OUHK offers a new Master's programme on international human resources management in collaboration with French university| 21 Aug 2018
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has lined up with Universite Paris II Pantheon-Assas, a world-acclaimed university, in bringing to Hong Kong the latest expertise in international human resources management.
Master in International Human Resources Management (MiHRM), is the first Master's degree of its kind in Hong Kong, and is available in both full-time and part-time modes. The first intake this September is limited to 20 to 25 students.
Partnership with top-tier educator
Jointly offered by the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration of OUHK and the Interdisciplinary Center for Human Resources Education (CIFFOP) of Universite Paris II Pantheon-Assas, MiHRM adopts the same programme structure and entry requirements as that offered in Paris.
Renowned for its uncompromising teaching quality and rigorous tutoring system, CIFFOP is a widely-recognized French university institute that aims to groom graduates to take on challenges in a rapidly-changing business environment. It also has a strong network of human resources practitioners and a pool of management-level alumni, as developed over its 46 years of history since inception in 1971.
Professor Alan Au Kai-ming, Dean of Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, highlights the uniqueness of the programme: "MiHRM is a rare gem because it is the first French Master's programme in Human Resources Management that is taught in English in Hong Kong."
"Academic institutions in Hong Kong generally have good connections with English-speaking countries such as the UK, the US, Canada or Australia, but rarely do they have exchanges or maintain close relationship with European countries such as France," he observes. "I am sure this programme will enhance our students' exposure to the distinctive European style of HRM."
Learning with practice
Professor Au points out that CIFFOP has an established internship system whereby HR practitioners from the industry help students keep up with the latest practices in the profession. "Its practical approach dovetails with OUHK's teaching principle," he adds. "The common objective enables us to work together closely."
Ms Muriel de Fabregues, Co-Director of CIFFOP and Co-Director of the Master's degree in HRM, points out that the beauty of setting up a branch in OUHK is that Hong Kong is a melting pot for cultures from the East and the West. The environment facilitates interaction for students to master the HR systems not only in Hong Kong and greater China, but also across Europe.
Upon completion of the programme, graduates are expected to have acquired the necessary HRM skills in areas including global staffing, knowledge management, compensation and benefits, mobility, competency management, employee relations, and diversity management. They will also be able to design and implement HRM policies and practices at corporate, country, site or business unit levels.
In addition to academic knowledge, students will also have developed the ability to operate effectively in a multicultural environment, and gained concrete experience in an international setting by learning to be aware of cultural diversity and sensitivity.
Extensive network of alumni
MiHRM graduates enjoy the bonus of an extensive network of alumni from these two universities, covering both Hong Kong and France. Ms Fabregues reveals that many French multi-national corporations have made contact with CIFFOP and welcome the establishment of the Master's degree in Hong Kong. "As many management-level practitioners are our graduates, they are confident in our quality of teaching," she says. "Some of them have even showed interest in providing internship positions for our students."
Locally, Dr Anthony Ko Chi-keung, Associate Dean of Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, underscores the School's illustrious profile of alumni and its close connections with the local industry. Over the years, it has been able to tap into the expertise of local HRM practitioners in its wide range of business programmes. As a result, students are kept up-to-date with industry trends. "Our seasoned academics equip students with advanced theories, while the tutors update them with the latest real world practices," he adds.
MiHRM covers six main themes related to international human resources management. They include:
- understanding the human resources environment;
- attracting, selecting and developing people;
- enhancing people involvement;
- mastering human resources tools;
- mastering the legal context and industrial relations;
- implementing sustainable human resources management.
Students are required to complete the 34 modules under the six main themes, half of which are taught by academics from OUHK with the syllabus adapted from CIFFOP, while another half by staff of CIFFOP flying in from France.
Beside the modules, full-time students will be required to undertake an internship which usually lasts six months. The study duration of the programme is approximately one year.
OUHK and CIFFOP welcome any candidate as long as they satisfy the following requirements:
- A Bachelor's degree or first year Master's degree (or equivalent) in management, law, humanities, human resources etc;
- A strong motivation for a career in HRM;
- Professional experience in an international and/or HRM setting (e.g. internship, summer job, etc.);
- A keen interest in working in an international environment;
- Fluency in English (with specified certifications)
- Sharing from an alumnus
Joel Tong, an alumnus of this Master's programme, appreciates the experience she gained in the year she spent in CIFFOP. "This work/study alternation programme of CIFFOP allowed me to acquire practical HRM skills through classes and internship," she says.
The opportunity of studying aboard is also beneficial for her to work in a multi-cultural environment. "Being immersed in a multicultural environment, I was able to get in touch with peers and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds, which allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of different cultures. As CIFFOP also organized professional seminar abroad for us to discover the international HR world and meet with numerous HR professionals from MNCs, it makes a good platform to meet smart people and is truly a stepping stone to my professional HR career," Joel concludes.
*Master in International Human Resources Management is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Ref.No: 472762). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration
The Open University of Hong Kong,
Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong
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