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Connectivity in Finance - meetings with CEOs of Credit Suisse, Julius Baer and EFG Bank and the Under-Secretary of the FSTB

 

During the Reading Week, Year 1 & 2 students of the HKU Business School had the opportunity to participate in a 3-day event meeting Mr. Joseph Chan, the Under-Secretary for Financial Services Treasury Bureau (FSTB), Dr. Francois Monnet, Chief Executive of Credit Suisse's Hong Kong Branch, Mr. David Shick, Head Private Banking Greater China and Branch Manager Hong Kong of Bank Julius Baer and Mr. Kees Stoute, CEO of EFG Bank Hong Kong.  The event was arranged by Prof. Anna Wong, Programme Director of Bachelor of Finance in Asset Management and Private Banking.  This is the third year that the event was hosted.

 

Over 100 students from different programmes joined the event. With the social distancing in place, the event was hosted online with Prof. Wong as the face-to-face moderator visiting the speakers’ offices. The students were well prepared for the visits. Very good questions were received before the event and were raised to the speakers either through Prof. Wong as the moderator or asked via the chat function online. The event was well-received, and our students have plenty of takeaways from the visits.

 

“I am writing to express my gratitude for the well-organised programme.  It is inevitable that being in the Econ & Econ&Fin stream I have fewer opportunities like roundtable chats and coffee chats with practitioners than students in the AMPB programme. Thus I am more than happy to be offered such an opportunity and to have learned precious insights, especially for the private banking industry. Therefore a heartfelt thanks to all of you for making the event possible!”

 

The last day of the event was the “most exciting” experience for the students. They participated in a simulation game organised by Amplify Trading simulating a sales and trading environment. While profit/loss of sales and trading is important, the most valuable experience that the students gained was a hands-on feel of how traders react to the unsystematic flow of information and how bankers/traders and asset managers interact with each other.

 

“The simulation was really interesting and meaningful, which allowed students to get a taste of the daily routine of the financial practitioners working in the investment bank and hedge funds. The simulation was fast-paced and stressful, and it honed my multitasking and analytical skills, as well as stress management.”

 

EFG FSTB
From Left: Mr Kees Stoute of EFG Bank Hong Kong; Prof. Anna Wong of HKU Business School From Left: Prof. Anna Wong of HKU Business School; Mr. Joseph Chan of Financial Services Treasury Bureau

 

 

Introduction

“Connectivity in Finance” is a student enrichment programme connecting HKU Business School students to the industry through a series of firm visits, guest talks and trade simulation training. This programme was well received by the past student participants. 

 

Programme Objective

- To allow students to gain fundamental business and financial knowledge

- To offer students to get in touch with the industry so as to boost their confidence for their future career development

 

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