Student Stories

08.08.2018

From L’Oreal to Burberry – Carol Zhou

Class of 2014 (United States)
Pre-MBA: Marketing Director, L’Oreal (New York)
Post-MBA: Director of Marketing – Asia Pacific, Burberry (Hong Kong)
Current: Senior Director of Brand Marketing - Asia Pacific, Marriott International (Hong Kong)

"Originally I had planned to work in Shanghai with my previous employer. Then one day, Burberry sent me a message through LinkedIn asking if I was interested in heading the marketing team in Asia for its newest division - beauty..."

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08.08.2018

A truly transformative experience – Theodore Milonas

Class of 2015 (Greece)
President, MBA Student Association 2013-14
Pre-MBA: Business Development, Energy Technologies and Biofuels S.A. (Greece)
Post-MBA: Management Consultant, PA Consulting Group (Switzerland)

"Student life at HKUST is extraordinary! In addition to studying, students can participate in a range of events organized on a daily basis by the MBA program and the MBA student clubs. It is more likely that you will run out of free time than events in which to participate..."

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08.08.2018

From UK to China – Tom Stahl

Class of 2014 (Germany)
Pre-MBA: District Manager, General Motors (UK)
Post-MBA: Director - Employee Benefits, MetLife (China)

"During the program, I attended the campus recruitment talk by MetLife. HKUST is one of the only two schools in Asia that MetLife targets for recruitment to its leadership development program in the region..."

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08.08.2018

Singapore Career Trek – Susan Yu

Class of 2012 (China)
Pre-MBA: Senior Auditor and Engagement Leader, Ernst & Young (China)
Post-MBA: Associate Director, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

"I connected with the HR team at Standard Chartered through the Singapore career trek during the MBA. The HR executive shared my resume with the hiring managers within the company..."

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08.08.2018

The HKUST MBA network – William Pein

Class of 2012 (Germany)
Pre-MBA: Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting (Frankfurt)
Post-MBA: Manager, BMW China Services (Beijing)
Current: Senior Manager, Steering & Business Management of Development and Projects China, BMW Group (Germany)

"If not for my classmate’s network, I wouldn’t have got the internship role, which was converted into a full-time job job after my graduation..."

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08.08.2018

A global career outside Asia – Minky Cho

Class of 2012 (Korea)
Pre-MBA: Project Coordinator, Citibank Korea (Korea)
Post-MBA: Management Associate, Li & Fung Limited (United States)

"The HKUST MBA has contributed a great deal to who I am today and has more than met my expectations. Having spent most of my life in Korea, I would never have expected that after my MBA, I would be doing business and product planning for Calvin Klein footwear in New York..."

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08.08.2018

A geographical and functional switch – Ken Shek

Class of 2013 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Product Planner, Blackberry (Canada)
Post-MBA: Account Manager, Channel Partners, Apple (Singapore)

"HKUST was my top choice due to its location in Hong Kong, which is uniquely positioned to offer an easier West–East transition. It is also the most globally recognized school in Asia, so if I return to the West in the future, its brand name will also help me there..."

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08.08.2018

Moving up the ladder in architecture – Han Hsi Ho

Class of 2012 (Taiwan)
Pre-MBA: Associate, HOK (USA)
Post-MBA: Associate Director / Studio Manager in Design + Planning, AECOM (Hong Kong)
Current: Founding Partner, Platform Design Associates (Hong Kong)

"My experience at HKUST MBA was above my expectation. Even though people might perceive HKUST MBA to be finance focused, the curriculum is very balanced with 5 career tracks, all of which are good for building up a well-rounded understanding of business for management roles..."

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08.08.2018

Why HKUST MBA – Jacqueline Lee

Class of 2015 (Singapore)
Pre-MBA: Business Relationship Manager, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)
Post-MBA: Corporate Sales, HSBC Global Banking and Markets (Hong Kong) 

"Employers are increasingly looking out for candidates with an international perspective. In a globalized world, we are competing not just against the best in our country, but the best in the world..."

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08.08.2018

Expanding my scope at Unilever – Ramiro Martínez-Pardo

Class of 2015 (Spain)
Pre-MBA: Senior Business Analyst, Unilever (Switzerland)
Post-MBA: Programme Leader, Strategy & Operations Team, Unilever (Global)

"The MBA at HKUST not only provides a sound business education, but it does so in a well-balanced class of people from the five continents while putting you in the heart of the most dynamic and thrilling economies of the world..."

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08.08.2018

A functional switch to front end roles – Bernard Fung

Class of 2012 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Computer Virus Analyst, Fortinet (Vancouver)
Post-MBA: Senior Product Consultant, Microsoft (Hong Kong)
Current: Account Director, Financial Times (Hong Kong)

"During the MBA, I got an internship opportunity at Microsoft in sales and marketing, which was converted to a full-time position after graduation. The role required more out-of-the-box thinking, as I needed to deal with clients much more often, which I truly enjoyed..."

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08.08.2018

4 must-haves for career success in Asia – Marc Boelen

Class of 2012 (Netherlands)
Pre-MBA: Manager, KPMG (Netherlands)
Post-MBA: Finance Director, Asia Pacific, Tommy Hilfiger (Hong Kong)
Current: VP Strategy & Business Development, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Crocs Asia (Singapore) 

From a manager at KPMG in Amsterdam to Finance Director, Asia Pacific for Tommy Hilfiger in Hong Kong, Marc Boelen - a newcomer to Asia - has gone a long way in just 13 months in the HKUST MBA program. How did he manage to achieve this big change?

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08.08.2018

A life exchanging experience – Archer Li

Class of 2008 (China)
Pre-MBA: Advertising Executive, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Gp
Post-MBA: Equipment Product Marketing Supervisor, Nike (China) 
Current: E-Commerce Director, Macy's China (Hong Kong)

Archer Li’s MBA not only gave him a new qualification, it also introduced him to his wife and helped him to change careers. A key to his success, he says, has been the opportunity to learn how to interact and communicate with people from different cultures during his studies.

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08.08.2018

From Consumer Goods to Banking – Michael Han

Class of 2017 (China)
Pre-MBA: Senior National Client Manager, Procter & Gamble (China)
Post-MBA: Private Wealth Advisor (China)

Michael used to work at Procter & Gamble as a Senior Customer Manager. He was elected as the leader of the HKUST MBA China Club. Here he shares his experience as a Chinese working with his multicultural teammates to organize the Mid-Autumn Festival party for the class.

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05.03.2019

Why HKUST MBA? – Aldric Chau

Class of 2014
Pre-MBA: Assistant Manager, Inflight Sales Operation, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Post-MBA: Lean Project Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Current: Head of Retail & e-Commerce, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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