Learn why Lillian Ma decided to pursue an MBA and how The University of Hong Kong is helping her reach her goal of bridging the gap between Chinese and Western media and entertainment.
- Name: Lillian Ma
- Business School: The University of Hong Kong
- Originally from: USA
- Previous Role: Marketing Project Manager & Journalist for Mtime in Beijing
Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What are your program’s greatest assets?
A: I chose HKU to pursue my MBA degree because I wanted a global programme with a China focus. The curriculum at HKU aligns with my career goal to become a bridge between the western and China’s media and entertainment world. The programme’s greatest assets are diversity, opportunity to spend a semester at London or New York, and the personalised career services.
Q: What has been your favorite classroom experience?
A: My favourite class so far is Marketing in Tech Intensive Industry. The professor is very knowledgeable and has great vision about the future of the industry. The cases we dealt with in class provided key takeaways that will be very beneficial for me when I move up to the managerial level. The class discussion and group presentation pushed me to think deeper and from different perspectives.
Q: What activities are you involved in outside of class?
A: Besides being a member of the Consulting and Women in Leadership Clubs, I co-founded a multimedia channel called INSIDER to document our MBA journey and share authentic, first-hand experience with young audiences who might find it intriguing or informative.
Q: How have your classmates influenced your MBA experience?
A: My classmates come from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds, which allow me to learn about their different thought processes and working styles. They are able to draw from their real-life work experiences during class discussion, making our learning experience even more hands-on.
Q: What have been the biggest challenges of pursuing your MBA?
A: Since there are so many activities being organised during MBA, I do find it challenging to combat the feeling of missing out! Any MBA student’s schedule would be filled with classes, group meetings, professional workshops, social outings, internships and so on, so it’s key for a MBA newbie to realise his or her own priorities.
Q: How did you decide that an MBA was the next step for you?
A: I wanted to accelerate my career and learn more about the business side of my industry. Coming from a media background, I knew I had to strengthen my business acumen and skills to support long-term career growth in my industry. A MBA education would provide me with a comprehensive understanding of the business world and opportunities to meet inspiring business leaders to network with.
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