Views from Our Graduates
"Having considered both a PhD and a DBA, I find the DBA programme to be more appropriate and relevant for a senior executive. It provides a clear structure and guidance in the intended research with personal support to facilitate the research process.
The CityU DBA programme gives me the opportunity to study topics related to my work in advising our clients on R&D globalisation strategies. It will allow me to gain a better understanding of the factors that impact future R&D extensions and effectiveness. The programme provides an inspiring environment in which participants from diverse backgrounds contribute to discussions, offering different views and their rich experience."
Everest Time Limited
"After many decades in watch industry, the DBA programme of City University of Hong Kong has equipped me with the modern knowledge to explore the traditional watch industry from another perspective. I have to thank all the professors for their dynamic knowledge which is very important in leading me to the right direction on the research road. The College of Business, being one of the top business schools in the world, has provided excellent design of the programme for the executives and top management. Here, I meet learning partners from various professions and I am glad to have lots of supports and sharing throughout the study and research journey. I must say I am proud to be part of the CityU DBA family!"
Systems Partner Company Limited
It seems like just yesterday that I started my DBA studies. I can still remember the day that I first met the Professors, Learning Partners and the DBA team members in my cohort. Thanks for their help and the greatest support from CityU. I managed to get my Doctorate degree with an enlarged vision and a feast of knowledge. Having joined and completed the DBA Programme is one of the best decisions in my life. The journey is tough but fruitful. It makes me know my limits and the studies would not be complete without the help and understandings of my Supervisor, Professors, Learning Partners and many others.
MiVEG GmbH, Germany
I still remember the very first contact, when I, being on a business trip to Hong Kong, had nothing better to do than checking out universities and business schools for what they had to offer in terms of EMBA or doctorate studies. It was Pat Wong who started a fire in me, which didn’t extinct for the next six years. I met unbelievably nice and helpful learning partners and paid back as being the Chairman of the DBAC for a while. I had ups and downs but one thing I never had – regret. I enjoyed Prof Kumar at the introduction, I was impressed of Prof Ozer who took the program to the next level and of course I admired my mentor, Prof Zhao, who has been outstanding! It is a kind of magical destiny that it was Pat Wong who I bumped into last before I left the university building after I successfully defended my work – Pat, my personal Alpha and Omega.
“My 5-year DBA journey at CityU provides the best complement to my career pursuit as a full-fledged and professional marketing practitioner. The global pandemic situation means that marketers today have an even tougher job helping their companies and business management to promote the advocated products and solutions, given that social distancing regulations push aside traditional face-to-face marketing activities. The topic of my research on how high-tech companies can strategically design and manipulate advertising message in electronic based media thus becomes indubitably relevant, both from a personal front as well as from an academic and business managerial perspective. The CityU DBA program further enhances my professional marketing training by offering a practical learning framework in terms of instilling critical thinking process and systematic analytic approach to better appreciating as well as further elevating the role of marketing in contributing to any company’s bottom line."
Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
“The DBA learning journey is indeed a very rewarding experience, testing one's perseverance in search of the research question, and to establish the significance of the contributions. The emphasis on quality and academic rigor has been a very important guiding principle throughout the many reviews of the research proposal, leading to the completion of the research, and the final completion of the thesis. The insight and the challenge to get to the real issues enlightened me to strengthen the research model and the methodology to ensure the conclusions are sound and adhere to a high academic standard. Having left the academic field for so many years, and so used to driving projects to finish at preset deadlines, I felt the DBA journey in search of knowledge is most refreshing and is a big part of what I have benefited after completion of the programme."
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
"Undertaking this DBA has been a life changing experience for me and it would not have been possible without the support and guidance that I received from many people. I would like to say a very big thank you to my supervisor Dr. Michael C. S. Wong and Professor Muammer Ozer for their unfailing support of my DBA study. Their guidance had helped me enormously in all of the time of research and writing of this thesis. My deep appreciation also goes out to the interviewees and all the survey participants for their time and contribution towards my DBA research."
"Although I consider four years to be a long time, my journey in the CityU DBA program was made steady by the constant support from my supervisor, the program office and my learning partners. The spiral learning process works! I conducted my research during a very busy, and largely positive, period of my professional and personal life that witnessed the completion of numerous projects and initiatives as well as the commencement of several more. I am very happy that it all came together so well!
My advice to future DBA cohorts is to start with a field where one has experience, insight and the ability to collect data. Within that, focus on problems that are bothering you and others. Then, sample a range of literature on these problems in order to choose a specific problem to dive deeper into; use concept maps to simplify."
Principal Advisor and Investor of a Few Elite Start-ups in Asia
Former Chief Public Mission Officer of Cyberport
Associate Professor of Practice in Management, CUHK
“ 'Finally, I got my DBA degree.' I think most of our DBA graduates had this dream when we all started. Some really did it but some are still working on it. Having a goal on why you want it and hanging with it till the end are very important. I had a clear goal of getting my DBA degree when I started. The qualification and knowledge from DBA would add a lot of values to the new direction of my career on consulting and executive education. During the journey of our DBA study, every one of us has gone through different types of challenges from personal life, career and even health. We all managed these hurdles and made it through. Just me was not good enough to finish this long journey of DBA. The concept of “Learning Partner” is fantastic and critical to our success because the sustainable encouragement and support from your cohorts are very important to bring you back to the journey when you are thinking to give up. Trust me. You will have moments to think about quitting this journey and our LPs will be there to help. Hang in there, learning partners."
Chaifa Holdings Limited
"I established my company more than 26 years ago. Out of curiosity, I enrolled in CityU's EMBA programme in 2004. I found that the course content was very practical in the sense that I could directly apply what I learned to improve corporate management and crisis control. After graduation from the EMBA programme, I immediately enrolled in CityU's DBA programme to further my knowledge base. The programme helped to train me to think, act and lead within a global framework. I am now able to investigate and analyse my business issues from different perspectives."
Yoshinoya Fast Food (HK) Ltd and Maria Bakery Ltd
It seems like just yesterday that I started my DBA studies. I can still remember the day that I first met the Professors, Learning Partners and the DBA team members in my cohort. Thanks for their help and the greatest support from CityU. I managed to get my doctoral degree with an enlarged vision and a feast of knowledge. Having joined and completed the DBA Programme is one of the best decisions in my life. The journey is tough but fruitful. It makes me know my limits and the studies would not be complete without the help and understandings of my Supervisor, Professors, Learning Partners and many others.
Adjunct Professor of Finance, Brigham Young University, Hawaii, USA.
"In my first meeting with the DBA faculty and my fellow learning partners of CityU, I shared my experiences as an investment banker in the aftermath of the financial tsunami. As a practitioner in the financial market, I have learned that the more I know, the more I realise how much I do not know. The CityU DBA programme helps me fill this gap. The academic methodology stimulates my mind and enables me to approach situations logically and systematically. Although I already have two Master's degrees, including one from Columbia University, I have found that the faculty, fellow students and resources at CityU have added to my prior education experience. It has been well worth the effort to commute from Singapore to Hong Kong for this programme. Furthermore, the CityU DBA program has helped me to invigorate my thinking process, expand my study interest, and attain my goal to change my career from investment banking to international higher education in Singapore and United States."
Chairman, Education Sub-committee of Treasury Markets Association
Committee Member, Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee, Education Bureau of HKSAR
Honorary Secretaries, CityU Eminence Society
"The life of a part-time postgraduate student is tough, but I enjoy it. My study is an important source of mental stimulation and exposure to a wider and more varied world that is different from my daily work.
Attending lectures and exchanging ideas with people of different backgrounds always inspire me. During my periods of further study, both my mind and scope of knowledge have been broadened, and I have also learned about solutions to business problems from books, professors and my classmates."
Hon Hai Technology Group
"I viewed my DBA studies as a most treasured learning experience. Outstanding scholars, excellent learning partners and the multicultural atmosphere made it most enjoyable. No matter what style of teaching, workshop or CEO Forum, I always benefited greatly.
The programme artfully integrated academic rigour and practical relevance. It was such a blessing to be trained to be balanced, not only in my thinking, but also in my work. It helped me to develop deeper insight into life, how to share more and to give more. All these things added to the fulfilment of my personal goals and values, and made this programme exceptional."
Polyolefin Sales, Asia
Basell Asia Pacific Limited
"Instead of studying something familiar, I selected a research topic completely new to me. It is extremely challenging: I had to study new knowledge, learn new skills and even expand my personal networks to identify study targets. Fortunately, CityU DBA program not only provided solid academic and research supports but our learning partners also connected me to the right people. All these helped me go through the challenging learning journey successful and stretched my edges in different dimensions."
"When I embarked on my DBA study, I thought it was a long but straightforward journey. It turned out to be a very different story. Fortunately, I am able to meet the challenges because CityU has provided a friendly learning environment, which allows me to access to the necessary learning resources and to interact with mentors, learning partners, and other PhD students. High industry reputation of CityU ensures receiving sufficient data responses during the qualitative phase of my research. The DBA study needs flexibility, persistence, and a little bit of luck. No doubt it is a very rewarding learning journey!"
Hanbo Enterprises Ltd
Completing a doctoral degree is challenging, yet it is an exceptional and inspiring experience. I have always wanted to pursue a higher degree to broaden my views and deepen my knowledge. Recommended by a number of EMBA professors in CityU, CityU’s DBA programme is definitely a right choice.
As a senior executive of a Supply Chain Management company, I find that CityU’s DBA course offers a comprehensive and well-structured curriculum that allows me to integrate my work experience and DBA’s rigorous research approach in solving business problems. The DBA programme enhances and strengthens my knowledge and passion in the field of Supply Chain Risk Management. The practicability of the course, especially the focus on research methodology allows me to apply knowledge and theory in practice.
Apart from lectures, the DBA programme has also given me an invaluable opportunity to share experience with my fellow classmates and build lasting relationships. The DBA learning journey is rewarding and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this course to other senior executives that are considering pursuing further studies.
Lockton Companies (Shanghai) Insurance Brokers Limited
"In contrast with common perception on Doctorate programs, I do not feel alone and boring on my marvelous road to complete this DBA program. Instead, its focus on research methodology in solving real business problems enlightens me practical, but yet innovative ways in managing today's fast and changing world. More importantly, this program advocates "learning from other DBA cohorts" which has paved my learning path colorful and marvelous."
"The decision to pursue the DBA program has been by far the most awakening experience both personally and professionally and I am grateful for having been part of this learning journey. The program was rigorous and while there were certainly low moments which questioned why I had embarked on this initiative, the support that I received from the DBA community was second to none. Throughout the four years, resources were always available from the support staff at the DBA office, our learning partners (across cohorts) and also my mentors. This was a great opportunity to learn in an ecosystem that provides rich research resources, healthy debate and an environment that was very supportive. I highly recommend anyone to this world class program who has the curiosity to learn and address research questions in pursuit of good quality answers."
Head & Shoulders Financial Group
"Learning how to learn is essential. It facilitates a continuous and lifelong study path for pursue of knowledge. By way of this important process, I have succeeded in completing three postgraduate qualifications in the last 10 years or so, including the City University of Hong Kong DBA programme.
I have chosen to participate in the CityU DBA programme because I can focus on a specific subject that I intend to dedicate my time and effort to, for both personal interests as well as to relate it to my work. The period of last 4 years has proven to be a valuable one as I was able to share views with other professionals on both common subjects as well as distinct areas that we are specialized in. On top of that, I also hope my search topic is able to serve as a useful reference for those who work in the financial industry."
"Attainment of my DBA chronicles another milestone in my lifelong quest for knowledge. As an engineer, the journey has been an epiphany that has kindled my fascination with social science research. For this I am most grateful to Professor Ozer and his faculty for curating an intellectually stimulating learning experience that was both academically demanding yet highly absorbing. Through the program, I am now privileged to offer insights into a far-reaching topic that is close to my heart. I will remain forever indebted to my tireless and patient supervisor Professor Julie Li as well as friends in the industry which made my research possible. I would highly recommend CityU DBA to anyone keen to embark on a serendipitous pursuit of knowledge."
Consumer Healthcare – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
"Where I broadened my business insights from a previous Executive MBA program, the CityU DBA program provides depth and robust frameworks that sharpened my problem-diagnosis and solving skills to derive more impactful solutions. Grounded in theory this DBA program provides participants with an inspiring and supportive environment that encourages curiosity and practical research. It enables senior executives to further develop themselves and build deeper expertise in their profession. While the journey is challenging, it is very rewarding. I’ve grown during the programme and graduated with new perspectives and frameworks that can be applied to improve my contributions in business, the industry and society."
Guest Supply Asia Limited
"Studying for the DBA at City University is another life experience. It is a journey to broaden my global vision, to cultivate creativity, to develop academic research skills, and to nurture a new network community. The gains are both professional and personal.
Interacting with my learning partners is the integral part of this journey. This elite group always inspires me to view business problems from a different perspective. At the same time, we have fun when we are outside the classroom. Studying is not at all easy, but with support and encouragement, the learning journey is enjoyable. I will definitely share this exceptional experience with other people for years to come."
Adjunct Associate Professor, CUHK
"The CityU DBA program was challenging but most rewarding learning experience for me. As a practitioner in Organizational Development profession for years, the DBA program equipped me with systematic research methodology in exploring new insights in theories yet significant for real people and organizational challenges. I sincerely thank my supervisor, Professor Muammer Ozer, who patiently coached me to continuously improve my model and research to excel. The support and encouragement from the faculty team and my learning partners inspired me to complete this not easy but enjoyable learning journey. Furthermore, the DBA program has helped me to attain my goal of nurturing young talent in university by teaching academic theories and sharing real life applications."
Shine at Work
My DBA was a truly transformative journey and an intellectually inspiring experience. I learned about the importance to frame the right question and simplify complex issues so that they can be methodically addressed. The course is rigorous, challenging and it requires a strong discipline to present a cohesive and meaningful thesis. At the same time, I developed a deep passion for the subject of my research and, even today, I keep studying to improve my model. The sense of achievement - and the effort to finish the course - is monumental and I was lucky I could count on the very firm support of my wife, my daughter and my research supervisor.
Shenzhen V-Grow Power Logistics Company Limited
"Exchanging views with learning partners and even arguing with one another in class is what has mainly impressed and inspired me as a DBA student. The research progress I am making should bring numerous benefits both to me in my job and to my company. Therefore, I will try my best to finish all of the courses and my dissertation even though part-time study is very challenging."
Bank of China Hong Kong Limited
To accomplish the doctoral study with my classmates is an awarding experience in my career and personal life. We were rigorously trained with the basic business research methodologies as well as interdisciplinary thinking, which will benefit us for the rest of our life. Building on my practical experience in the banking industry and the research skills acquired from CityU, I am able to look at some economic phenomena with new perspective. Prior to joining the DBA programme, I have always been interested in the arbitrage problem brought by “One currency, Two prices, and Two markets” of Renminbi. Through the doctoral study, I am able to answer part of the problem with my own empirical research. Besides, my study at CityU was made enjoyable in large part due to the friends, professors and importantly, my mentor, that becoming a part of my life. I cannot image how hard it will be without the help and guidance from them.
DBS Private Bank
"This is a terrific learning journey that I will always treasure. Attending the globalised CityU DBA programme is like partaking of an international feast of knowledge. My analytical skills and vision are stretched by the courses, seminars, workshops and forums. Learning in the DBA programme is surely one of my top priorities. The benefits that I have received, including the dynamic methodologies and techniques that I have learned, are significant. The innovative business models and effective managerial strategies that I have been able to apply in my job have led to a new record of success for me and strong recognition from my organisation. The unique mentor system in the programme also delivers strong benefits in terms of academic rigour and empirical relevance."
Director, Super Agency Company Limited
"It is an interesting and challenging learning journey. In fact, many requirements in running a doctorate research are different from my previous experience and judgment. Sometimes, these differences lead to frustration and many times, make me feel difficult to motivate myself to do the work. It is very important to communicate with my supervisor and learn from him. Getting a clear guideline from my supervisor, I can make fruitful progress, and more importantly, I can re-pick my passion on doing this tough work. "
"When I was looking around for different academic programs to strengthen my professional knowledge, I felt that with my two Master’s degrees, one in marketing and one in communications, I did not need another taught course, such as an MBA or EMBA, but a research course that would help me to come up with some fresh ideas and solutions for my real life problem in business; a research course that could allow me to study on a part-time basis. Finally, I chose Doctor of Business Administration programme of the City University of Hong Kong which allowed me to create new knowledge in line with the subject of my research enquiry and ‘drills down more in-depth’ to the causes of the problem.
Going through the academic journey, I am not alone. I appreciate the different perspectives my learning partners and lecturers have brought to the table and given me a chance to explore from the angles of practitioner and academics. Actually, the problems we are facing are very similar. Now, we do share common ‘business language’ and eventually –‘academic language’ although we are from different industries. "
BMW Group (Region China)
"I did not fully realize what a professional doctorate program in Hong Kong would mean to me in the application when I still worked in Germany in 2016. For the first year, I flied to Hong Kong for the weekend course almost once a month. After I returned to China, it was also challenging to manage the balance among professional responsibility, academic research and family need. Reflecting on my research journey in the past 4 years, I regard it as the most rewarding and unforgettable part in my life as it has brought me not only the knowledge and methodology but also the courage and tenacity."
Airstar Bank Limited
"My DBA journey is challenging but rewarding. Although it is not easy to reach a balance among family, work and study, I gained strong support from my Learning Partners (LPs), my thesis supervisor and the DBA office. Without their support, my research would not have been possible. From my Learning Partners, I was told many contemporary business issues. It was an amazing group of senior executives, as the LPs came from different industries and markets with track records in their career. We shared our best practices as well as experiences and also supported to each other during our research journey. We learnt the latest development in business research from the scholars of College of Business, one of the leading business schools in Asia, and we were encouraged to advance the frontiers of knowledge. The CityU DBA program provided me almost everything I needed in my research journey."
Engage Digital Consulting Group
"People pursue higher education for various reasons. For me, DBA program is part of my lifelong learning journey and gave me an opportunity to integrate and consolidate what I learnt from books and I experienced in practice, with the excellent support of university resources. At the same time, this also lets me fulfill my childhood dream – “got a doctoral degree”. After finishing my DBA journey, I could tell you that it was not just a dream come true. As a matter of fact, it directed me to the paths of searching the answer for my personal interest -- knowledge valuation."
Department 8 Merchandise Corporation Limited
Shenzhen H&M Bag Company Limited
"DBA learning is a challenging, exciting and inspiring journey in my life. With this precious opportunity, I was able to enjoy the fusion of Western and Chinese education modes in CityU and many things I could have not imagined before.
The systematic study of the research methodology and thesis writing have not only honed my personal learning skills but also brought me a broader view in the academic research and management of company business. The flexibility of study has trained me how to allocate time efficiently and maintain my work-life balance.
During the four years of DBA studying in CityU, I experienced the most favorable period of my life. I met many positively thinking people including my professors and learning partners as well as those who motivated my study. I am thankful to CityU DBA programme for giving me an unforgettable experience in my life. "
Former Creative Director, Leo Burnett Ltd
"It was my dream to pursue doctorate study, achieve the highest level of education. Studying CityU DBA not only fulfilled my dream, but also allowed me to work on a problem that building on my professional experience. Part of the thesis is documented in the American Academy of Advertising global conference proceedings. I have to say it is a life-long rewarding journey because I earned the knowledge, the experience and the doctoral achievement/dream, which are all priceless."
Festo AG & Co. KG
The CityU DBA program has offered me an excellent opportunity to investigate in-depth the complex business issues and explore the practical solutions through the rigorous research study. The overall learning journey is tough but rewarding. During the processes of completing my doctorate dissertation, I have encountered many challenges and difficulties, especially for the survey from development of questionnaires, actual data collection to data analysis. However, I never feel lonely because I can get strong supports from my mentor who always gives me encouragement and inspires me to find out alternative solutions to fix the issues and pass different milestones. In addition, the learning partners and DBA graduates are willing to share their valuable experiences that may help me a lot to manage this challenging DBA journey successfully. Obtaining this doctorate degree is one of big achievements in my life. I treasure such a fruitful experience, which creates lifelong impact very much.
Hallmark Cards (Hong Kong ) Limited
It has been a wonderful and joyful four-year journey and a great honor being part of the world-class programme. Studying the DBA at CityU is a rewarding experience. The support that I received throughout the program is enormous. The advice given by many outstanding scholars, including the programme director, my supervisor and the faculty members is invaluable, and it helped my research work tremendously. My heartfelt appreciation goes to the staff of the College of Business for making my studying experience a memorable one. The knowledge that I gained from this programme enhanced my problem-solving capability and it enlightened my analytical skill. The research experience enabled me to approach things with holistic mindset. One of the greatest joys joining this programme is the opportunities to meet and to learn from the learning partners with various background. It was definitely the most meaningful learning journey that I ever had.
Adjunct Professor of Finance, City University of Hong Kong
"The successful completion of my DBA study at the CityU is attributed to a group of professionals specializing in the education of practising fellows. The programme directors are extremely skillful in creating synergies by combining the best from scholars and practitioners. The participating professors are very patient in providing guidelines and guidance to improve the quality of research deliverables from learning partners. In addition, the programme administration staff are highly responsive to the enquiries from learning partners. I have no hesitation to recommend this programme to corporate executives who seek to become scholarly leaders."
Nien Made Enterprise Company Limited
This six-year DBA studying journey is an exceptionally time-consuming challenge. Countless papers and books have been part of my life during the stage of literature review. After overcoming many uncertainties and obstacles, I have completed my dissertation. It is a record of striving and patience. It fulfills my curiosity in learning the techniques, methods and procedures that are involved in the process of achieving a doctorate degree. When I encounter difficulties during the research, I am lucky to get help from my professors, learning partiners and my supervisor, Dr Hao Gang. I treasure our friendship, and the valuable experience gained from the CityU DBA programme.
Associated Engineers Limited
"My learning journey at the CityU DBA programme transformed me from a technical man to become an all-rounded person with rich knowledge in handling business development and management matters. The programme enhanced my critical thinking ability and in turn enabled me to understand the business situation from a wider perspective and to solve the problem through adoption of innovative approach with rigorous arguments. It also equipped me the life-long learning and research skill which in turn provided me with the key to enter into the WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE for my sustainable professional development in the future."
Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
"Different professors introduced me to contemporary marketing principles and concepts during my MBA study at City University of Hong Kong. Built on that sense of affinity of a study environment established ten years ago, my DBA study became more rewarding. My DBA supervisor and Prof. Ozer provided priceless advices on both my research and career. My learning partners are also ready to share their truthful and illuminating views on relevant issues related to my project. They all supported me throughout this venture and encouraged me to strive towards my goal. With their constant help I finished my thesis confidently."
Stepgrowth Consultants Company Limited
"As a practitioner in the consumer products business for the past 24 years, it has always been my ambition to verify my learning with academic rigor. In the past 5 years, I have given myself numerous excuses to delay any action to further my academic learning until I read the DBA advertisement two years ago. I am glad that I have taken action eventually in 2008.
CityU’s DBA programme gives me a good balance between relevance and rigor. The interaction with our professors and learning partners enriches my knowledge and exposure. It does not only refresh what I have learned from my MBA and corporate training courses, it frequently inspires me with new perspectives. I am looking forward to spending a few years of quality time on this programme which I am sure will benefit me for the rest of my life – both personal and career."
Haut Charme Company Limited
My interest on the examined topic began in my EMBA at CityU in 2012, where I was leading a sales team and in a business development role in a local listed luxury watch and jewelry conglomerate. There was always a task for me on how to read customers’ perception on luxury and high price goods; what do customers expect from you and what are the key factors on customer brand loyalty. I was inspired and encouraged by the faculty members, Dr K.K. Lai and Dr John Leung, to pursue the DBA programme to further explore the topic; and I was very lucky to be able to have both of them as my mentor and supervisor. This challenging project would not be complete without their constant academic support and guidance through the time. The journey is tough, and yet it is meaningful.
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation
"Finishing the DBA study has been one of the most challenging milestones in my life. Before DBA, I was trained and used to be a problem solver in both my study and work. Until taking the DBA program, I have not realized that problem identification was actually far more important and difficult than problem solving. Incapable of identifying the problems, you will never be able to solve the true problems. I am also enlightened by CityU DBA’s spiraling training methodology with both problem identification and problem solving entailing continuous challenges and refinements before you could arrive at your answer."
"The DBA learning journey was one of the most exciting experiences I have. The DBA programme equipped me with the academic research skill to resolve practical problem. The completion of my doctoral studies was certainly not an individual effort. The support of a number of individuals was essential. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the professors of CityU in inspiring me in the research journey and my family for their immense support all the way through my studies."
Reyoung Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited
"I enjoyed my student life at CityU. I learned so much more than academic knowledge and experienced the multicultural atmosphere in the DBA programme. It enabled me not only to learn from the professors and my classmates, but also to share my experience with them. All these strengthen my confidence and skills in leadership."
Li CW Consultant Limited
When I took the EMBA course at CityU in 2005, I asked Dr John Leung one question, “how to get the A grade?” He answered, “Once you understand, the highest possible grade is C+, that is the definition level; once you apply, the lowest possible grade is B-, that is the application level.” So who will get the A grade? It is the one who innovates, or integrates different knowledge and goes his own way. That is the reason why I took the DBA course in 2012 in order to experience the last part of the question. Six years after the decision, I find that there are many chances when I did my research and extended my network.
Milton Holdings International Limited
"I believe that every person has more or less the same innate potential. What differentiates a meaningful life is the personal attitudes and values that we each carry. And despite what much of society impels us to believe, our life accomplishments are not judged by wealth or social status. People with seemingly little or no material assets can nonetheless live a free and wonderful life. In such a world, I think curiosity, kindness, and perseverance are of outsized importance. My pursuit of lifelong learning grew from these values. After completing my master degree at the City University of Hong Kong, I continued to pursue my doctoral degree in an endeavor to push my academic curiosities to new and challenging places.
Thank you for the support of City University of Hong Kong, my professors, my colleagues, my industry leaders and my family members for allowing me to successfully complete my Thesis and witness another milestone in my life."
College of Business, George Fox University
"My CityU DBA degree has opened the door for me to become an assistant professor of management at one of the top Christian universities in the United States in 2010. The world renown reputation of CityU's academic rigor and integration of business relevance have equipped me so well to teach global strategy and international business at George Fox University. The faculty and staff of CityU are wonderful. The learning partners in the DBA program are my life long friends. I would recommend anyone to come to CityU without hesitation."
Derivatives and Risk Analytics
"My job requires in-depth analysis on financial economics, the CityU DBA program has strengthened my research capability and brought my expertise up to the next level. As a certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst, I tended to look at business issues in quite a broad way. However, the DBA program taught me how to utilize my various skills and focus them in a more structured and analytical way, which enables me to make better business decisions. The DBA program is well-organized and provides excellent support for participants to conduct rigorous research, my DBA journey is truly rewarding."
"I embarked on my DBA journey because of the aspiration of creating my own knowledge to contribute to the community. CityU DBA program is a wonderful platform where I can ask why and discover insights by applying research methodologies. I enjoyed the literature review as I could find so much existing work to build on with my practical experience. The research and analysis work were challenging, yet the excitement of discovering new insights was indescribable. In fact, my DBA journey was not a flat one. It could be accomplished thanks to the unfailing support and guidance from my supervisor, the program director, learning partners and my family. The friendship and support I won were most treasurable. Besides, I gained useful lifelong skills of prioritization, perseverance, time and stress management. I can proudly conclude that the accomplishment exceeds my expectation."
Executive Board Member, Treasury Market Association
Chairman, Professional Membership Committee, Treasury Market Association
Convener, Disciplinary Sub-Committee, Treasury Market Association
Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, CityU HK
Member, Departmental Advisory Committee, Department of Economics & Finance, CityU HK
It is always a great concern for people who wish to pursue a doctorate degree is the writing of a thesis and so do I. However, there is a way to easy your learning journey. It is very imperative if you are able to fix the topic for your thesis even before the start of school, then you probably would have an enjoyable voyage. I picked up my topic before the admission interview and gradually formulated the title couple of months after the course started. Once you fixed the title, you will find each assignment is interesting simply because you are creating the building blocks of your final paper. Those building blocks have been verified by various professors with their comments so they are quality and valuable which is adaptable to your final paper. Last not least, do treat seriously every single assignment and ensure you digested the comments well.
Hallmark Cards (HK) Limited
"It is a great honor to have been a learning partner of the renowned CityU DBA program. My original goals in deciding to participate in the DBA program were (a) to develop a sense of disruptive thinking with broader perspectives, (b) to stretch my cognitive and analytical skills for problem solving, and (c) to generate new knowledge that might be relevant and useful to other supply chain practitioners. After having pursued these goals in the past few years, I would say what I gained on this learning journey was far beyond what I had expected. Balancing demands between a full-time profession and the DBA study, the learning journey was not as smooth as one might think. However, with the unwavering confidence shown in me and helpful guidance given me by my supervisor and mentor, Professor Ozer, and the professional supports by the DBA administrative staff, I was able to complete my research thesis. Thank you for this priceless learning experience. I would highly recommend CityU DBA program to anyone who may be interested."
"There comes a stage in your career where you have achieved a lot but something still feels missing. For me, enrolling into the DBA program at CityU was the answer to my mid-life crisis. I was looking to develop a deeper understanding of my professional world “standing” on the shoulders of all the prior academic work and hopefully make some incremental contribution to both. Any concerns I had about whether the program was going to be pragmatic enough for experienced working professionals were allayed very early into the program. The “spiral” learning approach ensures that all the time spent by learning partners contributes incrementally to the end goal of producing a thesis document. Two residential workshops, one at the beginning of the program and one at the end of the 2 years, are well timed to provide a broad initial framework (first workshop) and a pit-stop (second workshop) to take stock of the progress. More importantly, the DBA program focuses on creating a support network for a journey that can sometimes be lonely and frustrating. My journey was not without its ups and downs, but the team at CityU, whether it was my mentor, the program director or the support staff, were always available to help out and recognized my needs as a working professional were different from full time university students. As I look back on my journey, not only did I achieve my objective of answering some interesting questions relating to my profession but also managed to co-author a research paper based on my thesis. Apart from the sense of personal achievement, the DBA experience now allows me to bring my unique perspective to solve real world problems at my workplace, leveraging my academic and professional experience."
Capstone Enterprises Ltd.
"This study is a fulfillment of a passion for research in my early twenties. This extended journey of seven years tested my determination and perseverance to finish the course. In this period, the roles of my program leaders and my supervisor were indispensable, as I seek to enter, walk through, and finish the course of research.
Encouragement and supportive suggestions from family members and close friends had definite influence to my persisting will. Also, the learning partnership of cohorts helped me to carry on and continue to the end. I am grateful to them all."
Marshall-Karson Construction & Engineers Ltd.
"The DBA research coursework started at teaching how to look for evidence of all claims before drawing conclusions. As the study moved on, I realized explicit findings were neither the mere answer nor the conclusion. The ultimate skill I acquired was to know how to apply the evidence to imply the conclusion. Ever since, I am inspired to look for better solution before making business decisions at work. Combining evidence and work experience, I carefully draw conclusions.
General speaking, I have less doubt on the description that female are more emotional than male; it was proven true in my family. But now, the concept can be re-written. I gained from learning to think critically before giving my views during family discussions or arguing on issues and at time to defense my beliefs, I actually gave up the sense of ownership on opinions. I am totally amazed with the improvement.
There are endless benefits for aiming at lifelong learning, joining DBA program is a good step for eligible, an immediate reward is to bear the undoubting recognized title as “Dr” after graduate. Not the least, I highly recommend the practical DBA program run by the College of Business at City University of Hong Kong. It has enriched my life with experiences on the development of skill and creating new knowledge. The thesis/dissertation trains scholars; it is a certificate for admission into the profession (Lovitts and Wert 2009)."
Ng Khai Development Corporation
"The four-year DBA course has been invaluable that it has trained me the rigor and discipline of proper research and attribution. For the last 25 years, I have written my opinions and sharing of my thoughts in thousands of blogs, speeches, newspaper articles, and social media. Many are based on various readings and informal research. The course, through its lectures have highlighted for me proper channels of research, evaluation of factual information and reaching of conclusions. Through its various activities, like the CEO forum, as well as the listening of other people’s works, and comments, it had also stressed the various points of views or ‘versions of truths’. I believe after such exercise, it has instilled me a better appreciation of deductive thinking, and I believe I am less prone to believing in fake news and facts after the experience."
Diversey Co. Ltd.
"Aiming to be a scholarly manager in my career, I decided to embark myself on a doctoral study to further improve my independent and critical thinking in solving a business problem. The decision was easier made, but what really matters was the later-on commitment, perseverance, and all the support from the entire faculty, especially my thesis supervisor. What I have gained from the DBA program has enlightened and I will continue to enlighten my professional career path by mastering a pragmatic problem-solving method to solve a real-world business problem, which only can be realized through proper rigor and the well-trained methodology."
Samsung Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited
"Being a CityU alumni, I graduated my DBA course during the 30th Anniversary of CityU and this is really amazing to myself. My DBA learning journey is a bit tough and longer than expected due to my lovely son and my lovely daughter joined my family. More important, my cohorts and supervisor have motivated and guided me to complete this journey. It is my honour to meet them in this critical period.
As a DBA student at CityU, I have gained excellent insights into the business world from the learning partners. The schedule totally suits busy senior executives. The Programme Director is open and eager to respond to our feedback, so I highly recommend this prestigious doctorate to those who want to become business scholar-practitioners. "
Inter-Asia Venture Management
"My undergraduate degree is from Princeton and my MBA is from Harvard. I am quite used to a high level of students and professors. The CityU DBA faculty and fellow students are inspiring. I am impressed and challenged by the atmosphere of excellence that is part of the CityU DBA experience.
I am always looking forward to each weekend of classes and to the interesting comments from and perspectives of my classmates, professors and thesis advisor.
The spirit and cooperation of all aspects of the CityU DBA 'experience' is positive, challenging and user-friendly. I recommend it to all senior executives who wish to make an academic contribution to their industry and who wish to receive a serious and positive intellectual challenge in the process."
Human Health Holdings Limited
To pursue a doctorate degree is one of my very important decisions in my life as it involves a devotion and commitment of time and effort, let alone money. The CityU DBA programme is worth to invest these resources in. The spiral learning process enhances my critical thinking ability through continuous self-reflection and interaction with learning partners and professors. The research methodology also sharpens my ability in approaching business problems in a logical and systematic way. To complete the DBA programme is a challenging exercise especially on a part-time basis. Yet, the programme is designed in a way that I can maintain a balance of work, family and social lives while achieving this personal goal. Now, I can proudly say that this study journey is full of fun and fulfillments.
FedEx Express Asia Pacific
"I appreciate the program structure especially the core modules and electives leading to finalization of research proposal by the end of second year. Keeping the momentum to continue research work after the 2nd year is the toughest as from 3rd year onwards learning partners are not required to attend monthly lectures and submit coursework except annual progress report. Therefore, future learning partners should leverage the alumni and learning partner network, plan meetings and/or conference calls with supervisors regularly and stay on track (not distracted by work or business commitments) to prepare for research proposal defense, collect and analyze data by 3rd year in order to complete writing up the thesis and pass oral examination to graduate by the 4th year. Yes, we can! "
Zhuhai Whole Perfect Technics Limited
"Passing through my six years of DBA path, it was a tough time as I faced some bad illness, two times of cancers. I needed more self-determination and encouragement. Facing some learning difficulties during my studying, with the support from my supervisors, professors and the cohorts, I have made it. The knowledge sharing and support from the cohorts are an important treasure in the DBA journey, here I would like to express my greatest appreciation."
Academy International Limited, Academy Sports + Outdoors
"It was a life goal to pursue a Doctor of Business Administration. With work and other activities, there was always a time challenge. The program at CityU has weekend classes, a flexible learning environment, passionate professors for sharing their knowledge, and a very supportive DBA Administrative staff.
I’m thankful for an interesting cohort of learning partners with years of work experience to combine the academic rigor to better bridge both worlds. In-depth exposure to the research approach through literature review of journal articles, stimulating lectures, and a methodology framework helped to advance and improve my critical thinking for application to business world problems and life. The opportunity to attend Executive Education programs through the College’s overseas connections provided additional learning experiences at University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University. The DBA learning journey has provided invaluable exposure and experiences to help further my career and allow me to give back to the academic community and business world through sharing my research."
Synintel Institute Ltd.
"It is an unexpectedly-challenging journey in completing the doctorate thesis; however, the CityU DBA program, with insightful advice from the faculty, provides clear structure and guidance in supporting our research. That was why I had been enjoying the proposed research while starting to engage with it. As an experienced practitioner in consulting and executive training, I am impressed by the atmosphere of academic excellence at CityU and benefited from it. The program drives spiral learning that bridges my practical experience to management theories. And, it facilitates an inspirational platform for learning partners and professors to discuss and share in which the participants have possessed a wealth of expertise. We may thus learn from different perspectives."
The University of Hong Kong
"My road to finish this DBA programme started with a sense of curiosity, the pursuit of truth and the seeking of business solutions through research. Since the beginning of this DBA journey, I have learnt enormously from my supervisors, my learning partners, the faculty members and the friends I met in this journey. The rigorous research process is one of the most challenging and exciting exposures in my life. Though this research training, I found answers to my questions as a manager. More importantly, the knowledge and experience I gained in this journey have developed me to be a better member, a better leader and a better person as a whole."
Hong Kong Jewellery Holding Limited
"For a busy senior executive, studying part-time for a doctoral degree requires significant dedication and commitment, both in terms of time and finance. What is the driving force behind it? The desire to pursue knowledge! By combining academic rigor and business relevance, the CityU DBA programme helps senior executives to advance in knowledge and practice through rigorous applied research. I am looking to consolidate my experience through the DBA research process and contribute to the advancement of professional practice.
The classroom is not just a classroom! It's a place for discussion and exchanging ideas with elite learning partners. The passion of my learning partners to pursue knowledge encourages me to face the challenge. Studying in this prestigious DBA programme is a highly rewarding learning experience, and I am enjoying the learning journey."
Infomaster Holdings Limited
"In order to further enhance my management skills in serving the public service and private business sectors, I have decided to join the CityU DBA program with my research focusing in information technology and finance management industries. From my DBA research, I have produced a Management Model which could be applied to both information technology and finance management industries.
For my own benefits, this Management Model enables me to handle public service administration, building executive teams and implementing critical projects more efficiently."
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Adjunct Professor, EMBA Program, City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
"People say, 'You can be at the top if you work with the top.' I would modify this slightly. 'You will be at the top if you work with the top who want to be topper.'
Our DBA programme provides you with this chance. Every learning partner is passionate about further sharpening themselves even though all of them have been very successful in their professions for years.
To maximise the benefit of learning, you cannot just work on your own. The CityU DBA programme offered me an excellent platform to exchange ideas with experienced learning partners from different backgrounds. I very much appreciated listening to others' views and about why they valued their perspectives, which were different from mine. The learning environment stimulated and inspired me to think further. New knowledge was created in this situation by benchmarking, mutual questioning and self-reflection. That was what I wanted, so I could raise the bar for myself.
If you want to be topper, please do not hesitate to join us!"
Bank Permata, Tbk.
"My study took much longer than most DBA students as it was interrupted by job situations (one as CEO of a Bank and another as Director in Private Equity company) as well as lengthy data collections and analysis. Getting a DBA is one of the hardest undertakings I have ever done in my life. Despite setbacks, my advisor's confidence and support never wavered especially knowing that my study may help develop better understanding of a topic from different points of view."
Bauhaus International (Holdings) Limited
"I would like to thank Prof Ozer for allowing me to take part in the CityU DBA program, to be a member of the cohort. This is the first time in my life to enjoy the interests of academic pursuit. This experience is like the deep joy of mediation. Also, thanks to Dr Ron Kwok for encouragement, inspiration and guidance. I especially thank him for guiding me and stopping me to make any hedging statement without theoretical foundation. I also applied this skill to my product designers. Whenever they show me their new designs, I would act like Dr Kwok and say “Show me the proofs!” “What is the rationale?” to push them further for advancement. Even my staff have been benefited by this kind of training. The knowledge and experience I learnt from the program will definitely inspire the rest of my life in all aspects."
At the beginning, Professor Ozer told us that nobody dropped out the course because of academic reason. All the failure were coming from the unbalance of life and the study. Now I would say - it is true. Quite puzzled when we were choosing or changing the topic of thesis. Quite frustrated when we were not able to concentrate on the study because of the pressure from the job. Yet, we never give up. After talking with other learning partners and our mentors, we always find the achievement and celebrate it even with a little progression. Finally, we make it.
I took the accelerated path to DBA at City University of Hong Kong after graduating from EMBA progamme. EMBA attaches great importance to analyzing and learning from business cases in various industries and using tools to solve practical problems, while DBA is a different learning journey. Systematic learning of research methodologies greatly enhances my ability of deep thinking. Literature review is a rigorous process of academic inquiry. It cultivates my habit of seeking evidences of truth through multiple channels. I am very grateful to my supervisor, professors and classmates for their support and guidance for my DBA study. The DBA learning journey is full of challenges, yet it is a lifelong benefiting experience.
Q Fund Management
I am glad to have selected the CityU DBA programme, having the option to evaluate between two offers. CityU DBA programme allowed professionals like myself to be able to apply our work experience and knowledge into practical academic research. I took a bold step to study a topic in socially responsible investing. An investment strategy that is gaining much attention globally as investors seek not only financial return but also positive social change. I believe all companies should all be socially responsible. I am glad that my research will be useful and look forward to applying these findings in my work.
A DBA research is a big commitment both in time and financial resources. The decision was taken after several years of careful consideration on how to document my experience gained during my working life. It is fortunate that we have some top universities in Hong Kong including the City University of Hong Kong. The DBA program is a true world class program. The rigorous approach and systematic research methodology laid a solid foundation for me to complete my research. This research experience also provided a good framework for solving business problems in the future. The support and guidance by the professors are fantastic. When the academic world fused with the industries, the amazing synergy produced valuable and practical research. I truly enjoyed and treasured my DBA journey whole-heartedly. It is undoubtedly another important step in my lifelong learning journey.
My learning journey has been a very pleasant one. The spiral learning methodology adopted by CityU DBA in teaching research methodology built a good foundation for my research skill. I have the pleasure to be guided by experienced scholars on both the research side and the subject domain. I have stopped my business travels during 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This allows me to devote more time to my research and makes it possible for me to complete the whole program including the dissertation in 3 years. I am very excited about the findings of my research because Blockchain is new and there are few studies on a similar topic before. Meanwhile, I’m sharing my findings to different communities and hope my work would contribute to the research of Blockchain.
Triumph International Services (APAC) limited
"Do you still remember your childhood dream? You may have forgotten it or feel that it cannot be achieved. My advice is ‘Don’t forget! You can make it!’
‘Doctor’ was my nickname given by my secondary school classmates and teachers. The reason was I was very curious about things more than the typical students in my school. “Got a doctor degree” was one of my childhood dreams. However, as a busy executive, the goal seems impossible. With determination, I accomplish the mission impossible: DBA.
After finishing the DBA journey, I could tell you it was not just a dream come true but an invaluable chance to further develop myself in different areas, fulfill my curiosity and enrich my life experience. The learning partners become definitely life long friends and supporters. DBA thesis provides a platform for me to develop a new risk assessment model which contributes to the academic and professional communities. It is amazing from my point of view and is a big achievement in my life. I must say – I can make it, you can make it too."
"To obtain a doctorate was my teenage dream. However, this dream was lost when I grew up with other priorities in my life. Until one day, over 25 years passed in my professional career with many challenges overcome, lessons learned, but still questions remained, I came across this CityU DBA program aiming to offer systematic research methodology to create new knowledge and answer business questions by myself. It rekindled my doctoral dream. To do research with DBA likes a treasure hunting - it is a challenging but rewarding journey. I learned systematic literature review to prepare route towards the treasure place. CityU DBA offers high standard faculty team and professional guide (supervisor) to provide right research direction. Data collection, analysis, and thesis writing are great experience to sharpen my structural thinking. I found my treasure successfully at the end, with results and answers to business questions came along. Furthermore, I am able to fulfill my childhood doctoral dream. "
China Orient Asset Management (International)
"I have always dreamed of returning to school since receiving my MBA more than 20 years ago. As my experiences, both professional and personal, grew, so did my urge to return to school. Now with the successful completion of my DBA learning journey, I can say that the CityU DBA program has been a perfect fit for me, and that this has been a challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable experience.
I have learned a lot through this process. The combination of structured in-class teachings and self-paced reading and research has afforded me the ability to comprehend and appreciate the intricacies of complex academic work. This newly gained lens filters through an expanded worldview for me. This experience has been hard work, but incredibly rewarding!"