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"I would like to refine my soft skills and business acumen, to expand my network and be inspired by people with different backgrounds and experiences."
By Stephanie CHOW


Stephanie CHOW (Australia)
Class of 2022
Pre-MBA: Manager, Group Corporate Transactions, AIA Company Limited

1. About Stephanie

Hi, my name is Stephanie Chow. I was born in Australia and raised in Hong Kong. I graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia, with a Bachelor of Commerce (major in Actuarial Studies and Financial Economics), and was honored to be awarded a Co-op scholarship in Actuarial Studies during my undergraduate studies.

As for my professional background, I am an actuary and have worked in both Australia and Hong Kong, at a number of insurers and consulting firms. Currently, I am planning to make a career change into the Corporate Social Responsibility field.

Having grown up in a big family, I am always curious about the different stories that make people who they are. I love traveling as I love to explore new places and try new things.

I look forward to more adventures and new friendships with this MBA experience!

Travelling for New Inspirations - Stephanie watching the spectacular sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar

2. Why did you decide to do an MBA? How has the MBA helped you in transiting your career goal?

I have been living in Hong Kong for several years and call it my second home. Hong Kong offers tremendous opportunities for business, cultural and personal development, understanding global trends, and meeting forward-thinking people.

Having worked in the life insurance industry, I am familiar with the concept of insurers providing support to people during times of need. However, I realized that I wanted to take a step further and make a direct scaled impact by helping companies execute their social responsibilities.


Care for Community - As one of the organizers for Christmas Donation Drive in the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children, Stephanie (left) brought over toys to a children’s hospital with her colleagues.

In making this transition from a technical actuarial role, I would like to refine my soft skills and business acumen, to expand my network and be inspired by people with different backgrounds and experiences. I have thus decided to dedicate some time to fully invest in self-development through an MBA program to achieve this.

3. Why the HKUST MBA? What is it about the MBA Program that you love?

Despite recent challenges experienced across the city, I am keen to stay in Hong Kong, where HKUST has the top MBA program.

Aside from the remarkable curriculum and rankings, I was most impressed by the people I have met from the HKUST MBA community. From the Marketing and Admissions team to alumni and current students, everyone has been very helpful and passionate about the program. I remember talking to some students at Open House last year and thinking to myself – I really like this vibe; I want to be just like them one day!

4. Give three words that describe how you feel about joining the HKUST MBA family

Excited, honored and grateful


Wide selection of scholarships for HKUST Full-time MBA Program, covering up to 100% tuition fee supporting outstanding candidates to pursue your MBA study.

Admitted candidates are automatically considered for this scholarship and no additional application materials are required. 


Full Scholarship

This Full Scholarship will be awarded to highly distinguished and carefully-selected candidates who demonstrate exceptional interview performance and quality in their HKUST Full-time MBA application. High-caliber applicants with excellent professional track record, academic achievements and collaborative mindset are our ideal awardees who can contribute and bring positive impacts to the HKUST MBA community.

Awardee(s) of the Full Scholarship will be the role model showing their ultimate dedication on pursuing an MBA and make the most out of their MBA journey in HKUST.

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Merit Scholarships

The Merit Scholarship is offered to top admitted candidates who demonstrate strength in work exposure, international exposure, academic performance (strong bachelor or postgraduate degree/GMAT score), references and interview performance.

Merit Scholarship and all Professional Awards are only available for HKUST Full-time MBA Program.
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Professional Awards

HKUST MBA acknowledges achievements of candidates from extensive aspects:
- HKUST MBA Global Citizen Award
- HKUST MBA Women Award
- HKUST MBA Entrepreneur Award
- HKUST MBA Business Technology and Innovation Award
- HKUST MBA Consulting Strategy Award
- HKUST MBA East and Southeast Asia Business Professional Award
- HKUST MBA India Business Professional Award
- HKUST MBA Diversity Award

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Jebsen Scholarship (For permanent residents of Mainland China & Hong Kong)

Donated by Jebsen & Co. Ltd., the Jebsen Scholarship is available to full-time MBA students who are permanent residents of mainland China or the HKSAR. Selection will be based on candidates’ academic background, work experience, and career interest.

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MBA Mentorship Program

Close-knit elite MBA Community

Over 150 alumni and students shared the joy of the newly formed mentor-mentee bonding.  The carefully paired mentors & mentees will connect regularly to exchange their first-hand experience on personal and career development.

HKUST MBA Highlights

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No.4 in Career Progress 

Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2020, among Top 20 Programs

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91% 3-month Employment Rate

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