Student Stories


Meet our expatriate students (Intakes 11 & 12)

In our current class, we have over 45% of non-locals, representing 16 different nationalities from Europe, America and Asia Pacific.

Here are some of our expatriate students’ profiles.


  Gautam Khattak (United States)
PT year-two student
Director of Software Engineering
Emerson Network Power

“My time at HKUST has been very worthwhile because I am able to apply what I learn in the classroom almost immediately on the job. The MBA helps fill the gaps in my engineering background by exposing me to areas like Finance and Marketing, making me a more successful leader. All that combined with the great relationships forged makes the MBA a really memorable and life enriching experience.”

  Maria Rosaria Caputo (Italy)
PT year-one student
Manager – Project and Acquisition Finance Asia Pacific Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

“After almost 4 months, the MBA has basically been for me a life accelerator: new friends from every part of the world, amazing professors, a lot of fun and the panic for the exams, timely every 2 months; then the thrill of learning something new at each lecture thanks also to the contributions of my classmates, everyone bringing in class interesting and different experiences and life stories; the team spirit and possibility to share ideas and point of view with your teammates, all having a common target – learning and growing.”


Joseph Laviolette (United States)
Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis
Sands China

“HKUST MBA’s team-based approach and geographical diversity of professors and peers have offered me the opportunity to gain exposure and forge friendships across cultures. Studying here is truly a global MBA experience.”



Loïc Engelhard (Switzerland)
PT year one student
Managing Partner
Engelhard & Co. (HK)

“Before starting my MBA I knew what my goals were, but I was missing something essential: a good implementation plan. The high quality of the program at HKUST is giving me the very tools I need to build the career I dreamed of and live the Life I have imagined.”


  Kunal Bhatawadekar (India)
PT year one student
Regional Operations Manager – Asia Pacific

“HKUST MBA has an incredible diversity in its student body. Interacting with my classmates from different professional and academic backgrounds has given me great insights into various business areas and this has enriched my social and business interactions in these respective circles. The alumni, senior students and full-time students at the program are also extremely helpful and forthcoming which opens up doors to tremendous networking opportunities.”

Other non-local nationalities in our intake 2012 class:
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea and U.K.

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