CUHK EMBA among Top 25 of Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings for the 14th Consecutive Year

  • CUHK EMBA ranks 24th in the world
  • No. 1 independent EMBA in Greater China again (English-instructed)
  • Highest alumni salary among all independent EMBA Programmes in the world again
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School EMBA has been ranked 24th in the Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings 2014, placing it among the Top 25 in the world again for the 14th consecutive year since the newspaper launched its global EMBA rankings in 2001. The EMBA programme at CUHK Business School has been ranked the top independent English-instructed programme in the Greater China region again this year and has been the highest ranked independent programme in Asia for more than 10 years in previous years.

    Among the alumni of all independent EMBA programmes in the world, CUHK EMBA’s alumni have again achieved the highest level of salary three years after graduation, with an average annual salary of more than HK$2.1 million. Among all independent EMBA programmes in Asia Pacific in Top 25, CUHK EMBA has achieved the highest score in research publications, international diversity in advisory board and women percentage in student body and advisory board. The programme has also scored high in areas such as work experience, international course experience and international faculty.

    “We are very pleased to see the good ranking results,” says Prof. Andrew C. F. Chan, Executive MBA Programme Director at CUHK Business School. “We were the first EMBA Programme in Hong Kong, and it is a truly Made-in-Hong Kong product. As always, ranking is not our foremost pursuit. What is important is to maintain our ability of nurturing top-notch management talents to meet the needs of Hong Kong, the mainland and the world. We follow CUHK’s global vision and mission – ‘to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.’ We have established the ‘six pillars’* (Theories, Practices, Internal Network, External Network, Strategic Perspectives and Social Contribution) as our programme’s core value to positively influence the business community and society. We’ll keep on being innovative to keep pace with the dynamics of the marketplace.”

    The CUHK EMBA programme continues to introduce new course content and bring new learning experiences to the students. To enhance relevancy and practicality for quality teaching, the programme, in collaboration with Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Ltd. and other Business School faculty members, has developed a case study on the company this year. Annie Yau Tse, Chairman and CEO of the company, was also invited to the classroom to share her insights and discuss the real business case of Tse Sui Luen with the students.

    Working together with the Institute of Design Knowledge (IDK), a division of Hong Kong Design Centre, the CUHK EMBA programme is offering a new elective course “Design and Innovation Management” this year. The course aims to offer the opportunity for CUHK EMBA students to appreciate the value of design and innovation in management. It is designed as a platform for students to learn how to be innovative in decision making and to effectively communicate with the stakeholders. A group of designers practitioners arranged by IDK will attend the course so that students can mingle with them.

    The CUHK EMBA programme is also concerned with Greater China and international affairs. It organises regular “EMBA Insights” forums to discuss these issues. Past topics include sky-rocketing oil prices, the global financial tsunami and the Euro Zone challenges. Since 2002, the programme has been running the “Talking to CEOs” and “New Thinking in Management” TV/radio programmes as well as the “EMBA Forum” series. Distinguished leaders, academics and government officials were invited to these programmes to share their experience and insights with the alumni and students. These programmes have been conducted for more than 700 times over the years. Recently, Frederick Ma, Former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR government, delivered a speech on crisis management and communication tactics in crucial situations. Y. K. Pang, Chief Executive of Hongkong Land Ltd., shared his strategy of balancing the power and respect between corporate and the experienced management team.Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group, took Galaxy as an example to show us how entrepreneurs and business leaders transform their enterprises through innovation. Ashley Ian Alder, Chief Executive Officer of Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), talked about the SFC’s mission to make Hong Kong a better international financial center.

    To help students develop a global perspective and interact with senior executives in different parts of the world, the programme frequently organises overseas study trips. This past summer, the students visited large corporations such as BMW AG, Siemens AG and adidas AG in Germany and learned from them how to incorporate sustainability as a core value of a company to balance the interests of profit, people and planet in the long run. In August, the students completed a five-day intensive programme on “Technology and Innovation Management” at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States.

    In 2011, the programme for the first time partnered with the EMBA Programmes of Peking University and the National Taiwan University to organise the “Greater China EMBA Elite Study Week.” The partnership programme was the first of its kind in the world. The three universities are taking turns to host a study week in their home regions. This year in February, the study week was hosted by the National Taiwan University. Participants visited the Quanta Computer Inc. and Nova Design Co., Ltd. in Taiwan. The top management of these companies were invited to share their experience and insights with participants. The programme strategically provided a platform for the three groups of EMBA students in Greater China to interact and develop friendships.

    As for the class schedule, Prof. Chan said: “Executives nowadays have to travel frequently to the mainland and overseas or stay abroad for a long period. In order to suit their traveling schedules, our classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays (two consecutive days) so that students only need to attend class normally once every two to three weeks.”

    Further details about the Financial Times Global Executive MBA Rankings 2014 is available at: or click here to download the ranking results as a pdf.