Student Stories


Meet Our Scholarship Winners @ HKUST Full-time MBA

“The MBA journey has challenged me to reach the next level in my career development.” by David Carreño Cerrillo


David Carreño Cerrillo (Spain)
Intake 2020
Winner, HKUST MBA Global Citizen Award
Full-time MBA—Intake 2020


About our Global Citizen Award winner

I am David, from Barcelona (Spain). My previous professional experience was focused on finance and risk underwriting in insurance. During an internship, I spent one amazing year living in Hong Kong. After that, I wanted to develop my career further and switch to the financial services industry. The HKUST MBA seemed like the best option for me.

In my spare time, I play sports, from running to playing basketball. I also like photography and playing guitar.

Studying in the MBA lounge of the Lee Shau Kee Business Building


What do you think about the diversity of the MBA class and the MBA network? Can you tell us about some of your experiences with this?

In the last four months, I have been able to work on group projects with people from Japan and India. This has allowed me to get to know how people from different cultures think and work. The members of the class also come from diverse professional contexts such as construction, engineering, and the supply chain industry, and everyone contributes a new point of view to each project.

In addition, although its cohorts include students from Europe and the U.S.A., the HKUST program is one of the best options for those looking for a strong focus on the Asian region. Given the growth of China and the increasing demand for qualified professionals, it makes sense to focus on that market.


How would you describe your student life at our on-campus accommodations? Have you had any interesting experiences or pleasant surprises that you can share with us?

Living on campus is extremely convenient. Our residence is just two minutes from the Lee Shau Kee Business Building, where we spend most of our time. Two things pleasantly surprised me about the campus. The first was the number of services we have on campus. You can get almost everything here. The university facilities are modern and include everything we need for our daily needs. Second, the sports facilities are great. For students like me who like to exercise, this is the perfect environment to combine studies with a healthy lifestyle.

A football match with classmates on campus


It has been four months since you began the MBA program. If you were to choose one word to describe your student life at HKUST or in Hong Kong so far, which word would that be, and why?

Even though I already knew my way around the city and had friends here when I started the program, the word I would choose is “challenge.” The MBA journey has challenged me to reach the next level in my career development. From networking to academics to job-hunting, the MBA program really pushes each student to do their best to achieve their goals with all the tools it provides.

The view from the lounge room where students eat breakfast every morning


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