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Nurturing the World Leader

Program has adapted over two decades to meet changes and challenges in the new digital age

A changing world needs a new type of business leader, one who can think globally, work collaboratively, thrive in an environment undergoing constant disruption, and always remember that their organization can only prosper within a healthy society.

The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was launched in 1998, on the cusp of the 21st century, when the digital revolution was already underway, but few people were aware of the degree of disruption, and the nature of the new opportunities ahead.

Today the standards set by this EMBA are independently acknowledged to be the best in the world, both in terms of the quality of faculty and equally, if not more importantly, in terms of the caliber of the candidates accepted onto the Program. Each cohort gathers together an international mix of highly-motivated, experienced and talented executives, each of whom brings up-to-the-minute industry and territory-specific knowledge.

For the past 20 years, this Program has grown, in terms of the range of topics and courses taught, the number of links forged with partner schools around the world, and the network of new-generation leaders connected through its alumni network.

While both the HKUST Business School and the Kellogg School of Management have enthusiastically celebrated the 20th anniversary of this joint EMBA, there is no resting on laurels. New courses on technology are being introduced, and there is a drive to further improve the gender balance on the Program.

It is hard to predict what the world of business will look like in the future, but what does seem certain is that graduates from the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program will have the skills and the connections to help shape it.

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Conference on leading in an age of disruption celebrates 20 years of Kellogg-HKUST EMBA

Feting Alumni Who Made an Impact

Distinguished alumni are honored for their contribution to society

Mr Mei Ming (KH04 or Class of 2002), CEO and Co-founder of Global Logistic Properties; Mr Victor Herrero (KH05 or Class of 2003), CEO and Director of GUESS? Inc; Mr Hakan Bulgurlu (KH07 or Class of 2005), CEO of Arçelik; Ms Angela Dong (KH10 or Class of 2008), Global Vice-President and GM of Greater China of Nike; and Mike Gault (KH12 or Class of 2010), CEO of Guardtime

Staying On Top

As the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA marks its 20th anniversary, it is a good time to celebrate successes while also planning for the future in this rapidly changing world. The Program, which has regularly topped the Financial Times international rankings, built its reputation by offering an evolving combination of specialist knowledge and global experience.

Founders of Excellence

Professor Steven DeKrey brought HKUST and Kellogg together, and their joint EMBA Program became the envy of the world.

Shaping a Low-ego, High-impact Program

The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA enables business achievers to thrive with academic and emotional support, explains Kellogg-HKUST EMBA’s Academic Director, Professor Jaideep Sengupta.

Behind the Scenes

A dedicated team led by Ms Judy Au, Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program Director, is not only committed to help the students complete their demanding learning journey, but also work behind the scenes to make all graduates across the world stay connected, even after graduated for 20 years.

Great Teaching: Making an Impact

Every year, the Kellogg HKUST EMBA class chooses their best professor from amongst the 28 professors at both Kellogg and HKUST who have taught them. In his 14 years of teaching the Program, Professor Milind Rao has been nominated for the “Professor of the Year Award” every year and presented with the privileged title for a record five times! We sit down with Professor Rao to chat about teaching.