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Why HKUST MBA? – Akhil Nair

Akhil landed an internship with support from the HKUST MBA career office, which was converted into a full-time job offer. Now working at the regional headquarters of Methanex, one of the world's largest chemicals corporations, Akhil shares why he chose Hong Kong to do an MBA and how the journey prepared him for his new role as the Regional Supply Chain Manager of APAC. 

1. Why did you decide to do an MBA at HKUST and in Hong Kong?

What attracted me to HKUST was the focus on small class sizes lending to a more personal overall experience, as well as a conscious effort to maintain an internationally diverse cohort each year.

In addition, something that may not be known as obviously about the HKUST MBA program is its reliance on business case studies to deliver a substantial part of the curriculum, which was attractive to me and was my preferred mode of learning. 

There is also a strong focus on participation and excellence in business case competitions across the globe. The program and the faculty dedicate significant time and effort in creating an environment for case competition teams to thrive in—something that I feel really gives the HKUST MBA an extra edge over some of the other Asian programs. 

Having been in the shipping industry before my MBA, I was well aware that Hong Kong would be a natural choice for me to build out a career in related industries post MBA. It is also one of the great world cities and a gateway to the China market—a market that no company in any industry can ignore in this day and age.

Akhil (1st from left) and his team winning the first place at the Haskayne MBA 24 Hour Epic Case Challenge in Canada.

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