man once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you –
ask what you can do for your country.” And so I draw the
inspiration of his memory, and begin the 18th Session of the
Executive Committee by saying to my fellow alumni, “Ask not
what your School can do for you – but what you can do for
last few years, we have cast aside all doubt that our MBA
Program is one of the world’s bests. Given the tender age
of our University – some of us may even have children older
than HKUST – our meteoric rise can only attribute to the
caliber of our academic team, real life impacts made by our
alumni, and tireless efforts from everyone in the
University, the Business School and the MBA Program.
compared with our global top 10 MBA Program, the strength of
our alumni community is not as easily measured nor as well
documented. Magazines and institutions will not rank us as
Asia’s or even the world’s #1 MBA alumni community. Nor
will corporate leaders we meet compliment us on it. But it
should not stop us from striving for it.
We will not become the world’s #1 community within the next
year, or the next 10. But let us begin. So let me sound
the bugle now. Dear fellow alumni, in your hands more than
in mine, will rest our success, as it is an undertaking too
great for one man, or one team, one class or one generation
How? You may ask. It is simple. Start by asking what you
can do for your alma mater and community. Then do it.
event, or host one.
Join a MBAAA interest club and team, or create one.
Reach out to your fellow classmates, or to an alumnus you
have never met before.
Contribute time, ideas or resources to our causes, or take
one of our younger alumni under your wings.
Give back what you have learnt in class to your society in
the name of HKUST MBA, or spread the word of those who did.
Ask not what your School can do for you – but what you can
do for her. Because only through the contribution of each
and every one of us, can we truly share and shape the pride
in being a HKUST MBA alumnus.
Fritz Chen (FT07)
President, HKUST MBA Alumni Association