Full-time MBA

China Immersion Programme

The HKU MBA’s dual focus on Asia-Pacific and China business renders it highly relevant to the wider region’s dynamic and ever-evolving business environment. Our unique China Immersion Programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about the vast diversity of China’s economy as well as the local business practices and culture. Students will get to visit various cities in Mainland China in order to understand one of the biggest and most important economies in the world, and while there will have the opportunity to build networks and connections with some of the best known companies within these cities.

The China Immersion Programme is designed to reinforce academic theory taught in the classroom through experiential learning, which is delivered via company visits, executive talks, and cultural immersion in Mainland China. The programme starts with the students learning about Hong Kong’s own business environment upon their arrival at HKU, followed by a chance to experience the Greater Bay Area during the first part of the China Immersion Programme at the end of the autumn term. Throughout the programme, students get opportunities to interact and network with business leaders and decision-makers at leading Chinese and international firms, as well as with HKU MBA alumni. These opportunities enrich them with a holistic view of local business practices and provide a valuable insight on recruitment processes and talent acquisition needs in the area.

On completion of their final foundation course, the students end their China Immersion Programme in Beijing. The time in Beijing will enable the students to deepen their understanding of the vast diversity of China’s economy as well as the cultural differences between China’s north and south. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the local cultures of each region, and the influence local culture has on society, through group tours and cultural events.

Class of 2022 China Immersion Programme
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the programme is designed to showcase the best of Chinese culture here within Hong Kong, providing an experience to foster academic learning, inspire cultural conversations, and offer some hands-on activities.

The first session this year was kicked off by an all-day field trip to Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong and steeped in history. Our Full-time students visited Ngong Ping via cable car to witness the majestic outdoor bronze Buddha statue “Big Buddha”, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, followed by a uniquely Chinese vegetarian lunch from Po Lin Monastery.

Students then embarked on a heritage walk to explore Tai O fishing village which included visits to the Kwan Tai Temple, built-in 1488 to honour the God of War and Righteousness, as well as the local market, one of the oldest and most vibrant in Hong Kong, immersing themselves in the local street culture and lifestyle.


Recap of Class of 2021 China Immersion Programme
The class of 2021 who have recently completed their studies in Hong Kong experienced the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and entire China virtually through webinars and panel discussions. The sessions were designed to be highly informative and interactive to ensure students still got an experiential learning experience, as similar as possible to in-person visits. Please reference the below for more details:

Topics which were covered in China Immersion Programme Part I included:

• The GBA-Panel Discussion 1: Living and Working in the Greater Bay Area
• The GBA-Panel Discussion 2: Economic Development & Talent Mobility in the Greater Bay Area
• The Job Market in the Greater Bay Area
• Shopee SZCB, Company Information Session
• LinkedIn Premium Training Session
• GBA Seminar Part 1: Doing businesses in China: the essentials
• GBA Seminar Part 2: Digital RMB in GBA:
(a) Fundamentals of Digital RMB (b) Related opportunities in GBA
• GBA Alumni Sharing

Topics which were covered in China Immersion Programme Part II included:

• Latest Developments from Greater China to GBA and Hong Kong by the CEO - Cyberport Hong Kong
• Seminar of Developments in China’s Innovation and Technology Landscape informed Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund (AEF)’s strategy by Executive Director - Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund
• Seminar of What differs ZA with other corporations as a Hong Kong based company with origins in Mainland China by Co-Head of Retail Banking - ZA Bank
• Seminar of China Digital Currency by the Chair Professor of International Marketing - HKU Business School
• Panel Discussion: China’s Economic and Business Outlook & Market Insights by Managing Director - China Merchants Securities International; Partner - KPMG China; Head of Business Development Services - Greater China of Cushman & Wakefield; Executive Director - Standard Chartered
• Seminar of What can history tell us about business today by Professor Chen Zhiwu, Director of the Asia Global Institute (AGI), Chair Professor of Finance
• Seminar of Insights into Alternative Investments: A View on China and Beyond by Managing Director - Brookfield Asset Management
• Presentation of Unleashing the potential of GBA with Fintech by the Group COO - WeLab
• Seminar of An Introduction about the China's New Consumption Market by the Associate Director - Fosun RZ Capital
• Seminar of Quality Management in China – Opportunities & Risks for overseas companies and brands by AVP, Canadian Tire Corporation – Shanghai Office
• Panel Discussion of Operating in China: Experiences from the field by Head of Cross Border Transactions, JD Technology; Investor Relations Associate, Tencent; Operations & Management Senior Manager - SF Express; Shenzhen based Venture Capital Specialist; Marketing Manager - 3M
Class of 2022 taking an all-day field trip to Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong. They embarked on a heritage walk to explore Tai O fishing village and immersed themselves in the local street culture and lifestyle
Class of 2022 taking an all-day field trip to Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong visiting the Big Buddha
Class of 2022 taking an all-day field trip to Lantau Island, one of the largest islands in Hong Kong visiting Ngong Ping via cable car
Class of 2022 learned and performed the ancient Chinese martial art of ‘Tai Chi’ at the hands of a renowned Tai Chi master
Class of 2022 joined the workshop hosted by a renowned tea house in Hong Kong, and learned the rich history of Chinese tea
Class of 2020 visited Schneider Electric in Beijing - July 2019
Class of 2020 visited the Headquarter of Didi Chuxing Technology Co which locates in Beijing - July 2019
Seminar of Latest Developments from Greater China to GBA and Hong Kong given by the CEO of Cyberport Startups and Partners - March 2021
Panel Discussion: China’s Economic and Business Outlook & Market Insights - March 2021
Class of 2021 attended the seminar of What differs ZA with other corporations as a Hong Kong based company with origins in Mainland China - March 2021