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Management MBA offers students flavour of Wales

Published on Friday, 06 Jul 2012
Edmund Wong
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HKMA/University of Wales

In the competitive business world, successful managers need to be well educated in order to respond to the ever-evolving business environment. The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) has joined forces with Britain’s University of Wales to offer an MBA programme helping managers strive for further career development.

The programme offered in Hong Kong is the same as that offered in Britain. “The award is mapped against identical standards, content and levels as the MBA home course offered in Wales. Students in Hong Kong therefore save time and money by studying at home, rather than travelling to the same course in Britain,” says Stephen Griffiths, MBA programme director, Hong Kong programmes, University of Wales.

The MBA comprises modules focusing on a great variety of topics including general management, marketing, finance, human resources management and entrepreneurship.

“The degree that students will earn is so much more than an academic qualification. It is a well-deserved recognition of one’s achievements and a proof of solid return on investment in the future. I trust that our prospective students will find the experience of learning very satisfying. We have students ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s. I would say that it is never too late or too early to start an MBA,” says Griffiths.

He notes that a degree is a considerable investment in time and financial resources for students and he hopes students can make the most out of it. “Studying an MBA is an investment in our students’ future, and when choosing our course of study, they will want to know that the degree they are studying will allow them to move forward in their career or in their academic field,” he says.

The programme’s approach is practical. “Contextualised content and a variety of assignments and case studies are tailored for local executives to facilitate learning in real-life applications. We offer regular face-to-face weekend lectures taught by local associate faculty members with rich industry experience,” says Griffiths. 

The programme suits busy executives who are aiming for stronger positions in life and the business world but find it impossible to study full time. “Students are usually at the positions of middle to senior management from various industries including finance, retail, professional services, manufacturing, civil and social services, business services, and communications. Most of them are university graduates, while some of them are diploma-holders with substantial managerial experience,” says Griffiths.

Graduation requires completion of eight taught modules and a dissertation. There are no exams. Instead students are assessed on written assignments and case studies.

The MBA programme can be completed in 21 to 24 months. The eight taught modules can be completed in 15 months and the dissertation can be finished in six to nine months.

Lectures and tutorial sessions are usually scheduled for weekends, to minimise the impact on students’ work schedules.

There are two intakes every year – in March and in September. Applicants should be university graduates, or possess post-secondary or professional qualifications, and have at least three years of management experience.

Edmund Wong, a group financial controller of a private company, chooses to study the MBA offered by the University of Wales because of its good reputation. “It is a well-known school and I hope to sharpen my business sense. Coming from an accounting education background I considered myself skills-savvy and I hope to learn more about decision-making in business.” he says.

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