Kellogg-HK MBA program celebrates fifth anniversary
The Kellogg HKUST Executive MBA program recently held its fifth anniversary celebration after a postponement this spring due to the SARS outbreak.
More than half of the program’s alumni and current students (150 out of 269) gathered with faculty members, board members and past distinguished speakers in Hong Kong.
This joint EMBA program is part of an alliance between the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Representing the Kellogg School were Dean Dipak C. Jain and Associate Dean for Executive Education Stephen Burnett, who have been active in the HKUST program. Dean Jain taught the first class (KH-01); Professor Burnett taught the first class and the last three classes. Five classes have graduated so far, and the sixth class is into its second half of study. The seventh class begins in January.
The HKUST program is a product of mutual interests between the two schools: Kellogg was interested in a quality initiative in Asia following successful programs in Israel and Germany. HKUST, founded in 1991, was interested in building its program around Best Practices. After intensive planning and discussions among Kellogg Dean Emeritus Donald P. Jacobs, HKUST founding dean Yuk Shee Chan, and founding program director and Kellogg alumnus Steve DeKrey, the alliance was cemented, and the program welcomed its first class in January 1998.