banks they would recruit globally, so not specifically targetting HKUST. Having said that, Nomura have been recruiting at HKUST but for their HK office.
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06 Jul 2010, 01:58
togafoot wrote:
@Goodspeed - One of the classes I took was about e-commerce, and it was a mixed class of MscISM with a few MBA students. A few of the MscISM were working in Guangzhou. The MscISM is a part time course so is geared at local candidates where the candidate pool is smaller, particulalry because Hong Kong is not an IT city. Therefore, I think you should have a decent chance of getting into that programme.

Does full time is also available to MScISM program ?
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20 Jul 2010, 04:40
Goodspeed wrote:
togafoot wrote:
@Goodspeed - One of the classes I took was about e-commerce, and it was a mixed class of MscISM with a few MBA students. A few of the MscISM were working in Guangzhou. The MscISM is a part time course so is geared at local candidates where the candidate pool is smaller, particulalry because Hong Kong is not an IT city. Therefore, I think you should have a decent chance of getting into that programme.

Does full time is also available to MScISM program ?

Not as far as I know. PT only I think.
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20 Jul 2010, 04:43
togafoot,

Can you comment on any trends you see in terms of admissions getting more difficult from year to year, and what the current expectations are for applicants? Also, if one wanted to pursue a trading job, would HKUST be able to provide such training, or is one better off in a MS Financial Engineering type course?

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20 Jul 2010, 09:12
Hi,

1. How does HKUST compare with NUS?
2. What is the student profile? Age, Nationality, etc
3. My GMAT score is 640, with 3 years WE from a Multinational bank. Will I stand a chance if I apply?
4. How is the exchange student program? Can anyone apply for this?
5. Is it a pre-requisite to learn the chinese language?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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27 Jul 2010, 19:15
In terms of admission difficulty, the main variable is the number of applicants is increasing. With more candidates, the selection pool is larger, which means the probablity of admission is lower, however this is slighlty being offset by increasing the class size.

riamarts wrote:
Hi,

1. How does HKUST compare with NUS?
2. What is the student profile? Age, Nationality, etc
3. My GMAT score is 640, with 3 years WE from a Multinational bank. Will I stand a chance if I apply?
4. How is the exchange student program? Can anyone apply for this?
5. Is it a pre-requisite to learn the chinese language?

Thanks in advance for the help.

1) All depends on what you are looking for during and after the MBA.
2) http://mba.ust.hk/ftmba/life/profile.html
3) Yes, there is a chance, GMAT is not the only criteria looked at, quality of work experience, international experience, interest in Asia etc. are also some of the other criteria looked at.
4) Yes, competition for the desired exchange school can be fierce, so it depends on the selection criteria which is decided by the student body.
5) No
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07 Oct 2010, 20:39
Hi Togafoot,

I am an Indian MBA applicant.

Profile: GMAT 730 (AWA: 5.5), Work Ex: 5.5 yrs - Manager leading 6 members in the largest bank (consumer banking credit risk management), Education: MS in Economics from a top school in India.

I am interested in transitioning to a more finance specific role in IB, Treasury, Equity Research etc. in Hong Kong. I do not have aby knowledge of Mandarin. With an MBA from HKUST how difficult would it be to make this transition?

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25 Oct 2010, 19:42
Hi Togafoot,

I am an Indian MBA applicant.

Profile: GMAT 730 (AWA: 5.5), Work Ex: 5.5 yrs - Manager leading 6 members in the largest bank (consumer banking credit risk management), Education: MS in Economics from a top school in India.

I am interested in transitioning to a more finance specific role in IB, Treasury, Equity Research etc. in Hong Kong. I do not have aby knowledge of Mandarin. With an MBA from HKUST how difficult would it be to make this transition?

For China focused roles you would probably not have much chance, but for the roles which are more regional then there is no problem.
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25 Oct 2010, 20:10
togafoot wrote:
Hi Togafoot,

I am an Indian MBA applicant.

Profile: GMAT 730 (AWA: 5.5), Work Ex: 5.5 yrs - Manager leading 6 members in the largest bank (consumer banking credit risk management), Education: MS in Economics from a top school in India.

I am interested in transitioning to a more finance specific role in IB, Treasury, Equity Research etc. in Hong Kong. I do not have aby knowledge of Mandarin. With an MBA from HKUST how difficult would it be to make this transition?

For China focused roles you would probably not have much chance, but for the roles which are more regional then there is no problem.

And normally are such roles available on graduation from HKUST? Or is it very difficult to land one?
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31 Oct 2010, 19:51
togafoot wrote:
Hi Togafoot,

And normally are such roles available on graduation from HKUST? Or is it very difficult to land one?

I did not look for finance related roles, but quite a few of my class mates have ended up in finance related roles. Most are in equity related research, a few in hedge funds and private equity, and several in other areas of finance (i.e. management training programmes in financial product companies).

Is it difficult to land one? Depends on economic climate, its competitive in the current market situation, so how the candidate presents themselves and networks is also very important. Opportunities will come through the careers office and through personal networking, its then up to the candidate to demonstrate their all-round skills.
Its important to remember that b-school is a balance of networking, and academia when finding the right opportunity, and relying solely on the careers office (at any school) will not always get you the best range of opportunities.
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06 Nov 2010, 05:53
Hi togafoot,
Can you please brief regarding Cost of HKUST MBA? Tution fee + Living expense
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28 Nov 2010, 23:26
Tuition fee is on the website \$53.9k USD (http://www.mba.ust.hk/ftmba/admissions/tuition.htm)

Living expenses:- If you live on Campus... cheap, if you live off campus - can be expensive. Food = cheap, travel = cheap. Nightlife - can be expensive. All relative to lifestyle
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