An Interview with Prof Micheal J Ferguson
Associate dean and director of MBA programmes, Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School (CUHK), Hong Kong.
What is the USP of the institute/programmes?
CUHK is the first business school in Asia. It was established in 1963. Three years later, in 1966, we started the first MBA programme in Asia. Subsequently, we started the first part-time MBA in 1977 and the first EMBA programme in Asia in 1993. We always delivered business education adopting an “East meets West” approach. While our curriculum are similar to any top school in the US, we believe we are the only school to offer a full range of China-related/unique courses in finance, capital markets, supply chain, marketing, HR and leadership. We emphasise on diversity, both in student intake and curriculum.
What are the perks of studying in Hong Kong?
From a business education and economic system standpoint, Hong Kong is still very “Western” compared to China. We serve as China’s financial centre. The unique positioning allows us to understand Chinese business from a global standpoint.
MBA institutes here are facing flak for not indulging in enough research. How can we learn from you?
CUHK Business School has been putting strong emphasis on research for a long period of time. I believe it is important to cultivate a research- oriented culture and faculty in order to improve quality and long-term sustainability of B-schools.