The vision of the Society Hub is to become “A leading force in the knowledge economy in a digital age”. Our mission is to cultivate interdisciplinary talents with cutting-edge analytical skills and an open and growing mindset, ready at resolving socio-economic issues and contributing to the knowledge economy in a network society and a rapidly changing world.
While the scope of interdisciplinary research will need to serve the national development strategy and respond to market demand, the Society Hub focuses in the near term on the following four thrust areas: Urban Governance and Design; Innovation, Policy, and Entrepreneurship; Financial Technology; and MBA plus/EMBA plus, namely, interdisciplinary MBA programs such as MBA plus Finance, MBA plus entrepreneurship, MBA plus Aviation Financial Management, MBA plus Family Business and Wealth Management, MBA plus Law etc.
The programs offered under the four thrust areas are as follows. We welcome students with strong analytical mind from a diverse set of backgrounds such as Economics/Business, Social Sciences, as well as Science and Engineering. No prior training in Economics is required. We will strive to provide an environment to facilitate collaboration among students and between students and faculty members across disciplines and across the Hubs.
Urban governance is far broader than the usual urban planning and urban management. It encompasses a wide range of economic and social issues such as Human Capital Development, Inequality/Poverty/Social Mobility/Social Stratification, Labor Migration/Labor Market Friction, Public Asset Management/Public Economics, Population/Fertility/Ageing, Regulation on Optimizing Business Environment. It concerns many aspects of the business world and socio-economic development. Urban design can cover issues such as Governance and Digital Transformation, Infrastructure/Smart City/A Network Society, Openness/Urban Agglomeration.
Students will develop their ability to identify issues of social impact and conduct quantitative analysis. The MPhil and PhD theses ought to provide analysis in depth that will have real world implications for business/government policymaking.
This interdisciplinary program is to prepare the next generation of leaders for solving problems at the interface of technology and society through innovation in technology, institution, policy, entrepreneurship, and business model. Students will focus their research on a combination of the following topics: Innovation and Intellectual Property Right Protection, Innovation and Strategic Change, Innovation and Technology Management, Anti-Trust/Competition Policy, Health Studies/Health Care Policy, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Mechanism Design, Experimental Economics and Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship and Organization Theory, and Entrepreneurship and Financial Management.
Students will develop their ability to identify issues concerning the technology of the future and how to create environment conducive for its creation, dissemination, and management. The MPhil and PhD theses ought to provide analysis in depth that will have real world implications for business/government policymaking.
FinTech is dubbed one of the most dynamic fields that will revolutionize the financial industry. Talents in this area is in high demand. Students will focus their research on a combination of the following topics: FinTech and Regulation, AI/Big Data, Blockchain/Cryptocurrency/DCEP, Financial Market Design, Data Analytics/Data Visualization, Risk Management, and Financial Inclusion.
Students will acquire knowledge in Economics and Finance, and sharpen their computational and coding skills to identify and solving research questions of their interest. The MPhil and PhD theses ought to provide analysis in depth that will have real world implications for business/government policymaking.
An indispensable function of the Society Hub is to cultivate business talents by integrating traditional MBA/EMBA curriculum with education in specialized areas that anticipates/responds to high market demand and brings the students to the forefront of technological development. This integration gives rise to the MBA+/EMBA+ programs. The programs under development include MBA/EMBA plus:
- Technology Management
- Aviation Management/Aviation Financial Management
- Health Care
- Family Business and Wealth Management
- MBA/MPA Dual Degree
The programs are not available for 2020, but you are welcome to send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in the above "plus areas" so that we can notify you when the admission starts.