Some schools focus on strictly teaching. Then, there are some that approach education in a different, more progressive manner. The alternative approach that is used by a select few elite institutions is to educate with care and concern.
Richmond Kweshi Ansah can attest to this. HKBU always puts its students first — something the MSc in Business Management student (Class of 2019/20) noticed from the get-go. The School of Business was quick to respond to his many emails and swift to address his concerns. When the protests happened, he received frequent and assuring information about the measures that had been put in place to ensure the safety and campus experience of students. To Richmond, his time at HKBU School of Business thus far has been “a remarkable journey”.
Located in one of the most important financial centres in the world, HKBU School of Business is the only business school in Hong Kong with accreditation from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. It is also part of only 1% of all business schools in the world that hold triple accreditation.
That’s not all. Other international recognitions include being ranked one of the Top 25 Asia Pacific Business Schools by the Financial Times in 2018; one of the Top 15 Young Universities in Asia by QS World University Rankings for the past five years; and 60th in Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2019. Moreover, Hong Kong is ranked 10th in the world in QS Best Student Cities 2019.
Despite its performance in rankings, what really sets the School apart is its care for students. Its aim is to break from the trend to focus narrowly and solely on curriculum. Which is why the School makes it a point to provide a supportive environment with the end goal of producing graduates, who, in turn, also care — about quality knowledge, their peers and the world they live in.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to face-to-face learning for quite some time, but this did not stop HKBU from carrying forward with this aim. Lessons continued regularly with health control measures in place, as did training workshops, talks, career services, and consultations using platforms such as Zoom.
Taking this a step forward, the School of Business also made sure that their goal to support and uplift students was in no way disrupted, especially during these unprecedented times.
How did it achieve this goal? A multi-pronged approach definitely helps. Students could reach out through multiple communication channels. They receive up-to-date information on safety and security measures. The Counselling and Development Centre and Student Affairs counsellors helped ensure the wellbeing of students scattered around the globe.
American student Kali Smith describes her experience at HKBU as one that “changed her for the better”. She commends the university for regularly scheduling online workshops, career fairs, and competitions. She says the School’s initiatives enabled her to interact with others and gain valuable experiences outside the classroom.
A place where East meets West
With 3,350 international and non-local students, and 312 international faculty members, the HKBU campus is one diverse environment buzzing with activity. Cultural diversity is what makes the School of Business a unique place for innovation, growth and success — it ties in neatly with another key core value at HKBU, which is “Be Global”.
Research shows campus diversity leads to a range of benefits, such as cognitive growth, increased understanding of democracy, and positive social interactions. These don’t just prepare HKBU business graduates for work in an increasingly interconnected world, but makes them stand out from the competition too.
Coupled with its emphasis on the innovative and creative thinking skills that the 21st century demands, it’s a setting that primes them to well-rounded, successful professionals. “You will receive the quality education that combines academics and human development”, says master’s student in Applied Economics, Shakhnoza Abzhabarova from Tajikistan, who adds, “Not only will you grow as a student, you will grow as a person”.
The HKBU campus is now open — safer and better than ever. Face-to-face teaching resumed on Sept. 28, 2020. Online classes will be available to students who are not able to return just yet.
Applications for the 2021/22 intake are underway. Secure a sought-after spot in the School of Business’s taught postgraduate programmes as soon as possible — competition increases as the year progresses.
Want to learn more about the HKBU experience? Check out this blog, where international students at this leading Asian university share their stories. Need financial aid? From full-waivers to one-off entrance scholarships, there are several scholarship opportunities open to international students — no additional application necessary. Learn more here.