Chicago booth i Dean’s report 2012–13
As you are aware, Chicago Booth plans to relocate its Asia Executive MBA Program to Hong
Kong, while maintaining a robust presence in Singapore. It is an exciting opportunity for the
school to expand its footprint in Asia, and it is aligned with the University of Chicago’s plans
for broader pan-Asian engagement.
In our commitment to attract an even broader pool of future leaders, the move has the
potential to attract a more diverse student base from Hong Kong, China, and other North
Asian markets. It places the school in the financial center of Asia, with a broader pool of
potential corporate partners, and it allows better access to China, the second-largest market
in the world. Hong Kong also has excellent local universities for research collaborations.
Many steps need to be taken before the Hong Kong campus is complete, and plans are
proceeding well. Our new associate dean for global outreach, William Kooser, ’81, is on
the ground in Hong Kong to help raise visibility in the region, and coordinate our project
management efforts. We are deeply grateful for the commitments of financial and other
support from our alumni and friends in helping us get this new project off the ground.
The Hong Kong government conditionally granted the university a site on picturesque Mount
Davis, the westernmost hill on Hong Kong Island, for the new Booth campus. The land grant
for this unique, historical site is subject to accreditation, town planning, and preservation
approval. The local accreditation process has begun, and we are preparing for our peer
review visit in February 2014.
Bing Thom Architects, a highly celebrated and visionary Canadian firm with offices in Hong
Kong, has been chosen to lead the design of the new university center that will be the
home of Booth’s Hong Kong campus. With a breadth of experience in designing award-
winning cultural and institutional projects worldwide, including in Hong Kong, Bing Thom
has a particular understanding of the local culture and history of the site. We are confident
that Bing Thom will design a world-class, iconic, and truly functional building. Designs are
expected by summer 2014, with groundbreaking in fall 2014 and opening in 2017.
Next year’s incoming students to Booth’s Asia Executive MBA Program will attend classes at
an interim facility at Cyberport in Hong Kong beginning in the fall. Applications are coming
in and we expect about 75 students will comprise our first class in June.
With these activities well under way, we look forward to sharing with you details of our
progress in Asia in the next report.
The year ahead