200 guests celebrate our new Financial Times ranking at the poolside party (Mar 5, Sat)
In the annual dinner for alumni this year, other than to welcome the new executive committee of MBAAA* on board, we also used the occasion (a poolside party this time!) to celebrate the world no. 6 ranking of our MBA.
That night at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, we got a full house with over 200 VIPs, faculty and alumni. We were greatly honored to have among our VIPs the former University President, Prof. Chia-wei Woo, our founding dean, Prof. Yuk-shee Chan who is now the President of another local university and our last dean, Prof. K.C. Chan, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury for the Hong Kong government at present. Our current University President, Prof. Tony Chan, Dean of our business school, Prof. Leonard Cheng, and MBA Program Director, Prof. Steve DeKrey, also graced the party with their presence.
The weather was too cold for anyone to swim in the pool. Yet the mouth-watering food, lucky draw (with fabulous prizes like a plasma TV and iPad) and the great company transformed the dinner into one of the most memorable evenings for all the guests. Even the VIPs were having so much fun that they almost stayed until the end of the party!
*”MBAAA” stands for the “MBA Alumni Association”, which is the official alumni organization for HKUST MBA program. Click here for more information on MBAAA.
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We won the Hult Global Case Challenge in Shanghai! (Mar 9, Wed)
Four of our current full-time year one students competed against other teams from schools such as CEIBS, Peking University and CUHK and won this regional event in Shanghai.
Gaurav, Venisa, Jeffrey and Lucas will fly to the New York City on April 28 to join the Global Final in which they will be put up against the winners of other regional events as well as the online competition for the global cup. They include teams from Stanford, Boston University, Serbia’s University of Belgrade and Milan’s SDA Bocconi.
The Hult Global Case Challenge competition is in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and Water.org, an organization co-founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon. The Global Winner will be awarded a $1 million prize that will go towards working with Water.org to implement their own clean water solutions. Also, former US President Bill Clinton will personally recognize each of the finalists and present the award to the winning team.
More than 130 teams from the world’s top academic institutions participated in the competitions, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, INSEAD and HEC Paris.
No matter what the final results are, the opportunity to present their ideas to prominent global leaders and see how they measure up against other brilliant minds from around the world is rewarding enough for the four HKUST MBA students. All the best to them in the Global Final!
Click here for more information on the Hult Global Case Challenge.
HKUST Credit Suisse Asian MBA Football Tournament – which Asia’s future business leaders had fun (Mar 19, Sat)
On March 19th, the HKUST MBA Program hosted the 2nd HKUST Credit Suisse Asian MBA Football Tournament. A total of eight teams from leading MBA programs across Asia competed fiercely for the trophy. Participating teams included teams from CEIBS, CUHK, HKU, INSEAD, NANYANG and HKUST.
After the round robin games in the morning the HKUST Alumni team and NANYANG came out on top of group one. INSEAD and HKUST emerged as winners of group two. In the first semi-final the HKUST Alumni team outlasted the HKUST full-time team in a penalty shootout after a dramatic last minute equalizer. In the other semi-final INSEAD prevailed over NANYANG. INSEAD beat the HKUST Alumni team in a clean and well-earned 2-0 victory in the final. This year’s trophy – presented by Credit Suisse – thus went to Singapore.
The tournament provided a unique opportunity to network with students from the leading Asian MBA programs. It helped build valuable informal networks beyond everyone’s MBA program, by bringing together Asia’s future business leaders. The credits go to Credit Suisse, the sponsor for the generous support on this event, as well as the participating teams and the referees who have ever supported in making this event a great success.
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