Current position: Portfolio Manager
The program has been an incredible experience. As a foreigner in Hong Kong, I have been able to learn about a new culture and at the same time to drastically improve my knowledge of finance. The quality of the teaching faculty and the course contents are flawless and focus on academic excellence.
One of my favorite classes was "Trading in Equity Markets" with Prof. Mohammed Apabhai, Director of Citigroup Trading Strategies. It was a perfect mix between technical knowledge and practical views about the industry. The HKUST campus is wonderful, and it was a real privilege to study every day in that environment. HKUST taught me to never have dreams, but to always have goals.
Current position: Assistant Vice President
It has been a great privilege to become one of the first batch of full-time students of the program. Everything seemed new and exciting, and we were all very keen on specially designed course content.
I also appreciated the efforts of the MSc Programs Office since the admission interview. There were clear and thorough instructions for every key step we had to take. I felt well supported during the entire year of my study.
Current position: Associate, Infrastructure and Real Assets
As a foreigner in Hong Kong with no local language skills, I initially experienced several difficulties while looking for a job here. My career advisor was very helpful in preparing me for interviews and I was very lucky to have her assistance. Everything I learned during the program was extremely important and helpful. I was well-prepared even for the most challenging interview questions.
Current position: Associate
The program was a great combination of financial theories and practicality. It gave me a fresh perspective on current issues and the intricacies of the financial sector. The diversity and the intensity of the program enabled me to start a career in Hong Kong.
The courses and the professors actually helped me to chalk out my career path. For instance, the "Sustainable Investing" class sparked my interest in the field of sustainability within the financial sector, which led me to a part-time internship at Robeco.
I believe such experience has been a huge factor in my landing job at Natixis C&IB, which stresses social sustainability in their business model.
The support from the MSc Program Office was great. Whenever I needed help or had a question the team would be always there to assist me. Without such support, I believe I would have wasted a huge amount of time gathering information and figuring things out.
Current position: Investment Banking Analyst
During my study, I was positively influenced by my classmates who came from diversified backgrounds. They shared their experiences and knowledge with me; networking with excellent students and professors have pushed me further. The program provides different kinds of career services such as company visits, recruitment talks, soft-skill training, one-on-one coaching, an informative recruiting board, etc. The excellent career services and competitive peers were important factors that helped me succeed in securing a job.
Current position: Investment Product Specialist
I am delighted that the program has not only equipped me academically, but also helped me to gain the latest industry insights from the many electives that were taught by professionals such as a multinational expert in commercial real estate financing and a hedge fund manager, who specialized in investment strategies. Despite the fact that all of the knowledge is yet to be applied at work, for someone like me who has chosen an investment career, a solid foundation in different relevant areas has been built.
In line with the motto that “Opportunities are reserved for those who are well-prepared,” I’m truly ready to meet challenges and opportunities with confidence.
Current position: Investment Analyst
The program's well-designed curriculum equipped me with a wide range of academic knowledge and pragmatic skills in finance and investment. Professors with prestigious academic backgrounds and rich industry experience have a deep understanding of the latest investment industry trends and always put cutting-edge academic research and textbook theories to real-world practice.
The career service, shared with HKUST’s top-tier MBA program, was absolutely the best amongst all MSc programs that I’ve heard of. Especially the one-on-one career coaching with Director-level employees of famous financial institutes provided us with tailored plans and strategies for breaking into our dream industries.
I’m grateful for the days and nights spent with my classmates in the sea-view library and 24-hours breakout rooms, in which I learned a lot and made many good friends. The program office was very supportive. The staff responded to our requests in a timely manner and helped us to solve all sorts of problems. I'm really happy that I made the right decision in joining this program!