As the global economy starts to warm up, major corporations are recommencing recruitment to prepare themselves for the next boom in business.
With many high-calibre professionals having lost their jobs during the recent downturn, multinationals have a ready-made pool of talent to choose from, says Amy Lau, Assistant Manager, Course Consultation and Recruitment, Kaplan Higher Education.
"Since there is no shortage of experienced and available recruits out there, firms are likely to adopt more stringent selection practices, targeting those candidates with the best qualifications and superior management skills," Ms Lau points out. "This is therefore a good time for business professionals to invest in postgraduate studies to maintain a competitive edge and embrace the new challenges in the ever-changing marketplace."
Management institution and life-long education provider Kaplan Higher Education offers a study programme leading to a Master of Science (Finance Pathway) degree awarded by University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin. Accredited by the three centres of business and academic excellence — AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, the university's Michael Smurfit School of Business is ranked 40th internationally by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2008.
The programme aims to boost the knowledge and management skills of mid-level and senior managers in the finance sector. "The global finance and business community craves professionals with the skills and insights gained through a master's degree," Ms Lau notes. "The value of this qualification will continue to increase as the economy improves and companies grow."
The business school has more than 100 years of history in Europe and is in its 15th year running of the Master of Science programme in Hong Kong. The programme is taught over four terms of 14 weeks each and comprises course work as well as two research papers.
The curriculum is akin to that of an MBA programme, combining various fields of knowledge.
"Analytical and strategic management skills are essential in today's workplace," says Ms Lau.
She explains that the programme targets degree holders working in the finance industry, or those intending to enhance their knowledge in finance field. "Seminars and workshops, held in the evenings or over weekends, are conducted by visiting lecturers from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin and by international associates. The programme provides students with the practical skills they need to advance in their careers in modern financial institutions," Ms Lau adds.
There are two intakes annually for the programme — in July and in December. The four core modules of the intensive programme cover similar territory as other internationally recognised master's programmes in management and business administration do. Students are required to study the core modules of organisational behaviour, strategic management and business policy, corporate financial management and marketing management.
In the third and fourth terms, students move on to their areas of specialisation and study four pathway modules in the finance discipline. Students are assessed on the basis of written assignments and examinations.