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12 Jul 2017

Aston-Kaplan HK DBA Launch Event

Kaplan Higher Education and Aston Business School to Launch
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Programme in Hong Kong
A Triple-Crown Accredited Business School Aimed
To Groom the New Generation of Intellectually Curious Business Leaders 


(Hong Kong, 12 July 2017) Nowadays, it is quite common that many successful executives are MBA or master’s degree holders. However, to stand out from the crowd and excel oneself as true elites, some of them would opt for an even higher goal – to put a “DBA” after their names. To match with such an expansive desire for the professional doctorate and groom for the new generation of researcher-practitioners, Kaplan Higher Education and Aston University are jointly offering their Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Programme in Hong Kong from July 2018 onwards.

This programme is designed for business leaders and senior management professional who are inspired to conduct their creative and original researches in the fields of strategies, governance and professional practices for their own businesses’ continuous improvements as well as for the benefits of the peers’ knowledge gains.

Dr. Geoff Parkes, Aston DBA graduate and Associate Dean for International of Aston Business School, says, “The DBA is a programme for the intellectually curious practitioner– an experienced business leader who wants to know ‘why’ and create knowledge to inform decision making.”

Kaplan Higher Education and Aston University held the ‘DBA programme Agreement Signing Ceremony cum Press Conference’ at The Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay today. Before the signing ceremony, Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, highlighted on the university’s vision of education for the guests. It was followed by a brief introduction of the DBA programme by Ms. Wendy Yip, Director of International Development at Aston University.

In addition, Aston University was honoured to have one of its distinguished alumni, Professor Cheung Bing-leung, Anthony who recently retired from the post of Secretary for Transport and Housing, presented at the press conference. Professor Cheung shared his fond memories of the alma mater, in particular, the many rewards of his studies at the university for both his career and personal life.

Founded in 1895, Aston University is well known for its first-class teaching quality and outstanding in the academic researches, particularly, in the business fields, since its DBA is internationally recognised. Aston Business School is a triple-crown accredited institution (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). It stands out as one of the 1% top business schools in the world. Aston Business School has close connections with some major corporations and its researches are highly acclaimed on the global scale. According to the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), in 2014, 78% of Aston University’s researches were “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Among them, researches in business related fields received 3* or 4* (4* being the highest rating) in terms of their impacts.

Aston University’s DBA is highly appraised by the AMBA. In the 2015 accreditation report, the programme is praised for its high quality programme supervision and support from teaching staff. Faculty members from Aston University will travel to Hong Kong to conduct the classes in person and offer their fullest extent of support to the students. In the first year of the programme, the University will arrange a thesis supervisor to help the students building a solid framework for their theses and exploring the best research methods.

Kaplan Higher Education in Hong Kong was founded in 1991. It has been collaborating with some of the best universities in the world for offering their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to meet the local students’ continuing education needs and has trained over 10,000 students.  Kaplan offered its first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme with a partner university in 1994, the first Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme in 1997, and the first Doctor of Education (EdD) programme in 2011. With over hundreds of doctorate candidates and graduates, Kaplan fully understands the challenges students may face in their studies and the supports they needed throughout their learning journeys.