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Asia School of Business (ASB) is a partnership between MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia) with the goal of creating a business school offering business administration related courses in the form of a 20-month full-time MBA program and executive education classes for students from Malaysia and around the world. Through the partnership, MIT Sloan and Bank Negara collaborate on academic program design, curriculum design, organizational design, admissions, and the administration of the Asia School of Business. Courses at ASB are taught by MIT Sloan faculty and local ASB faculty, with the latter also serving as MIT Sloan International Faculty Fellows who spend time teaching and conducting research development at MIT's main campus. Students in the full-time MBA program study at both the MIT Sloan campus located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the ASB campus located in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur. The collaboration between MIT Sloan and ASB is currently overseen by Professor Athanasios Orphanides and Professor Eric So of MIT Sloan. The current Dean of ASB is Professor Charles Fine, an operations professor at MIT Sloan.

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 51,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. Across Greater China, there are 22 offices servicing the local market. The company won four of the top awards in the Euromoney Survey 2017 & 2018 in the categories of Overall, Agency Letting/Sales, Valuation and Research in China. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services.

To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com.hk or follow us on LinkedIn.

CUHK Business School

The School vision “To develop global business leaders for the Asian Century.” reflects China’s emergence in the world economy which has created a need to educate a new generation of business leaders – ones who possess knowledge of Asian markets, China in particular, and yet have a global mindset.

With its unique historic ties in China since its establishment in 1963, and world class business programs and research, the School is in an unparalleled position to develop the leaders for tomorrow – to equip them for the “Asian Century”. CUHK Business School is the pioneer of business education with the first BBA, MBA and EMBA in Hong Kong and the region and has nurtured more than 35,000 alumni to form a major pillar of the local and regional business community.

CUHK Business School’s EMBA and MBA programs are ranked of 29th and 43rd respectively in the Financial Times Rankings 2018. The School has a range of post-graduate collaborations with top universities worldwide. The School runs dual MBA degree programs with HEC in France, Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, University of Texas at Austin, and masters teaching partnerships with Tsinghua University and Shanghai National Accounting Institute in China (Executive Master of Professional Accountancy, EMPAcc). CUHK Business School has also pioneered the internationalization of its undergraduate curriculum through initiatives such as the BBA in Global Business Studies (GLOBE), International Business and Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) and the Asian Business Studies (ABS) modules.

In GLOBE, 54 students each year from CUHK Business School, Copenhagen Business School and the Kenan-Flagler Business School in North Carolina study together as one cohort in three locations across the world. In IBCE, upon completion of the 4-year undergraduate degree, students will then continue the 1-year Master of International Business program at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Students who are interested in pursuing careers in Asia may also select the ABS modules. After the rst year of study, students selected into the program complete one term of study each at two renowned institutions, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and Waseda University in Japan respectively. Looking onto the future, CUHK Business School will continue to provide world-class business education and research with an emphasis on Asia, which will be instrumental towards achieving global impact in view of the emerging role of the region in the global arena.

China Business Knowledge (CBK):

China Business Knowledge is the knowledge platform of CUHK Business School. It aims to make accessible the School’s China and World research and provide insights and commentaries to the academic, business and student communities.

School Website address: bschool.cuhk.edu.hk
CBK Website address: cbk.bschool.cuhk.edu.hk


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Established in 1991, the HKUST Business School has risen to international prominence in a remarkably short period of time, achieving widespread global recognition and a variety of prestigious academic rankings. Always striving for excellence, our strength lies in our full range of program offerings, our quality research, and our diverse faculty and students.

Our full suite of degree programs, as well as a wide range of executive education programs, means that the HKUST Business School is always at the forefront of educational development and business thinking. We have established an excellent international reputation for our postgraduate degree programs. Our MBA Program has been ranked the world’s Top 20 for ten consecutive years by the Financial Times, while the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program has been ranked the world’s No.1 for seven times and No.2 for three times in the past ten years.


The HKUST Business School was the first business school in the region to have been awarded accreditation by both the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

With a steadfast commitment to research and thought leadership, we maintain state-of-the-art centers of learning and exploration devoted to a multitude of areas ranging from FinTech and Family Business to Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Our unique Asian and global perspectives are made possible by our 150-strong international faculty. These leading thinkers and their diverse national, cultural and ethnic backgrounds come together to provide our students with a consistently engaging and highly stimulating environment for learning and research. Our graduates strive to make a positive impact on both the business world and the wider society.

We are strategically located at the heart of Asia’s economic center. Our students not only enjoy access to a unique fusion of East-meets-West, but also excellent proximity to China and the opportunity to experience the vitality of one of the world’s most important economies.

KPMG China operates in 16 cities across China, with around 10,000 partners and staff in Beijing, Beijing Zhongguancun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Foshan, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. With a single management structure across all these offices, KPMG China can deploy experienced professionals efficiently, wherever our client is located. 

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and regions, and have 189,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG China was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong office can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to the China market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in the Chinese member firm’s appointment by some of China’s most prestigious companies.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us @marriottinternational on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and marriottintl on Instagram.

Modern Terminals was established in 1969 and has been committed to operational excellence and to providing its customers with the best service possible ever since it opened Hong Kong's first purpose-built container terminal in September 1972.  It also operates and has a majority shareholding in DaChan Bay Terminals and holds equity stakes in Shekou Container Terminals and Chiwan Container Terminal in the Pearl River Delta. The company’s expertise in the industry, deployment of state-of-the-art equipment and the commitment of its people enable it to deliver a unique customer experience at the terminals it operates. The company’s mission is to be the preferred partner for world-class terminal and supply-chain services, building global connectivity for the sustainable development of local economies and the improvement of people’s well-being.

In January 2019, Modern Terminals together with three other terminal operators formed the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance with an aim to enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Hong Kong.

Built on a legacy of innovation, Otis invented the elevator safety brake in 1852, giving rise to the modern city and forever changing how people connect and thrive in a taller, faster, smarter world. Today, we’re the world’s leading elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service company. We can be found in many of the world’s most recognizable buildings, as well as the busiest transportation hubs and retail centers – we’re everywhere people are on the move. With a global maintenance portfolio of more than 2 million elevators and escalators, approximately 2 billion people are moved by our products every day. Headquartered in Connecticut, Otis is 68,000 people strong, including 40,000 field professionals, all committed to meeting the diverse needs of our customers and passengers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @OtisElevatorCo.

Tricor Group (Tricor) is the leading business expansion specialist in Asia, with global knowledge and local expertise in business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services. Tricor provides the building blocks for, and catalyses every stage of your business growth, from incorporation to IPO.

Tricor serves 50,000 clients with a staff strength of 2,600 employees, of which 630 are certified professionals, including qualified accountants and company secretaries. We operate out of 47 offices in 21 countries / territories across the globe.

United Airlines operates daily nonstop services from Hong Kong to San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and four-time weekly flights to Guam.

United Airlines unveils reimagined international travel experience – United Polaris Business Class – designed to bring a new level of quality to every aspect of premium cabin travel from lounge to landing and provide the best sleep in the sky.

United added Boeing’s latest generation Boeing 777 aircraft, the 777-300ER, to Hong Kong – San Francisco route featuring the all-new United Polaris business class seats with direct access to the aisle. All other aspects of the United Polaris inflight experience – from bedding to amenities to beverage and dining service – is now available on any long-haul international flight across global network.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com.

Visa is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payments network — enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We facilitate commerce across more than 200 countries and territories among a global set of consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities.

For 61 years, Visa has been in the business of facilitating payments between consumers and businesses. With new ways to pay, we are evolving into a company that enables money movement for everyone, everywhere. We are focused on extending, enhancing and investing in our proprietary network, VisaNet, while seeking new ways to offer products and services and become a single connection point for initiating any transaction, both on the Visa network and beyond.

As one of the world’s largest electronic payments networks, our fundamental business model is based on the following:

  • We facilitate secure, reliable and convenient transactions between financial institutions, merchants and account holders.
  • We offer a wide range of Visa-branded payment products that our 15,500 financial institution clients use to develop and offer core business solutions, including credit, debit, prepaid and cash access programs for individual, business and government account holders.
  • We take an open, partnership approach and seek to provide value by enabling access to our global network, including offering our technology capabilities through application programming interfaces (APIs).
  • We are accelerating the migration to digital payments by enabling new types of transactions beyond the core consumer-to-business payments to person-to-person, business-to-consumer, business-to-business and government-to-consumer payments.
  • We provide value-added services to our clients, including consulting and analytics, fraud management and security services, merchant solutions, processing capabilities and digital services like tokenization.
  • We invest in and promote our brand to the benefit of our clients and partners through advertising, promotional and sponsorship initiatives with FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, and the National Football League, among others.