Hong Kong is open for Business

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The Month of August has been a very exciting and historical time for Chicago Booth in Asia. On August 18, we celebrated the opening of the new campus in Hong Kong along with the arrival of the first group of students to study on the campus. The first group to sit in the beautiful new state-of-the-art classroom and study groups rooms was the Miller International group.

Classroom Study Group Room

This one of three groups of Executive MBA students comprising participants which are 1/3 Chicago-based, 1/3 London-based and 1/3 Hong Kong- based. Students in these mixed International groups spend a week studying in London and a week in Hong Kong before returning to their own home campuses. The Fogel group followed for a week and we now have the Becker group on campus for their International Session week.

The Opening event and ribbon-cutting was great (see the pics!) and the campus is already functioning at peak efficiency.

Ribbon cutting Lion Dancers

On August 31 we hosted an Inaugural event to celebrate the arrival of the Executive MBA Program and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to Hong Kong. This was held at the Island Shangri-La Hotel and featured speaker including: Education Secretary for Hong Kong Mr. Eddie Ng, Distinguished Alumnus Mr. Francis Yuen, Provost of the University of Chicago Eric Isaacs, Ian Solomon VP at UoC, Dean Sunil Kumar and Deputy Dean Rob Gertner.

Education Secretary Eddie Ng speaking

This was followed by a fascinating panel entitled “Which Capitalism for the 21st Century” featuring Professors Kevin Murphy and Luigi Zingales, and Distinguished alumnus David Booth. The event was attended by more than 350 people and was a huge success.

It was great to see so many people come out in support of the start of what will be a long and fruitful relationship with Hong Kong.

Rich Johnson

Managing Director - Asia