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Our EMBA Program is the first EMBA program in Hong Kong and remains a truly made-in-Hong Kong product. It was initially offered by the CUHK Business School in 1993. Time flies. This year, the program marches forth into its 24th year.

CUHK EMBA’s Motto and Six Pillars
We aim to maintain its ability of nurturing top-notch management talents 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 program’s core value to enhance the wellbeing of the business community and society. We keep on being innovative to keep pace with the dynamics of the marketplace.

International Recognition
In the 2017 Financial Times Global Executive MBA Ranking which features 100 top business schools, CUHK EMBA remains to be the top independent English-instructed program in the Greater China region and has been ranked 32nd in the world, jumping from the rank of No. 37 achieved last year. Among the alumni of all English-instructed independent EMBA programs 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 around HK$2 million. The program’s alumni also achieved a high salary increase rate of 51%. Among all independent EMBA programs in Greater China, CUHK EMBA has achieved the highest score in students’ pre-EMBA work experience, international diversity in students, faculty and advisory board, students’ international course experience, School’s research publications and female percentage in student body and 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 three case studies entitled “TSL Jewellery: An Innovator Across Generations,” “Hung Fook Tong: From Hong Kong to China” and “AMOREPACIFIC Hong Kong: Marketing Korean Beauty Products.” The first two cases were eventually published by Ivey Publishing and are also currently available at the Harvard Business Publishing website. Annie Yau Tse, Chairman and CEO of Tse Sui Luen, and Ricky Szeto, General Manager of the Hung Fook Tong Group, 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 designers 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 in different parts of the world, we frequently organize overseas study trips. This year, one cohort of students completed two global field trips, traveling to Myanmar and Israel. Another cohort of students completed a global study trip to Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Greater China Learning Experience
To widen students’ perspective in Greater China, we partnered with the EMBA Programs of Peking University and the National Taiwan University to conduct the “Greater China EMBA Elite Study Week,” which was the first of its kind conducted worldwide. The three universities are taking turns to host a study week in their home regions. We strategically provided 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 programs. These programs have been broadcast on several key media channels including RTHK Radio One, RTHK TV 31, i-Cable Live News Channel, now Business News Channel and now Direct Channel. Distinguished leaders, academics and government officials were invited to these programs 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. More than 950 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 programs mentioned above, the program also conducts the monthly EMBA Forum, the quarterly Left-Right Circles Theory Seminar, and the annual EMBA Annual Conference cum Reunion Dinner.

Alumni and students’ lifelong learning and networking are further enhanced by the numerous activities organized by the CUHK EMBA Alumni Association which, with the program’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 traveling 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.

Andrew C. F. Chan, PhD, SBS, JP
Director, EMBA Program