“Anyone can read a book or know about a theory, but the Roehampton Online MBA programme allowed me to read more into the academic side, understand the principles and practice, then implement them in my business and explain them to co-workers and employees.”
Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate
Born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, Steve Hung’s early career was spent in the U.S. working in his family’s business. But in 2014 he returned to Hong Kong with a dual purpose: to give his daughter the chance to experience Chinese culture, and to establish his own company based on contemporary business thinking and best practice.
It was possible, he says, because of the knowledge he learned while studying for an MBA with the University of Roehampton Online. “With a traditional business, you tend not to change things much. They like to follow their established routines. But setting up a new business is challenging and you can apply the new ideas you’ve learned from the MBA and put them into use.”
Steve has a background in surveying and sees parallels between his old life and new. “For a new business, you don’t have any foundations so you can be more creative, you can have new ideas about how you want to run it, whereas a traditional business has methods set up. It’s like houses, because once you build a house all you can then do is the internal decoration. It’s very hard to knock it down and rebuild it.”
Like many Roehampton Online students, Steve studied while juggling the demands of work and family life. After reading his daughter her bedtime story, he worked most evenings from 9pm to 1am. “It’s a struggle at first,” he says. “But you soon get used to it and adjust your lifestyle a bit.”
Now, with his daughter having recently turned six, he hopes to pursue more education. “My business is still relatively new – it’s only two years old – so I want to grow and expand in the next few years. Hopefully I’ll have more free time and I can do some further study that will benefit both me and my business.”
More than 90% of students believe their degree will be valuable or very valuable to their careers after graduation*
*Results calculated by the University of Roehampton, London Online based on the responses of 676 current students who responded to the annual student-satisfaction survey in 2014. At the time the research was fielded, this was a response rate of 33%.