Putting skills in practice 

As well as offering an interdisciplinary curriculum, the HKU MBA also offers ample opportunities for students to apply their skills to real-world business problems.

One of the biggest experiential learning projects students work on is the Corporate Partnership Project, which connects MBAs to corporate professionals working in Hong Kong for mentorship and hands-on strategy experience.

Last year, companies involved in the Corporate Partnership Project included AXA Insurance, BCW, Nan Fung Group, Irostors, and CLP.

“They work closely with the [HKU MBA] team so they understand how the business is going in new directions, and that prepares them for the latest developments in industries,” says Ernest.

Students can also visit companies in Hong Kong, which Karolis (pictured below) particularly credits with strengthening his career development by broadening his understanding of markets and industries specifically in Asia, as opposed to Europe.

Launching a Successful Trading Career 

Directly after the program Hitesh landed another associate role at JP Morgan, Hong Kong, however not long after he used his degree to pivot into a new role.

Just one year later, Hitesh began working in FX Sales and Trading SSGM at State Street Hong Kong, a globally renowned investment company.

“[HKU] gave us many tips and tricks to build up your CV which really helped me a lot in getting a shortlist at State Street” says Hitesh.

He was able to successfully progress at the company within just 18 months of landing the role, taking on a managerial position and landing his current role as assistant vice president.

Today, he acknowledges the impact that studying his MBA at HKU has had on his career development. Working primarily in business development, a large portion of his day-to-day role involves working closely with potential clients and keeping a strong relationship with his existing clients.

Within his role, Hitesh focuses on his clients’ needs and negotiating with them. “We learned this exact content during our courses,” he says, adding that he used to carry out mock negotiations and mock discussion sessions at HKU.

The experiences he gained during his time there helped him build up the skills he needed to launch his successful career today.

A former JP Morgan associate, Hitesh Tanwani used his MBA degree to pivot into trading