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"I joined the prestigious Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program of CityU last year, in the fall of 2017 and I must say I am every bit loving it!
After successfully completing a very coveted Clinical Psychology Master in Consulting, Coaching & Change degree from INSEAD and an MBA degree earlier, and having 22 years of industry experience, I was looking for a program and institution that would provide the right study platform, intellectual intensity and research rigor, that was also practice focused and global. I evaluated half a dozen globally ranked Doctoral/PhD programs and finally settled for the CityU DBA program, that, not only met all my above needs but also brought me closer to the Asian and Chinese Management Thinkers and Researchers – a huge bonus from a learning perspectives, for future.
This introduction would be incomplete without my mention of Prof. Ozer and his very passionate personality, through my appellation and interview process. I still remember one of his last comments during my candidate selection interview – ‘Your research topic, at the end of the day should be what you are passionate about and not anyone else. At CityU we can offer you that.' I was Sold!!"
Fitch Solutions, A Member of Fitch Group
“I have worked for two international rating agencies for about 15 years in various roles, including regulatory advisory, credit risk modeling and product management. Throughout my career, I have continued to study in order to keep up with the changing business environment. I already have two master degrees in completely different disciplines! I have asked myself: what should be my next step?
To help me decide, I spoke to several professors who all encouraged me to undertake a DBA which will enable me to focus on researching on practical business issues and also make contributions to the community. I looked up DBA program offerings from different universities and found that CityU DBA has a flexible structure. During a 1:1 meeting with Prof Ozer, he gave me a very comprehensive introduction the program and, more importantly, I could feel his passion. Additionally, I was impressed that of Business of CityU has recently climbed up significantly in UT Dallas’s ranking. I knew that’s what I was after.
I am in now and knowing my learning partners another big plus me. completing my DBA journey, support from family, friends, professors, LPs and even colleagues are important, and I am grateful to have all!”
Investor Sales & Relationship Management
Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited
“As a strong advocate of lifelong learning, I chose the DBA over the PhD because the DBA is based on both theory and practical application in its design. It also offers flexibility, which is important for me, as I can work, attend classes, and still be available for my family. Furthermore, the facilities and access to resources at CityU is world class, and this was certainly a deciding factor. The program has been very deliberate in selecting a diverse set of students from different industries – a scenario that broadens my perspective and enhances my learning experience.
I can say that I have made one of the best decisions in my life. Sharing of experience and knowledge within the cohort as well as colleagues at work has taught me to look at issues from various angles. Furthermore, the rigorous approach towards business research has refined my skills of identifying real issues and getting to the crux of the problem. All in all, the program has been of immense benefit to my work.”
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
"After completing my EMBA in Washington University St. Louis and working for over 25 years in the consumer packaged goods and healthcare industries, I made a wise choice of enrolling in the City University of Hong Kong DBA program in 2016.
The program inspired me with its theoretical, methodological and scientific way of diagnosing and solving problems. This in turn, sharpened my logical thinking and decision-making process. The program has been highly invaluable in helping me deal with complex issues at work, and has helped me take a multi-disciplinary approach to working out solutions which have resulted in positive business impact. In addition, the rapport and fruitful learning experience among learning partners as well as with the university professors, my supervisor and other staffs made me feel like I was part of a close family.
I am honoured to have been part of this DBA programme. I truly believe it’s a best in class program worthy of the investment."
The Hong Kong Jockey Club
“As a talent development professional, I’m impressed with the design of . It is a well-thought process for supporting LPs on a multiple years of learning journey. It is a wonderful experience interacting with the professional, diligent and supportive faculties. I enjoy it a lot. I also feel honored and proud to be part of the 2017 cohort, to join others with high caliber, and to learn from each other in classes and assignments. Based on my current experience the program, it exceeded my expectation in many dimensions. For instance, I gained tremendous learning in which I can even apply to my corporate environment. I’ll always be looking forward to the various contents from this great program.”
Founder & Owner
PI CONS (HK) Ltd
"Having worked for more than 20 years managing IT project in the Financial Industry in various roles and responsibilities I decided last year to take a sabbatical break, to start my own consulting business and to go back to university to challenge myself again.
After some research I decided to go for a professional doctorate program. My goal is to combine my extensive work experience with the methodical and rigorous research approach of the DBA program. I want to gain new insights through my research and bring them back into my consulting work.
From the start I was impressed with the set-up, focus and support offered by the CityU DBA program. The professors, my mentor, the learning partners, the university's infrastructure - all orchestrated to ensure that my research journey comes to a successful and rewarding end.
With the depth and breadth of the DBA cohorts it offers a unique and fantastic networking platform across industries, cultural backgrounds and work experiences. Even though each and every one has a unique research topic, the willingness to support and help as well as the community spirit are impressive."
BOA International Financial Group
"One of the most distinctive and valuable features of is its strong emphasis on applied research. Apart from the learning of essential research concepts and methodologies through classes and assignments, the thesis research under a dedicated supervisor, who in my case is a distinguished professor in the fields of AI and Big Data, is a fascinating study journey that has since deeply enticed and truly excited me. Perhaps the one factor that truly sets the CityU DBA ahead and apart, in my view, is the elite group of learning partners with diverse backgrounds and interests. The engaging and inspiring discussions inside and beyond the classroom have brought me knowledge and insight areas I have never been exposed to before, from angel fund investment leadership, from red wine business to Feng- study. These have not only broadened my research perspectives, but at the same time also enriched and stimulated my thoughts on the topics of focus. I very much look forward to continuing this refreshing and rewarding learning process the time to come."
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
"In 2018 I’ve decided to set foot in the new world of research by joining the prestigious Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at CityU. The DBA program gives me the opportunity to solve real business problems using rigorous research methodologies.
As with any marathon, I’m going through ups and downs but couldn’t be happier with the decision I have made. I am really impressed with the program structure and the spiral learning concept, quality and competence of professors and university staff, and the experience of fellow Learning Partners. I’m looking forward to continuing this challenging but inspiring journey."
Digital Banking / Services (Top 5 multinational )
"The City University of Hong Kong Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program provides the ideal balance of theoretical learning and training in pragmatic, yet scientifically rigorous methodologies of applied business research and problem solving. The innovative teaching approach (spiral learning) championed by the CityU College of Business empowers an individual to expand beyond contributing standard analyses of business events from a historical context (i.e. " happened?") to researching and determining the "how" and "why" certain business phenomena actually occur. The instruction in the use of practitioner oriented, business research tools DBA candidates to transition from passively applying managerial methods to actively in the generation of new knowledge and the creation of commercially valuable business insights and products/services. In an increasingly globalized, technology driven, knowledge based economy, the ability to go beyond applying pre-existing business methodologies to solving new and unforeseen business problems via applied research methods is an extremely valuable skill set. As a Top 100 global research institution, the City University of Hong Kong College of Business provides a rewarding and unparalleled DBA experience that has equipped me to become a "scholar-professional" with new skills to create significant, transformative benefits in my workplace as well as contribute to the knowledge-based society."
Bauhaus International (Holdings) Ltd.
"Having earned an MBA, the DBA would be a good complement for me to carry on the study business strategies that shed onto my own business. The DBA has opened up my mind and brought me to a new horizon that enhances my coping capability in the shifting business environments. Thanks to the methodologies of study that enrich the way I think -- newer and more in-depth thinking. The business theories in most literature useful insights into our daily routines that as a corporation founder has to face, think, review, decide and improve. Professors in class illustrate the theories with many vivid examples of successes and failures of firms that also serve as useful reminders to a businessman like me to take cautions to avoid similar mistakes and ride on the golden opportunities to develop."
“In my day-to-day job I help my clients on their digital transformation journey. I realize that the complexity of business problems is increasing and is getting multi-dimensional. I feel the need to build up an advanced level of academic research capability to solve real business problems. CityU DBA program can help me to achieve this objective with an innovative course structure, world-class scholars with high spirits and a super caring support team. I feel I can get full support from CityU DBA dream team to focus 100% of my time and energy on my research.
The program adopts a spiral learning method on research methodology. It equips us with a solid foundation on conducting vigorous researches. In today’s world, business problems are no longer in single functional discipline. By mastering this research capability, as senior management we will be confident to deal with complex business problems across multiple disciplines with high level vision and holistic perspective.
I have learned a lot from the teaching professors and from our learning partners in different cohorts. CityU DBA program has a deep culture of knowledge sharing and we grow collaboratively. I have the pleasure to network with highly intelligent and successful leaders in their industry and learn a lot from them either academically or business-wise. ”
China Orient Asset Management Co. Ltd.
“I joined the DBA program in 2017 after a long debate with myself. I faced the choice of cruising peacefully into my retirement versus injecting new vitality into my (professional) life. In the end, my thirst for new knowledge and challenges prevailed.
I had 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 three semesters under my belt, I can say that the DBA program has been a perfect fit for me, and that this has been a challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable experience.
I have already learned a lot, even before working on my dissertation. 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 works. Augmented with my business perspectives, this newly gained lens filters through an expanded for me.
This experience has been hard work, but incredibly rewarding!”