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GBA Business School


About GBA Business School


Having its root in the Greater Bay Area, the GBA Business School aims to establish itself as a prominent world-class institution by providing advanced and practical business education and executive training of excellent quality.



Our mission is to nurture talents and leaders that adopts global perspective, innovative mindset, technological know-how, strategic orientation, strong personal commitment, social responsibility and expertise in leveraging regional advantages.


Our values are to develop cutting-edge strategic thinking and management expertise, to nurture world-class leaders and management professionals, and to serve the needs of Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, China and the world.

The Six Pillars are our philosophy in running the GBA Business School. These are also the same characteristics which we expect our students to use in conducting themselves.

  1. Context relevance 因時因地
  2. Practicality 實事求是
  3. Entrepreneurship 創業唯心
  4. Tech-focused 科技唯識
  5. East + West 學貫中西
  6. Global perspective 海納百川

Our Education Focus

  • Be flexible, make adjustments according to needs of changing time and place, not be constrained by traditions and conventions. Courses are designed according to the needs of the specific time and place.
  • Be pragmatic, combine theories and practices to establish effective actions. Courses are designed to serve practical needs of the society.
  • Be entrepreneurial, stay true to the objectives and realize that success comes from adhering to entrepreneurship in mind. Entrepreneurship is integrated into all courses.
  • Be innovative, master technology as an enabler for achieving success. Technology, innovation and data analytics are the major thrusts in our teaching and research.
  • Be intercultural, embrace knowledge from different cultures and schools of thought, integrate wisdoms from both the East and the West to formulate new ways of management thinking. Chinese philosophies from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Legalism, as well as Western philosophies and sciences, are all included in our curriculum.
  • Be inclusive, live and let live, and win by integrity. We gather talents from all over the world and pool wisdom from various sources to develop future leaders of the world.




From the Board

Dr Liu Yung Chau
Chairman of the Board
GBA Business School
Chairman’s Message


Education is a great cause for the very long term.

Through our work for the Edvantage Group, we have long been engaged deeply in the education sector with a solid foundation already established in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. We understand how important it is to cultivate talents.

To support the development of the Greater Bay Area, we are determined to do our utmost, committing the necessary resources, to develop the “GBA Business School”. Our objective is to make the school A World-Class Business School for the Greater Bay Area.


Prof Andrew Chi Fai ChanSBS JP
President, GBA Business School
President’s Message
The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an enormous opportunity from a historical perspective. All economic, industrial, and technological developments would not be possible without crucial talents being available.

Having been involved in business education for nearly 40 years, I am very honoured to have this opportunity to be a part of this GBA Business School endeavour, making contributions to this generational development.

Supported by my colleagues and all involved, I hope our endeavour will serve Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area, China and the whole world well. We will do our very best to make the GBA Business School A Renowned International Higher Education Institution.



Management Team

Prof Andrew Chi Fai Chan SBS JP
GBA Business School
Prof Dicky Shek
Honorary Vice President
GBA Business School

of GBA

With a total area of around 56,000 km2, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) consists of the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. By the end of 2019, the Greater Bay Area has achieved a combined GDP of USD 1.6795 trillion, which is comparable with the Tokyo, San Francisco and New York bay areas.

Leveraging their respective advantages in the financial, professional services, high-end manufacturing and technological innovation sectors, the nine municipalities and two special administrative regions will facilitate in-depth collaboration and integration so that the entire area will become the most diversified urban agglomeration as well as a first-class shipping, trade, finance and technological innovation centre for the world.

Following infrastructure, cultivating world-class talents will be the next important development focus paramount for realizing all these excellent opportunities offered by the GBA.

The GBA Business School will strive to cultivate business leaders with a broad global perspective, through our cohesive integration of the cultures from both the East and the West, along with a focus on developing innovativeness in technological applications, to lead in the drive for economic and social advancements that will significantly benefit the whole society.

Source: HKGCC (2016)




Being the most open and international city in the Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong is known for its status as an international financial, transportation, trade, and aviation hub as well as its renowned professional services. On the one hand, Hong Kong will facilitate and support the economic development of the region, with a view to enhancing the role and functions of the Greater Bay Area in the country’s two-way opening up; on the other hand, the blueprint will facilitate the development of industries in which Hong Kong’s strengths lie in the Greater Bay Area, capitalizing on Hong Kong’s strengths to serve the country’s needs.

The deepening in the development will inevitably require a more high-quality workforce and talents in the newly defined business environment. Hong Kong can capitalize on its past international experience by offering world-class education and development to the talents who will play pivotal roles in the blueprint. The establishment of the GBA Business School will bridge the gap and upskill the existing talent pool in the Area and make an instrumental contribution to this mega-development plan.

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44.18 million
19.98 million
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1,774.24 billion
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1,717.73 billion
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837.57 million
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Role, Duty and Future Plan

As a Super-Connector, Providing Advice and Consultancy

The GBA Business School will play a “Super-Connector” role, coordinating and collaborating with different organizations, gathering talents, pooling wisdom, and in turn offering strategic plans and proposals for the development of the Greater Bay Area.

We are now in the process of establishing a knowledge base and talents network, bringing together experts from different sectors and “leader-scholars” with a background of both academic excellence and industrial competence.

We hope to form strategic partnerships with both the public and private sectors, providing them with the necessary information and support that will contribute to the Greater Bay Area. Through our cooperation with different industries and enterprises, we will carry out relevant research, with results and findings that will be shared back with the society.

For members of our young generation interested in starting business or establishing career in the Greater Bay Area, and all who have a thirst for knowledge in business management, the GBA Business School will provide the necessary support.


Education and Training, Research and Innovation

Not bound by traditions and conventions, the GBA Business School will design its programmes and courses according to the practical needs of the society following changing times and circumstances.

For the time being, we are producing a series of seminars entitled “New Strategic Thinking for the Greater Bay Area”, with leaders invited from different sectors to share their practical experiences and insights. In addition, we will also organize online and offline workshops, and even tailor-made leadership training programmes for individual enterprises.

Looking forward, our plans are to progressively offer programmes towards Executive Certificate or Diploma, MBA, EMBA and DBA. With these, we hope we can cultivate more future leaders and talents in different areas for the benefit of the Greater Bay Area.

We hope not only will all students going through our programmes be able to keep up with the times, use a global perspective and adopt entrepreneurial practices, they will also be able to master innovations through technology and develop unique insights in combining Eastern and Western concepts, thereby bringing higher values towards building a better society for the Greater Bay Area.

As in a Chinese proverb, “diligence will be rewarded by heaven; trustworthiness will be rewarded in business”. We will bend over backwards in our effort to achieve our objectives of nurturing future entrepreneurs and thereby creating enterprises of the future.


Global Strategic Positions

  • World’s freest economy & most services-oriented economy services sector accounts for more than 90% of GDP.
  • World’s 8th largest exporter of merchandise trade.
  • World’s 15th largest exporter of commercial services.
  • Global FDI inflows to Hong Kong rank 3rd globally.
    Amounted to $115.7 billion in 2018, behind only the Chinese mainland (#139 billion) in Asia
  • Largest offshore RMB clearing center.
    Sharing about 79% of the world’s RMB payments.
  • 3rd largest stock market in Asia and 5th largest in the world in terms of market cap.
  • 3rd leading global financial center, after New York and London.
  • Hong Kong International Airport ranks 7th in the world in terms of container throughput.

As of 2018, Source: HKTDC


Under the GBA Development, Hong Kong will continue to act as a super connecting hub for Macao SAR, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai in alluring external investment and talents, absorbing internationally advanced technologies and managerial expertise during China’s reform and opening-up process.

With regard to the rapidly changing global business environment, Hong Kong’s role in the development of the GBA will become more proactive, as mentioned by Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the Symposium on the “Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” in February 2020.





The Opportunities

Hong Kong is well known as a world financial center; Shenzhen is well known as China’s “Silicon Valley” because of its innovation and startup culture; Guangzhou is known for its manufacturing industry and as a logistics hub; and Macau and Zhuhai are known for leisure and tourism.

A more integrated and open GBA allows for the further development of these industries. Hong Kong will tap Into Shenzhen’s booming innovation and start-up ecosystem while retaining Hong Kong’s strong legal system and business environment.

As an international city with a highly developed professional service industry and RMB convertibility, Hong Kong can assist Chinese companies to achieve these global ambitions, just as it has traditionally assisted international companies in achieving their ambitions in mainland China.

If the initiative develops according to plan, the region will be transformed from “The Factory of the World” to a dynamic hub of innovation and services with a GDP of US$4.62 trillion by 2030. This could mean the Pearl River Delta overtaking rival bay areas in Tokyo, New York, and San Francisco to become the biggest in the world in terms of GDP.


The Strategic Role of Hong Kong

The National Development and Reform Commission recently revealed 40 initiatives aimed at empowering Shenzhen as a pilot zone for further economic reform. Many of the initiatives, including becoming more market-oriented, opening itself to greater foreign investment, and building up its financial and capital markets as well as legal and arbitration services, are areas of strength for Hong Kong.

“The Bay Area will give fresh momentum to Hong Kong’s economy. It will also provide new policy opportunities to improve the city’s quality of life,” Carrie Lam said earlier.

In addition to its leadership positions in financial service, trade, and investment, Hong Kong will also act as an engine in education and talent development, especially talents who can bridge the East and West. Now there are five universities in Hong Kong that are being ranked within the top 100 by various rankings. The establishment of the GBA Business School, a new age state of the art one, will play a role in offering the required knowledge, building practitioners’ social network, and acting as a change agent in the business community of Hong Kong as well as in the Area.




大灣區戰略新思維:數碼港 - 大灣區發展路向及機遇

香港數碼港管理有限公司行政總裁任景信先生,聯同大灣區商學院校長陳志輝教授和榮譽副校長石義強教授,談論數碼港和大灣區商學院如何合作培育有志在大灣區創業或發展的年青人,成就他們的事業。 大灣區的發展潛力 全球創科發展,增速迅猛,在疫情下尤為明顯。數碼港透過積極培育人才,推動產業發展,促進新舊經濟融合,與各持份者一起推動大灣區發展及灣區內的融合。

News / Announcements

Peter Jung, Managing Director of Milton Exhibits, paying us a visit — 09/07/2021 @ GBA Business School 名唐展覧集團 董事總經理 鍾智斌先生

Bruce Lam 林國誠先生Managing Director of CSL Mobile Limited X Marshall Jen 任鴻先生 Managing Director of OpenEd Consulting Group : Business Education and Contribution to Community — 07/07/2021 — Club One

理工大學工商管理博士課程校友 x 大灣區商學院 The PolyU DBA Alumni X GBA BusinessSchool — 05/07/2021 @ Wing On Plaza

14 July 2021

Karen Wong 黃嘉卉小姐, Executive Director and COO of Kam Cha 「金茶王」探訪陳志輝校長 — 05/07/2021 @ TST East

大灣區商學院與香港管理學院在合作項目中,邀請了彭泓基博士談 「中西文化的管理智慧」 Dr. Lawrence Pang : Management Wisdom in the East – West Cultures— Management Series in the HK Academy of Management X GBA Business School Coalition — 27/04/2021