Student Stories


Meet Our Scholarship Winners @ HKUST Full-time MBA

“I’m proud of our cohort’s resilience and positivity during the MBA journey so far amid the adverse pandemic conditions." by Kelsey REDD


Kelsey REDD (U.S.A.)
Intake 2020
Winner, HKUST MBA Women Award
Full-time MBA—Intake 2020


About our MBA Women Award winner

I’m Kelsey from the U.S.A., now a Full-Time MBA student at HKUST. I moved to Hong Kong to pursue the MBA and a new chapter in my career. I have a supply chain background in the oil, gas, and chemicals industry, where I gained experience in operations procurement, customer fulfillment, logistics, and inventory management. I’m also passionate about diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and social responsibility. Post-MBA, I aim to develop my career in Asia, leveraging the network and tools I will have gained from the program. So far, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my classmates and exploring Hong Kong’s beautiful hiking trails and beaches!


You spent an exchange semester at HKUST when you were an undergraduate student. Have you noticed any changes to HKUST since you were first here? What are the differences between being a full-time MBA student and being an exchange student?

My exchange experience here was a big factor in choosing this MBA program. During my undergraduate exchange at HKUST, I was impressed by the high-quality faculty, business school amenities, and global connectivity. These have only improved in the last five years. Given the current pandemic, I’m impressed with how HKUST has effectively adapted to the remote learning environment and equipped the classrooms with useful technology.

Returning to HKUST, the biggest change I’ve observed in myself is the way I am now committed to exploring career opportunities in Hong Kong and contributing positively as a member of the local community. Compared with when I was younger, I also now feel more ownership over my decision to move here for career enhancement and personal growth. 


Which course or workshop has been your favorite so far, and why? What did you learn from that course or workshop?

So far, my favorite classes have been those that offer online individual or team simulations, such as Operations Management, Marketing, Microeconomics, and Management of Organizations. The simulations are fun and engaging hands-on learning experiences that promote teamwork, competition, and individual reflection. Of the simulations I have completed, the one I enjoyed the most was the Mt. Everest simulation, where the objective was to work as a team to reach the top of the mountain. Each teammate was assigned a different role with unique motivations, needs, and information about the trek. Just as in the real world, our team had to integrate our differences to perform well, and each teammate’s leadership style played a key role in our team’s success. 


Have you encountered any pleasant surprises over the past few months?

I’m proud of our cohort’s resilience and positivity during the MBA journey so far amid the adverse pandemic conditions. Although remote learning has its challenges, our cohort has made the effort to support one another in and out of the classroom. Apart from working together to succeed academically, we have organized different networking and outdoor events, keeping safety in mind. For example, the Japan Club held a Takoyaki Night, and the Sport Club organized a running/hiking event. Also, because our cohort is smaller this year, we have developed closer bonds. I look forward to witnessing our growth and successes throughout the program and beyond!

Hiking the High Junk Peak Trail


Enjoying the afternoon at a cat café in Tsuen Wan


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