Hong Kong's financial and business sectors have grown rapidly over the past few years, creating tremendous opportunities for established financial practitioners while at the same time increasingly attracting newcomers to the industry.
To achieve success, dedicated individuals working in the field must constantly improve their skills and knowledge.
The UK-based University of Greenwich has been collaborating with local professional training organisation ABRS Professional Learning Services for nearly a decade to provide intensive and internationally recognised degree programmes for students in Hong Kong.
"Our university has a long history in UK, dating back to the late 19th century, and we therefore have strong links to professional bodies and staff with a wealth of commercial experience," says Nick Hand, a professor from the University of Greenwich.
"With ABRS's experience in developing specialised training programmes for students in Hong Kong and the fact that our institutions share similar values in the quest to provide students with quality education, we have worked together on a number of degree programmes to equip our students and help them become competitive professionals," he adds.
Representatives of ABRS and the university recently met to review their existing Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Administration and Bachelor (Honours) in Accounting & Finance degree programmes, as well as further business and financial courses to be developed in future.
Co-operation with the University of Greenwich to facilitate the bachelor programmes have tremendously benefited ABRS's students, says Bernard Chan, general manager and programme director of ABRS.
Students have access to a wide selection of learning facilities, including an online library with numerous electronic journals and articles to assist with research and studies. An online e-learning system, WEBCT, which has been specifically designed to facilitate a more convenient, dynamic and secure learning environment for undergraduates, is also of great benefit to students.
The partnership between a local educational institution and an overseas university has provided students with a precious opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of various business functions in an international context, while learning how to apply this in the Hong Kong business environment.
More than just being a trend, continuous education has become crucial for long-term career development. Mr Chan believes it is important for individuals selecting a professional programme to keep in mind their career aspirations and prospects in order to ensure that their institution of choice has the ability and resources to help them grow and enhance their expertise in their field.
"Students need dedication ¡X not only to successfully complete their degrees, but also in their chosen professions," Mr Chan concludes.