進修攻略 — 英國頂尖商學院攻讀MBA 增強競爭力 開拓國際視野 Fast-tracking your career with a triple-accredited Manchester global MBA

進修攻略 — 英國頂尖商學院攻讀MBA 增強競爭力 開拓國際視野 Fast-tracking your career with a triple-accredited Manchester global MBA
Jobsdb content teamupdated on 27 November, 2023
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投身職場一段時間後,不少人均想在不停下事業步伐之下進修,在職涯發展有所突破,工商管理碩士(MBA)自然成為大家的選擇。在眾多商學院之中應如何挑選,是一門學問。

英國頂尖學府曼徹斯特大學(The University of Manchester)擁有近200年歷史,其百年美譽和學術風氣在全球享有極高聲譽。The University of Manchester AMBS MBA課程主任Xavier Duran表示,其課程內容實用性極高,多元化及與時並進,迎合環球市場需要;配合覆蓋全球的學術網絡,學生可揀選曼徹斯特或其他國家交流,開拓國際視野和世界觀,增強競爭力。對於想突破自我和增值自己、在職場上轉型或計劃成立初創企業,均適合修讀此MBA課程,Xavier更會分享揀選MBA學院的貼士。

頂尖商學院屢獲國際認證

曼徹斯特大學商學院單是在歐、美、英獲得國際商學院協會(AACSB)、國際工商管理碩士學位協會(AMBA)及歐洲質量發展認證體系(EQUIS)3項國際認證,成為全球排名首1%的商學院獲此卓越評級,已是頂尖的象徵。此外,校友中共有25名學生和教職員榮獲「諾貝爾獎」,屬全英之冠,學術氣氛濃厚。

兩年兼讀制MBA採用混合式授課是課程特色,Xavier稱約有3至4個科目為面授,其餘則以網上形式學習,「由於大部分為在職學生,這種教學模式的好處是他們更能因應自己的時間和步伐作彈性靈活和自主學習。課程最大特色是曼徹斯特大學東亞中心在銅鑼灣設有校址。首年會有來自曼徹斯特的教授來港授課,3至4天的密集式工作坊,學習金融、經濟、會計、市場學、策略管理等理論和核心學科。第二年則以實用性為主,學生可選擇留在本港校址或到海外分校如曼徹斯特、杜拜、新加坡和上海等修讀選修科,如數據分析、數碼市場策略、連鎖經營管理等,透過到國際化的學習及接觸海外學生和校友,更能擴闊同學的國際視野和人脈。」

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▲The University of Manchester AMBS MBA課程主任Xavier表示,面授及網上學習的混合式授課靈活具彈性,而且實用性強,尤其適合在職學生報讀。

藉著多元化和互動的面授課程、實習和海外交流,學生能找到自己的興趣和發展方向。課程評分以商業個案分析論文和專案為主,不設考試,學生能將知識應用到實際個案,實用性高。Xavier指出MBA的教學沿用已有50多年歷史的「The Manchester Method」,「透過這實驗式學習,我們不會單純教授理論,而是展示如何透過理論得出結論,學生從中既獲得實用知識和體驗,也培養他們的思考模式,如分析和決策能力。」

熱門科目迎合環球趨勢

近年,人工智能和ESG(環境、社會和公司管治)成為各行業的新趨勢,在24個選修科中,不乏這些科目,如Digital Marketing Strategy、Digital Economy、Fintech, Digital Banking and Blockchain和Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business等,裝備學生成為能迎合市場需要的商業專才,協助僱主肩負社會責任,為品牌以至社會和地球建立可持續價值。Xavier也介紹兩大熱門科目,「Leading and Managing in a Global Environment是其中一個受歡迎的核心科目,熱門的選修科則是Work Psychology for Managerial Success,尤其是後者,學生可學習工作和行為心理學等軟技巧,為日後擔任成功的管理層作好準備。」

值得一提的是,學生如在入學前已修讀會計、金融等專科,持有註冊會計師資格(CPA)、特許金融分析師(CFA)或英國特許管理會計師公會(CIMA)等牌照,可豁免修讀部分MBA課程和學分,原本需要24個月完成的課程,可縮短至18個月,是節省學習時間的捷徑,以上專業人士值得考慮報讀。

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▲課程提供多個迎合市場需要的科目,如人工智能、金融科技、ESG、職場心理學等,為學生作全方位的裝備。

認清目標 拓闊國際視野及職涯發展

曼徹斯特大學商學院一直與國際分校和多間大學擁有緊密連繫,如日本東亞大學,半數學生來自香港,其他則是日本、南韓、台灣、澳門,還有陸續增加的廣東和深圳學生。Xavier稱,「這種連結和網絡對於有意踏出香港,開拓亞太市場的學生極有幫助。東亞大學亦不時會舉辦不同活動,而且來自世界各地的校友社群龐大,有利營造商業人際網絡。」
Xavier又指,商學院不但與各地著名的獵頭公司有連繫,並提供全方位的活動協助學生部署職涯規劃,「如就業講座、網上研討會、一對一履歷諮詢服務、求職技巧工作坊等,都能為學生及早裝備,打造專業而有深度的履歷,無論學生畢業後計劃踏足海外發展、進行事業轉型或創業,均具有更強的競爭力和專業性。

對於如何挑選適合自己的MBA課程,Xavier認為必須定立明確目標,畢業後想得到甚麼?「繼續留港發展事業或向世界出發;事業發展方向如何,晉升為會計師、律師,甚至轉型,或成立品牌,開創微企業?無論如何,曼徹斯特大學商學院的知名度、課程及網絡國際化,都能為學生提供大開眼界的學習體驗、增強個人技巧、擴闊人脈,以至掌握營運初創企業的秘訣,有利長遠的職涯發展。」更重要是,修讀一個曼徹斯特大學商學院MBA,已能認識多個專業範疇,打造更亮麗的履歷。

慶祝創校200周年

明年曼徹斯特大學將踏入200周年,是標誌性的里程碑。Xavier透露屆時將於具有深厚歷史文化背景的曼徹斯特舉行一連串活動,「介紹學院和城市200年來的變遷和歷屆知名校友等,一班來自世界各地的校友將參加派對,慶祝盛事。」今次特意來港的他出席大型的香港校友會聚餐,數十屆的舊生在不知不覺間凝聚了團結的力量,大家都為畢業於曼徹斯特大學商學院引以為傲,Xavier稱這是一次難忘的香港旅程。

"個別僱主可酌情決定是否承認本課程可令學員獲取的任何資格"

Fast-tracking your career with 

a triple-accredited Manchester global MBA

With a student intake of working professionals from Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan, the course provides distinct advantages for those eyeing to venture abroad or advance their careers locally.

For professionals who hope to take their careers up a notch, many would look to further their education with an MBA. However, it's no easy task to select the right business school from the multitude of choices.

With a history spanning nearly 200 years, The University of Manchester is a globally renowned institution known for its academic reputation, as is its Global MBA programme.

"The programme's level of practicality, diversity, and business relevance respond to the current needs of the market. The school's extensive academic network allows students to study their elective courses in Manchester or other centres worldwide to broaden their international horizons and enhance their competitiveness. It is especially well-suited for those looking to accelerate growth, change direction, or create a start-up," says Xavier Duran, [MBA Programmes Director, Alliance MBS, University of Manchester].

A top-tier business school with triple global accreditations

The Alliance Manchester Business School is synonymous with the highest standards of excellence. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in the US, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in the UK, and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) in Europe, placing it in the top 1% of business schools around the globe. Additionally, the university boasts 25 Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni and staff, cementing its leading position in the UK.

The two-year part-time MBA programme adopts a blended learning approach, with three to four subjects taught face-to-face while the rest are delivered online. It is highly flexible and portable, meeting the needs of busy working professionals and fitting around their schedules and pace of learning.

"Another absolute highlight is that The University of Manchester East Asia Centre has a physical campus in Causeway Bay. In the first year of the programme, professors from Manchester would come to Hong Kong in person to lead a three- to four-day intensive workshop on theory and core disciplines such as finance, economics, accounting, marketing, and strategic management," he added. "The second year primarily focuses on practicality, where students have the option of taking their electives either in Hong Kong or at the Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai, and Singapore centres."

The school offers a wide range of electives, covering big data analysis, digital marketing strategy, and strategic commercial management. What's more, candidates can benefit from international exposure and social networking with overseas students and alumni to broaden their global vision and connections.

▲Xavier Duran, [MBA Programmes Director, Alliance MBS, University of Manchester programme], says that the programme's highly flexible and portable blended learning approach is made to fit working professionals.

Thanks to the diverse and interactive face-to-face workshops, internships, and overseas immersion, students have the opportunity to discover their personal interests and career paths. The programme also moves away from traditional exams and uses practical business case assignments as the main form of assessment. It allows students to apply the skills and knowledge they learned to real-life business challenges.

He adds that the MBA programme follows the "Manchester Method" teaching approach, which has been in practice for more than 50 years. "Through this experiential approach, we don't simply teach theory, but we guide students to draw conclusions from theory. Students acquire practical knowledge and hands-on experiences while also developing their analytical and decision-making skills," says Xavier.

Top-notch course offerings that move with the times

Recognising the growing importance of AI (artificial intelligence) and ESG (environment, social, and governance) across different industries, the programme offers as many as 24 electives, including Digital Marketing Strategy; Digital Economy; Fintech, Digital Banking and Blockchain; and Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business. They help candidates to be more market-facing and guide them to lead corporate social responsibility initiatives and create sustainable value for brands, society, and the planet.

Xavier explains that 'Leading and Managing in a Global Environment' is the core subject of choice among the many courses offered, while 'Work Psychology for Managerial Success' is the most popular elective. "The latter is specially designed to help students acquire soft skills on workplace and behavioural psychology, preparing them to take on more senior leadership roles in their careers," he says.

According to him, interested professionals who have studied accounting, finance, or related disciplines in their previous education or already hold a professional qualification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CA), or Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) may be exempted from certain courses and credits. They can consider choosing this path to shorten the duration of study from 24 months to 18 months.

▲The Manchester Global MBA programme offers a wide range of subjects that respond to market needs, such as artificial intelligence, fintech, ESG, and workplace psychology, providing candidates with all-rounded exposure.

The route to career growth and a global vision

The Manchester Business School maintains strong connections with international campuses and universities, including The University of East Asia, Japan. Half of the students are from Hong Kong, while the others come from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, and an increasing number from Guangdong and Shenzhen.

Xavier emphasised, "These connections would prove immensely rewarding for students who are keen to tap into the Asia Pacific market beyond Hong Kong. The school's regular activities and the global footprint of its extensive fellow alumni community can help students build their valuable business networks."

In addition, its close relationships with some of the world's best headhunting firms are also here to give students the important tailored career support that they need.

"Employment seminars, online webinars, one-on-one CV and application consultation as well as job search workshops, help candidates become even more employable. Whether they plan to pursue their careers overseas, make job transitions, or start their own company, they will graduate with greater finesse," says Xavier.

When it comes to choosing the right MBA programme, Xavier believes that it is important to set study targets that align with their goals after graduation.

He said, "For example, do they want to continue to develop their careers in Hong Kong, or embark on an adventure elsewhere? Or would they hope to become accountants, lawyers, establish brands, or even start a micro and small firm?" He believes that not only does Manchester Business School's reputation, curriculum, and international network give students an eye-opening experience, but it also enhances their skills and networks and even teaches them how to operate start-ups. All these ultimately contribute to the long-term success of their careers. After all, the Global MBA programme itself comes with multidisciplinary knowledge that already sets students apart from the competition.

Celebrating the bicentennial milestone

Next year will mark the 200th milestone anniversary of The University of Manchester. Xavier revealed that a programme of activities awaits in the historical and cultural city of Manchester.

"These events will offer a glimpse into the university's luminaries and the changes that it has witnessed over the past two centuries. And it's an open invitation to our fellow alumni from far and wide," said Xavier.

Recalling his trip to Hong Kong, Xavier found the school's grand gala dinner, which he attended with generations of graduates, an unforgettable memory. It was that overflowing sense of bond and feeling of unity that made this journey one that he will always cherish and remember.

*Registration No. 250144. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

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