When it comes to pursuing a business education, where you get your degree is pivotal in shaping your academic journey and future career. Among the many options available, the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) School of Business stands out for several compelling reasons. Here are just six that will place it at the top of your list.
It’s just as generous as it is excellent
The HKBU School of Business is one of the 1% of business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation from leading accreditation bodies: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. It makes waves in global rankings, too, placing #4 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 for Quality Education and claiming the #10 spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 for International Outlook.
But don’t let prestige fool you, the School’s various impressive scholarships underscore its dedication to making quality education accessible to all. Its International Postgraduate Scholarship covers full tuition and provides a living allowance of approximately US$12,820. “It was a lifesaver,” says MSc in Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing (MScEGM) student Jessa Alfajardo from the Philippines. “It gave me a chance to remain in Hong Kong and further advance my knowledge in entrepreneurship.”
At the undergraduate level, the University also offers generous admission scholarships to non-local students. A full scholarship of HK$195,000 is available for non-local applicants at the time of entrance into HKBU. It is renewable for normal duration of study subject to the student’s achievement of good result.
Enrichment beyond borders
The School offers a range of sponsorships to students looking to expand their skill sets beyond Hong Kong too. “Currently, we have more than 260 overseas exchange partners in 44 countries. Students can also study abroad for one semester or one year, or during summer and winter breaks, for free,” says Dr. Monique Wan, Associate Dean (Taught Postgraduate Studies).
For Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student Aung Myo Thein from Myanmar, this meant spending a semester in the Netherlands. “I was fortunate to have extra scholarships and sponsorships from HKBU and the School, so I didn’t have to take a lot of money out of my pocket,” he says. “It was really an eye-opening experience because it was my first time in Europe and I learned about their cultures.”
The School not only boasts double degree collaborations for Taught Postgraduate students with the Burgundy School of Business, Emlyon Business School, KEDGE Business School, and the University of Navarra, but also offers double degree programmes to undergraduate students in collaboration with Kozminski University, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, and NEOMA Business School.
Welcoming talent from near and far
The HKBU School of Business thrives on diversity, welcoming students from various backgrounds and cultures. In fact, its 2023-24 cohort represents 45 countries and regions such as Australia, France, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan, Mainland China, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, the UK, and the US.
Their opinions and insights are heard not just in classrooms but beyond them in events such as seminars, workshops, and cultural exchanges too — all of which not only enhance academic learning but also cultivate a sense of unity among students.
“Since our first day, we have received schedules via email about what’s going on around campus and how we can get involved,” explains MSc in Applied Accounting & Finance (MScAAF) student Leonard Lenhoff from Sweden.
Unwavering support, dedicated graduates
The strength of the HKBU School of Business alumni network is a testament to the institution’s impact on the professional world. Its 25,000 graduates, spread globally, excel in many industries.
Plenty owe their success to the school’s Career Services Section and the University’s Career Centre, which aim to nurture business students into future leaders in a global marketplace. They enhance career prospects by instilling crucial competencies, helping students build a professional portfolio and hosting a range of tailored career development events and coaching sessions.
It’s little wonder why graduates hold a special bond with HKBU and its business school, often giving back by sharing insights with faculty members to keep programmes updated and mentoring students hoping to follow in their footsteps.
A programme for every interest
The HKBU School of Business offers a broad spectrum of programmes, allowing students to tailor their education to their unique career aspirations. From general business administration to specialised fields, each programme equips learners with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving professional landscape. The School highly advocates learning autonomy by offering free e-learning courses for students to explore their interest and acquire in-demand digital skills to fulfil their career aspirations.
“We look into market trends, we speak to alumni and we engage experts to keep all courses relevant,” says Mr. Ryan Man, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies). “We also recruit from various fields. For example, we have a faculty member from IBM who teaches how technology is being integrated into business and we also have an educator with a strong background in social enterprise.”
At the postgraduate level, the school offers a Master of Accountancy, Master of Human Resources Management, MSc in Applied Accounting & Finance, MSc in Applied Economics, MSc in Business Management, MSc in Corporate Governance and Compliance, MSc in Data Analytics and Business Economics, MSc in Entrepreneurship and Global Marketing, MSc in Finance (FinTech and Financial Analytics), MSc in Marketing for the Creative Economy — all of which are as experiential as they are comprehensive.
“Our programmes offer executive workshops, seminars, internships, field studies, and capstone projects, providing students with not only practical exposure but also the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and gain international exposure,” says Dr. Wan.
The ultimate destination to live, learn and thrive
Situated in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, HKBU’s state-of-the-art campus is filled with facilities — several of which are reserved for business students, such as the Bloomberg Laboratory, Datastream Laboratory, and Simulated Trading Laboratory. The city itself — ranked 12th in the QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2023 — is known as the “premier hub of professional capabilities for Mainland China and Asia Pacific as a whole.”
Many graduates find carving a career in one of the most services-orientated economies in the world a highly attractive prospect. That is why both Jessa and Leonard already plan on remaining in the city after graduating. Chances are they will, as graduates are assured of a 24-month stay in Hong Kong post-graduation, irrespective of their employment status.