Work Hard, Play Hard. An Energetic Welcome in Hong Kong


After wrapping their first international section week in London earlier this summer, our new global cohort of Executive MBA students landed in Hong Kong for their second international section week in August. This week marks the first time our new students took part in classes located on the Chicago Booth campus at the University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong.

One of the best aspects of our program is the community that you gain through the experience. Traveling to Chicago, London and Hong Kong together as a group provides an excellent opportunity to make lasting friendships and learn more about the region by speaking with classmates who are from there. It’s also fun! Our Hong Kong team was very excited to welcome students from all over the world to our city. Here are a few snapshots of the group enjoying their time there.

A traditional welcome

Students were welcomed to campus with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, or wushi. The lion dance is performed at the Chinese New Year but is also used to mark important celebrations or honor esteemed guests. The colorful and energetic “lions,” dancing to the beat of the drums, set an upbeat mood for the students’ first day on campus. It also signified an appropriate beginning for an intense week of class, networking with local alumni, and career development workshops.

Taste of tropical fare

In keeping with cultural theme, students took a break from class to try a selection of tropical fruits native to Southeast Asia; pomelo, longan, carambola, mangosteen and star fruit. We hoped that the natural sugar would help carry them through their Negotiations class!

Work hard, play hard

Work hard and play hard is a mantra familiar to our Executive MBA students. The group ended their fourth class day with a boat tour of Victoria Harbour aboard the renowned Star Ferry. They were treated to the famous “Symphony of Lights” show, known as the world's largest permanent light and sound staging. The tour provided unforgettable views of the city at night and the accompanying music and narration from the symphony was the perfect way to capture the enthusiasm and energetic spirit of Hong Kong.

Goodbye for now, with more journeys to come

We closed the week with dinner at the R66 Revolving Restaurant, where students could take in 360° views of the city. The week ended with lots of hard work, fun, laughter and the knowledge that it’s just a temporary goodbye - we’ll see them back in class again soon!

Oh behalf of the Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions team,

Stephanie Wong

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Executive MBA Asia