Management Associate opportunities at Asian-based MNC (Feb 15, Tue)
Two of our graduates were recruited into the “Program for Management Development (PMD)” at the Li & Fung Group, a market leader in the global trade of consumer goods. This year, they returned to our school together with senior executives from their company to introduce the PMD to our MBA students.
Li & Fung is a great example of local Chinese business achieving global success. Its multinational business and presence in 40 economies naturally draw the attention of MBA students aiming at a global career.
The PMD was first launched in 2010 to recruit talents from around the world as Management Associates, who will go through a one-year rotational attachment to Li & Fung’s sourcing, distribution and retailing operations in any of its global offices. Upon successful completion of the first year, these future leaders will take up junior managerial roles and gain the necessary skills and exposure to move into senior management positions.
For our two graduates now working there (one from Germany and another from India), they will soon embark on a new journey to the next stop of their placement location – Thailand.
More information about the PMD can be found here.
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Executive Meetings with real business people (Feb 16, Wed)
The Hong Kong Unit Director of Oxfam Hong Kong met with 6 MBA students earlier this month to share her insights and experience working in the international NGO sector at an executive meeting. This was just one of many meetings across different industries arranged by our career office this year.
Career events such as company talks and visits are an integral part of our career services for students. They are effective in offering more information on a certain company and networking opportunities with potential recruiters.
Yet the scale and setting of such events may not be ideal if one wants to get more insider information of the industry and learn about the day-to-day work experience at a company, which are equally, if not more, important for those who are planning a career there.
The executive meetings involve only one senior business executive and at most 6 students at a time. After a short introduction on his/her career path by the executive, the discussion will be carried out in a purely Q&A format. This way, students can direct their questions at the executives and get immediate feedback in a casual setting, which can enhance interaction and connection between students and the executives.
The discussions usually focus on the executives’ own career development, industry insights, as well as everyday experience and challenges at their current jobs. Some of them are our own MBA alumni while others are invited by the career office through our school’s connections.
Given our students’ diverse backgrounds and career goals, we have invited executives from a range of industries to join the meetings. Below are examples of companies where some of them work at.
- Finance: HSBC, Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management
- Consulting: Deloitte Consulting, Gallup Consulting
- Communications: FutureBrand Greater China, Brunswick Group
- Luxury brands: Stones International Executive Search (Luxury Goods Industry)
- Real estate: Shun Tak Holdings
- Manufacturing: Flextronics Asia
“Run for Vision” – get sweated for good cause! (Feb 17, Thu)
Around 40 of our faculty, staff and students formed 3 teams to raise funds for Orbis and to celebrate our university’s 20th Anniversary in the “Run for Vision” event.
The event title carries a double meaning – running to help visually-impaired people to restore vision, and running for HKUST’s vision as a world-class university.
Over 350 members of the HKUST community, led by President Tony Chan, completed the 1-km route inside our campus. Each participant made a donation to Orbis to join the run, one of the 20th anniversary activities of HKUST that brought students, staff and alumni together.
Many of the MBA students rushed to participate in this meaningful event directly after class. But neither the humid weather, nor the fact that some still carried their laptops and bags as they ran, dampened their spirit that day!
It was also the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, known as the Chinese Lantern Festival or the Chinese version of St. Valentine’s Day. We were all treated with a bowl of dumplings with heart-shaped sweet potatoes to recharge our energies after the run.
Stay tuned for more news on the celebration events of our university’s 20th anniversary from us!
HKUST MBA named Education Fundraising Champion in Oxfam Trailwalker again (Feb 25, Fri)
Not only did our alumni teams complete the 100-km race within 48 hours, they have also raised a total of HK$199,001 and HKUST MBA took the Education Fundraising Champion Cup for the 7th time in history!
Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the largest fundraising sporting events in Hong Kong. Since 1986, it has raised over HKD300 million to support the charity group’s various poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects in Africa and Asia. It is a very challenging event since each team of four has to complete the 100-km hiking trail that crosses much of the New Territories in Hong Kong within 2 days.
A total of 4 teams formed by our alumni participated in this meaningful event. They were able to finish the trail in less than 40 hours. A big cheer to the Trailwalkers and huge thanks to the donors and the support teams who brought them food and encouraged them along the way.
The alumni are probably already looking forward to joining the race next time!
Click here for more information on Oxfam Trailwalker Hong Kong.
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