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Look for Challenges, Fly Higher

On a fine Saturday afternoon on 16 July, 55 executives of the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (KH EMBA) KH18 Class celebrated the completion of their program with families and friends on the HKUST campus. The ceremony was presided by Professor Tony Chan, President of HKUST, Professor Chris Doran, Academic Director of KH EMBA, and Mr Greg Hanifee, Associate Dean of Kellogg School of Management. Mr Richard Li, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pacific Century Group, was invited to be the keynote speaker sharing his words of wisdom.

President Tony Chan warmly congratulated the graduates who have accomplished this highly regarded business program. “With our innovative spirit, we launched the first joint EMBA program in Asia in 1998. The program is designed to enrich your global experience and grow your career, and has been ranked No.1 in the world six times in the past nine years by the Financial Times.”

Mr Richard Li, a distinguished business leader and a forerunner in technology, expressed his pleasure to be invited to celebrate with the graduates of such an important milestone in their lives.

He shared his belief in “empowering people, fostering change with proper governance”, saying that that the KH EMBA program has equipped and inspired graduates to build something better and to improve themselves and the society. He also encouraged fellow graduates to embrace changes, treasure the new friendships made and be thankful to the loved ones who have supported them along the journey.

“Today marks the beginning of another exciting journey empowered by better knowledge, knowhow and new friendships,” Mr Li concluded. “The certificate that you will receive is not where things stop and it is not your shield against adverse situations. Adversity is still likely to come and haunt you, but you will defeat them as you have done so many times before. Look for challenges, fly higher.”

Also at the ceremony Professor Vidhan Goyal, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Finance at the HKUST Business School, was presented with the “Faculty of the Year”. Voted by the class, this prestigious award reflects the concerted efforts Professor Goyal made in improving the program, including the use of new teaching techniques.

This year, the 55 strong class of graduates includes students from 19 nations and 18 office locations. With an average of 14 years’ experience in their respective fields, some 38% of them flew in from Perth, St. Petersburg and around Asia to attend classes.

Mr Richard Li, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pacific Century Group, delivers the keynote speech at the ceremony.
Class photo of KH18 Class with HKUST and Kellogg faculty.