HKUST MBA 日本学生ページ移転&リニューアルのお知らせ

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HKUST MBA 日本人学生による学校紹介サイト
HKUST MBA - MBA受験生向け日本語サイト (アジア・香港MBA留学)

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MBA Admission Office にアドミッションポリシーについてインタビューしました。アプリカントの方には参考になることもあるかと思います。なお、質問項目については、許可をいただき日本の大手予備校アゴスのAGOS MBA Admissions Interview Seriesを参考にさせていただきました。

1) What has been the general trend (increase/decrease) in the number of candidates both applying and accepted over the past 5 years? Has this affected the number of Japanese applicants admitted?

Our increasing worldwide recognition has boosted the number of applicants from around the world in the past 5 years. But we have maintained roughly the same class size in order to build a closely knit student body and to ensure a high level of quality of our students. This has increased the competitiveness of our admissions for all candidates. So far, though, we haven’t observed any impact on the number of Japanese applicants admitted because of this.


2) A significant percentage of MBA applicants from Japan are sponsored by their company or organization. How do you view sponsored applicants who will return to their companies after completing the MBA?

We are neutral to whether applicants return to their companies or not after the MBA. What we are more concerned about is whether our program matches with the candidates’ need, and can help them achieve their goals.


3) If an applicant has only had domestic professional experience, in what ways can they strengthen their application to show their potential for success in your program?

Global exposure is but one of our considerations when we assess a candidate. Since all applicants have different strengths and weaknesses, for those with only domestic professional experience, they can focus on their strengths and what they can contribute to the program and to their class.

The HKUST MBA offers a highly international learning experience. An applicant with only domestic professional experience needs to convince us that he or she can adapt to the global environment and work with different people. Flexibility and teamwork are among the key elements that we will consider.


4) What key areas are assessed in the interview? And how do you assess fit between your program and applicants?

We will consider the extent to which the applicants’ expectations match what our program can offer. For example, if a candidate from Japan wants to do an MBA at our program to learn about Latin America business practices, then our program might not be in the best position to help him or her achieve the goal. If the candidate wants to study here to learn more about China/Asia business, then we will consider it a fit at least in this area.

Whether the applicants are the type of students we want to admit is also important. Since peer interaction is a key element of learning throughout the MBA, we are looking for high quality students from a diversity of backgrounds who are willing to exchange knowledge and share experience with peers. Also, we seek well-rounded candidates who have the potential to perform well in workplaces and meet any challenge with the proper business insight and cultural sensitivity.


5) What range of speaking and listening sub-scores do you like to see on the TOEFL?

We consider a score of 26-30 in speaking and 22-30 in listening to be above average in the TOEFL test.


6) What is the average range of Verbal and A.W.A. scores for admitted, non-native English speaking applicants?

A percentile of 50% and above in both verbal and A.W.A. scores is considered to be above average by us.


7) Are there any tracks, concentrations, electives or extra-curricular activities that are very popular among your students?

Since the finance industry is highly developed in Hong Kong and recruits a lot of people into different job roles, the finance track and the finance club are very popular among our students. Quite a number of our students are attracted by our expertise in China business so courses related to China business and the China field trips are also quite popular here.

Our students attend a lot of career related activities as well. Our career development office organizes regular workshops which boost students’ job hunting and interview skills, as well as company networking events that connect students with potential recruiters among other types of activities.

Actually, there is a lot of diversity in the backgrounds and interests of our students, which gives rise to a wide range of student clubs and activities. For example, the Energy Alliance and Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Club both target at niche markets but their events have been pretty successful. Native Japanese in the Japan club initiate trips to their home country which have been very popular among other students too. Case and business plan competitions are also actively participated by our students to put what they learn at class into immediate practice. In fact, there are so many activities available for MBA students that the only worry for most is to decide which one to join.


8) What would you like more people to know about your school?

We might not be one of the world’s oldest educational institutions, but today we are among the world’s top 10 recognized by prestigious parties like Financial Times. The HKUST Business School is more than just a place to learn. We aim at developing our MBA students to their full potential, preparing people to take the next step toward career success. And we do so by offering our students an intensive global experience, expertise in Asia and China business as well as a highly diverse and talented group of peers to study with.