CUHK’s EMBA Ranks No. 17 Worldwide

Among Top 20 Programs Worldwide for 11 consecutive years (2001-2012)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Executive MBA Program has once again proven its mettle in the Financial Times 2012 ranking of EMBA programs, results of which were released in October 2012.

In its latest global survey of 100 EMBA Programs worldwide, the London-based Financial Times ranked CUHK’s EMBA Program No. 17 in 2012. The Program has been consistently ranked high among the world’s top 20 EMBA programs since the newspaper’s first launch of global EMBA ranking in 2001.

“We are very pleased to see the good ranking performance,” said Prof. Andrew C. F. Chan, Director of the EMBA Program. “We were the first EMBA Program in Hong Kong, and are a truly made-in-Hong Kong product. Based on its unique insights and advantage, The CUHK EMBA program supports the business leaders in the ‘Asian Century’ to face all kinds of challenges. We will continue building on our track record of cutting edge research and teaching excellence. We believe these are the reasons why business leaders choose to study at CUHK Business School.”

FT’s Assessment of Program

Asked about FT’s assessment of CUHK’s EMBA program, Prof. Chan said among all independent EMBA programs in the world, the program’s alumni salary is the highest. The average annual salary is as high as HK$2,412,850. The program’s alumni also achieved a high salary increase rate of 45%. The program also scored highest in the areas of research publications, work experience, international students, international faculty and international advisory board among the independent EMBA programs in the Asia Pacific which were ranked among top 20.

“As always, ranking is not our foremost pursuit,” Professor Chan said. “What is important is maintaining our ability to nurture top-notch management talents to meet the needs of Hong Kong, the mainland and the world.”

Bridge to China & the World

Prof. Chan said that the CUHK’s EMBA program, in its role as middleman, wanted to bring the outside world to China, and vice versa. “We are orchestrating this activity in this region and we want to facilitate our teachers and students to be able to play that role.”

“We understand the two worlds, so we are in a good position to actually think of constructive ways of how to build joint ventures, how to facilitate trade and co-operation between the two parties. Our goal is to bring the world to China, and China to the world. There are four crucial dimensions to this: Chinese, Western, tradition and modernity. Students need to understand them all and apply them in real-life settings,” he said.

In order to achieve this, Prof. Chan said the people had to know the culture and understand the concerns of both parties, both in the observable way and in the hidden language.

Professor Chan continued: “We partnered with the EMBA Programs of Peking University and the National Taiwan University to conduct the first “Greater China EMBA Elite Study Week” in Hong Kong in 2011. Last year in February and October, the study week was respectively conducted in the National Taiwan University and the Peking University. We strategically provided a platform for the three groups of EMBA students in Greater China to interact and develop friendships. The week was the first of its kind conducted worldwide,” he said.

To enable students to develop a global perspective and interact with senior executives in different parts of the world, the program will also continue to organize global study trips. Professor Chan said that “last year, the students completed a global study program at the University of California at Berkeley. They’ll attend another global field study in another place this year.”

“Since executives nowadays have to frequently travel to mainland and overseas or stay there for a long period, our program, in order to suit their travelling schedule, will change our current class schedule from having class once a week to once several weeks, starting from the new academic year. Students will meet once on Saturday and Sunday every few weeks,” he said.

“Trickle Down Theory”

In developing CUHK’s EMBA courses, Prof. Chan said; “We will continue with our tradition of keeping a good balance between theory and application, and continue to innovate to make sure that we keep pace with the dynamics of the market place.”

As such, the program has, since 2002, enriched its syllabus considerably by providing more opportunities for students and alumni to share insights from business leaders.

To achieve this, the program has co-organized with RTHK the popular “Talking to CEOs” and the “New Thinking in Management” series. The “Talking to CEOs” program has been constantly broadcast on RTHK and other TV channels, and the “New Thinking in Management” program is aired live every Sunday afternoon on RTHK’s Radio One.

To reach a broader audience, the content of these programs as well as that of the EMBA Forum, Conference, Seminars, etc. is regularly published in the form of books, DVDs, CDs and newspaper and magazine articles. Some of the published books have been converted to e-books so the public can access them easily.

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