Rahul Sharma
Rahul Sharma

After completing high school in West Bengal, India, I moved to Bengaluru, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India, to pursue my undergraduate degree in business management. In the midst the financial crisis, I was one of the lucky ones to land a job at Goldman Sachs in India. I worked for close to 7 years in Goldman Sachs in their Bengaluru and Tokyo offices, in corporate actions. At Goldman Sachs, I experienced firsthand the multinational, diverse and competitive business world we live in. Goldman Sachs gave me ample exposure to the global corporate culture.

I strongly believe in investing in education and keeping up with the sea of change around us and hence I decided to pursue my MBA. While looking up various business schools, I came across HKU MBA and I was particularly interested in the HKU MBA programme because it has a strong Asian focus with a global class profile. Although  a young programme, it has been ranked No. 1 in Asia for six consecutive years by the Economist, which proves the ability of the programme to adapt and compete on a world class scale. The programme also provides a unique opportunity to students to study in the London Business School / Columbia Business School, so it does not lose out on Western business culture, and there is a month in China as part of the immersion programme. All these aspects attracted me to the HKU MBA programme.

The HKU MBA experience so far has been extremely enriching, engaging, and exciting. The China Immersion Programme was a real ice breaker. It not only gave me a chance to learn basic Mandarin and understand Chinese culture, but also gave me an opportunity to get to know my class better. Three weeks into the regular classes, I have already started experiencing the advantages of studying in a global MBA school. For example, the format of teaching is case study based, which is in line with other global programmes.

In my opinion, the programme is designed in such a way that it takes into account that a lot of candidates have  not been in touch with a classroom environment for a long time . Therefore the first  month is designed to be less intensive so that one gets enough time to settle down in a different country before kick starting the core syllabus. I am thoroughly enjoying my learning at HKU MBA and am eagerly awaiting the journey ahead!

Current Status

Employer: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Position:   Vice President
Location:  Hong Kong