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SMU - Cox ($$$) vs HKUST ($)

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New post 23 Jan 2020, 03:34
Hi all,

I need your advice on a decision that I have to make.

I have admits from both SMU - Cox and HKUST.

Points in favour of Cox:

I have a background in Supply chain management and I wish to continue in the same field. SMU Cox is one of the few schools that gives a STEM MBA with a supply chain management focus (as opposed to the usual business analytics focus). Also given the current political situation in HK, I think HK isn’t a very safe option.

Reservations with Cox:
Although the university is pretty well known in the south, it’s reputation is limited to the south alone. The post mba visa H1B is relatively harder in the US compared to the IANG in HK. Also the school is not as well ranked, globally, as HKUST.

Considering all the above factors, I’m more inclined to accept the offer at Cox. I want your opinion if its unwise to chose Cox over HKUST.

Thanks in advance.

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New post 23 Jan 2020, 09:22
Congrats on your admits!

Hong Kong is VERY safe. It is much safer than any US city. The economic situation is a different story. The protests have depressed and slowed down some of the hiring and business growth. However, in my experience, few international students who attend HKUST actually stay in HK and most end up going to SE Asia such as Singapore. The reason is that HK still relies on Cantonese and unless you have the language proficiency, it will be hard to recruit for the traditional MBA roles and in addition, the cost of living or rather real estate in HK is too high compared to other options. So I think you are ruling out HKUST for the wrong reasons :-)

You need to answer only one question really - where do you intend to work after graduation? Where do you want to be long term? Once you answer that question, the rest is pretty easy.
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New post 23 Jan 2020, 11:48
Thanks for the advice, bb. Really appreciate your input.

When I wrote not safe, I meant in terms of post mba job scenarios. I should have been clearer, my bad. I’m also aware of the language proficiency requirement for most standard MBA roles. I was just being stuck up on the reputation of the school, globally. It ranks much higher. I come from a place where rank dictates almost everything about an institute. But I guess I shouldn’t be this narrow and I hope to arrive at a decision soon.

Thanks once again, bb.

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