Joined: Jul 19, 2016
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This review is for HKUST
Program Full Time MBA
Class of 2019
As an MBA from HKUST who spent a semester under exchange at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, my two cents are as follows:
Diversity: My class had 120 odd students from 25+ countries and this was ideal for me. I could develop personal contacts with many and had a good understanding about life and culture in Asian countries. An exchange at a US b-school completed my global immersion with a learning of the western world.
Faculty: I found the compact class size ideal for personal development and learning. Some faculties (admired across the globe) taught wonderful courses such as Effective Negotiations, Global Macroeconomics, Enhancing Professional Skills, Strategic Management. These courses developed in me skills which are not specific to certain job function but lifelong. After studying a semester in Booth, I am satisfied that my academic indulgence in HKUST has been world-class.
Hong Kong: I loved Hong Kong and can come back to this place as many times as I can. Everything about Hong Kong is wonderful - centrally located to most East Asian countries (allows you to travel to various places), exciting hiking trails/beaches (a great break to city hustle bustle), modern architecture and amazing food/nightlife (for planning those weekend hangouts). Although, Hong Kong in general is bit populated with cramped housing spaces, HKUST is located slightly away from the Central area with comfortable student housing facility. I enjoyed my stay as a student.
In terms of career progression, I found seeking a broad based career for English speaking candidates in Hong Kong could be challenging in-general. Due to higher costs of living and dominance of Chinese business, it is some times difficult to find career opportunities which can suit one and all. What I also realized is Hong Kong relies heavily on close network groups when it comes to hiring. I religiously followed a routine to meet professionals in conferences, coffee chats, events and understand their experiences and functions. I found interesting ways to keep my interactions active. Very soon, I had the opportunity to work part time for a local PE fund. It also helped me get recruited on campus for a New York based internship, which ended up in a full-time role. Thus, my investment into the MBA program in terms of time and effort has been rewarded satisfactorily.
All in all, personally I had a great time pursuing the HKUST MBA (combined with the exchange studies).
Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (5.0)
Classmates rating (5.0)
Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Student body, diversity
Thanks so much for sharing your HKUST experience! I have a chance to attend HKUST for a semester as well and felt it was very helpful and valuable. Knowledge of Chinese (esp Cantonese) seems to be paramount in many of the internship and job opportunities. I am glad you were able to break through that - nobody from our class, except an Anderson exchange student who had family in HK and spoke Cantonese was able to get an internship or any kind of an offer. At the end of the day, HKUST remains in a special place in my heart. It was great to visit it a few years ago and walk the campus.