EMBA at a Glance

Our EMBA Programme is the first EMBA programme in Hong Kong and remains a truly made-in-Hong Kong product. It was initially offered by CUHK Business School in 1993. Time flies. This year, the programme marches forth into its 26th year.

CUHK EMBA’s Motto and Six Pillars

We aim to maintain its ability of nurturing top-notch management talent to meet the needs of Hong Kong, the mainland and the world. We follow CUHK’s global vision and mission “to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West” as our motto. We have also established the “six pillars” (Theories, Practices, Internal Network, External Network, Strategic Perspectives and Social Contribution) as our programme’s core value to enhance the well-being of the business community and society. We keep on being innovative to keep pace with the dynamics of the marketplace.

International Recognition

In the 2019 Financial Times Global Executive MBA Ranking which features top 100 business schools, CUHK EMBA remains to be the top independent English-instructed programme in the Greater China region and was ranked 24th in the world, jumping from the rank of No. 29 achieved in 2018. Among the alumni of all English-instructed independent EMBA programmes in Greater China, CUHK EMBA’s alumni have achieved the highest level of average salary three years after graduation, with an average annual salary of more than HK$2.31 million. The programme’s alumni also achieved a high average salary increase rate of 59%. In a criterion that indicates EMBA programme’s proportion of core courses dedicated to corporate social responsibility, ethic, social and environmental issues, CUHK EMBA also came out on top amongst all independent EMBA programmes in Greater China. CUHK EMBA has scored high in areas including alumni’s career progress, aims achieved via programme, students’ work experience, Business School’s research publications, and international diversity and female proportion in the programme’s advisory board.

Course Relevancy and Practicality

We continue to introduce new course content and bring new learning experiences to the students. To enhance relevancy and practicality for quality teaching, we partnered with business leaders and our faculty members to have successfully developed five case studies entitled “TSL Jewellery: An Innovator Across Generations,” “Hung Fook Tong: From Hong Kong to China,” “AMOREPACIFIC Hong Kong: Marketing Korean Beauty Products,” “OpenSky.tv: A New Business Model – Content Creation, Curation, Consumption, Commercialization” and “Incubation and The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.” All these cases were eventually published by Ivey Publishing and are also currently available at the Harvard Business Publishing website or Ivey Publishing website. Annie Yau Tse, Chairman and CEO of Tse Sui Luen; Ricky Szeto, General Manager of the Hung Fook Tong Group; senior management of AMOREPACIFIC Group; Wilson Yuen, Founder and CEO of TFI Digital Media Limited (OpenSky.tv is a video platform of TFI); and Albert Wong, CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation were also respectively invited to the classroom to share their insights and discuss the real business case of the companies with the students.

Innovative Thinking Development

Working together with the Institute of Design Knowledge (IDK), a division of Hong Kong Design Centre, we continue to offer an innovative elective course entitled “Design and Innovation Management” this year. The course aims to offer the opportunity for students to appreciate the value of design and innovation in management. It is designed as a platform for students to learn how to be innovative in decision making and to effectively communicate with the stakeholders. A group of designer practitioners arranged by IDK will attend the course so that students can mingle with them and develop possible cooperation with them in future.

Global Learning Experience

To help students develop a global perspective and interact with senior executives from different parts of the world, we frequently organise overseas study trips. This year, one cohort of students completed a global field trip to Germany. Another cohort of students completed a global study trip to ESMT Berlin in Germany.

Greater China Learning Experience

To widen students’ perspective in Greater China, we partnered with the EMBA Programmes of Peking University and the National Taiwan University to conduct the “Greater China EMBA Elite Study Week,” which was the first of its kind worldwide. The three universities are taking turns to host a study week in their home regions. We strategically provide a platform for the three groups of EMBA students in Greater China to interact and develop friendships.

Connecting to the Public

Since 2003, in collaboration with the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), we have been running the “Talking to CEOs” and the “New Thinking in Management” TV/Radio programmes. These programmes have been broadcast on several key media channels including RTHK Radio One, RTHK TV 31, i-Cable Finance Info Channel, now Business News Channel and now Direct Channel. Distinguished leaders, academics and government officials were invited to these programmes to share their experience and insights with the alumni and students.

To reach a broader audience, these broadcasts, as well as the content of our forums, conferences, seminars, etc., are published regularly in books, newspapers and magazines. Over 1,100 articles have been published over the years. Some of the published books have been converted to e-books so the public can access them easily.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities and Networking

To provide lifelong learning opportunities and enhance lifelong networking for EMBA alumni and students, we have been conducting different types of non-credit bearing seminars/events since 2002 and invited all EMBA alumni and students to attend. On top of the annual “Talking to CEOs” and the weekly “New Thinking in Management” TV/Radio programmes mentioned above, the programme also conducts the monthly EMBA Forum, the quarterly Left-Right Circles Theory Seminar, the semiyearly EMBA Alumni Insights, and the annual EMBA Annual Conference cum Reunion Dinner.

Alumni and students’ lifelong learning and networking are further enhanced by the numerous activities organised by the CUHK EMBA Alumni Association which, with the programme’s support, was established in 2014.

Weekend Teaching Mode Fits Frequent Travelers

Executives nowadays have to travel frequently to the mainland and overseas or stay abroad for a long period. In order to suit their travelling schedules, our classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays (two consecutive days) so that students only need to attend class normally once every two to three weeks.