Mastering innovation and entrepreneurship at Hong Kong’s GREAT Festival

Posted by pt91 at Mar 23, 2018 01:12 PM |
University of Leicester School of Business will be showcasing two innovative new Master’s courses on an international stage

Issued by University of Leicester on 23 March 2018

The University of Leicester School of Business (ULSB) is showcasing two brand new Master’s degrees: MSc Entrepreneurship and MSc Innovation Management in Organisations as one of the partners of the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.

Representatives of the University are at the four-day Festival organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade to promote the School’s expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Established to showcase the UK’s creativity and leadership across a host of industry and education sectors, the Festival, taking place until 24 March 2018, focuses on how innovation, technology and creativity will change the way we work, live, learn and play in the years to come.

A packed programme includes keynote speakers, panel discussion sessions and interactive master classes looking at how businesses can make the most of new ideas, technologies and markets.

Steve Conway, Associate Professor of Innovation at ULSB, said: “Our two new courses are aimed at anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit or innovative mind and would like to learn how to manage innovative ideas, either within organisations or as an entrepreneur.

“With our MSc Innovation Management in Organisations you will learn how to take a product or service from concept to market. With our MSc Entrepreneurship you will learn how to set up a new entrepreneurial business.

“The broad scope of these two Master’s degrees will open up a wide range of entrepreneurial roles for graduates including innovation management, venture capital, entrepreneurial activities and consultancy. Students would also benefit from career support from our in-house Career Development Manager and the University’s Career Development Service which offers tailored postgraduate employability support.”

The courses, which are open for September 2019 entry, involve innovative approaches to learning and teaching, including guest speakers who are entrepreneurs or work in innovative organisations. Five Entrepreneurs in Residence will allow students to learn first-hand from those who have extensive experience in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The School of Business will also be promoting its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme in Hong Kong. Dr Peter Rodgers, Director of the MBA Programme, will be attending the festival and explains what the course has to offer: “We understand that our students lead busy lives at work and outside of work. This is why The Leicester MBA has been designed specifically to suit the demands of tomorrow’s global leaders.

“We have tailored our programme to give students the flexibility to fit their studies around their professional and personal commitments by combining both online and face-to-face learning. With the Leicester MBA we also offer extensive career support from the start and our 12,000 Leicester MBA alumni worldwide are a testament to our expertise and experience in helping professionals succeed. We are looking to showcase our fantastic course in a key market for us.”

The University of Leicester School of Business is a vibrant, international and interdisciplinary community of over 150 academics. Building on over 90 years of experience in delivering business education, we are internationally renowned for our courses in accounting and finance, management, marketing and economics, with a global alumni network of over 30,000. It is ranked 14th in the UK for research power reflecting the pioneering work we conduct in partnership with leaders, managers and organisations to promote and strengthen responsible business practice.

The University of Leicester’s leading role in space research and technologies will be represented at the GREAT Festival of Innovation from 21 - 24 March in Hong Kong organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade. Space science researcher and aspiring astronaut Dr Suzie Imber will join representatives of the University in talking about some of the latest exciting developments to come from space science and space-enabled technologies. The GREAT Festival of Innovation will explore how innovation impacts the way we LIVE, WORK, PLAY and LEARN with an impressive line-up of thought leaders and entrepreneurs from business, education, culture, media technology, and government.

For more information, please visit or follow the hashtag #GREATinnovation.

Matthew Hornshaw, Group Director at the University of Leicester Future Students Office, said: “This is a great honour for us to be represented in Hong Kong, highlighting the world-class creative excellence that comes from the UK. This promises to be an amazing event. Asia is obviously a key region for us and one that we are eager to further our engagement with.”


Notes to editors:

  • The Festival – established as part of the Government’s GREAT Britain campaign – celebrates existing links between the UK and Asia, and promotes enhanced collaboration in the areas of trade, education, media and government. At the same time a comprehensive cultural programme will also feature the best of UK’s creative arts. Performances include live music, fashion shows, cookery demonstrations and dance.
  • The GREAT Festival of Innovation Hong Kong will be the third of its kind, following successful events in Istanbul (2014) and Shanghai (2015). Its vision is to create long-term partnerships that drive the future of free trade and prosperity between the UK and Asia.
  • The GREAT Britain campaign is currently active in 144 countries and has already delivered £2.7 billion in economic benefits for the UK
  • Several hundred invited delegates will attend the Hong Kong event, which takes place at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre and will feature more than 60 panels and events over its four days

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