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DEAN’S MESSAGE

Tracing its origin back to 1888 in Guangzhou, Lingnan is the only liberal arts university in Hong Kong with full- residence and whole-person education for inspired students from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and overseas. As an accredited member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Faculty of Business of Lingnan provides high-quality business education distinguished by the best liberal arts tradition at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management is hosted by the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences, which has been playing a very important role in the Faculty’s education mission, and making outstanding contributions in both research and teaching to Lingnan University.

To meet the high demand for qualified IT and supply chain managers in the fast growing business sectors in the Main- land China, Hong Kong, and other places, the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences has designed this unique and forward-looking programme for those wishing to undertake advanced education of eBusiness and Supply Chain Management. The educational model of training managers and professionals with technical background targets a large population of potential students little touched by the existing M.Sc. programmes in Hong Kong. The synergy of faculty expertise in IT and SCM in the Department is well positioned to support the teaching of the programme.

With our supportive yet challenging learning environment, an impressive blend of practical skills and critical thinking in teaching, and the experiential-learning philosophy that encourages professional development and networking with the wider society, graduates of this M.Sc. programme are expected to have highly attractive professional career prospects in Hong Kong and the Mainland China. eBusiness and supply chain is an indispensable component in the economy of Hong Kong, a world trading and distribution centre and also a world-class logistics hub with excellent transportation facilities and service systems. The Mainland China is by far the largest eBusiness market in the world. Every year, tens of thousands of fresh graduates enter the eBusiness-related market as employees or starting their own businesses. The dramatic success of some online firms (e.g., Jingdong and Taobao) depended greatly on the integration of eBusiness and e¢ cient logistics service and supply chain management. I do believe that tremendous opportunities are ahead for the graduates of this programme.

I warmly welcome you to join the Lingnan community and study in this exciting MSc Programme.

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

I am delighted to introduce you to our Master of Science (M.Sc.) in eBusiness and Supply Chain Management Programme at Lingnan University’s Department of Computing and Decision Sciences. The one-year, full-time programme is mainly designed to educate students with information technology (IT) background about key management strategies and approaches in the eBusiness environment, and also help students with or without IT background understand and utilize the IT for supply chain integration in the international and global context. Our focus on the management of supply chain operations in eBusiness with international and global issues is in agreement with the high demand for qualified IT and supply chain managers in industry.

We decide to launch this programme because of the natural connection between eBusiness and supply chain management. The Internet is having a significant impact on how firms interact with each other and with their consumers. With the help of the Internet, all firms in a supply chain can achieve low transaction costs among them, high information visibility and sharing, and great capability of managing complex interfaces in the supply chain. The IT staffs in supply chain operations should understand the management strategies and skills, and the logistics or supply chain officers and managers should have the basic IT knowledge. We accordingly design this programme for individuals who are, or intend to be, IT managers, operations managers, eBusiness consultants, project managers, supply chain coordinators and managers, and eBusiness owners. Our M.Sc. programme can provide students the competencies that are essential not only for professionals working in the relevant fields but also for those seeking positions of eBusiness and supply chain management in manufacturing or service organizations. Graduates from this programme are prepared to enter the job market in Hong Kong, the Mainland China, and elsewhere, and they may also choose to pursue Ph.D. and MPhil degrees in Hong Kong and abroad. Our department is committed to excellence in providing education in both IT skills and knowledge and supply chain management strategies and approaches. All instructors for this M.Sc. programme hold doctoral degrees in Computer Sciences, Operations Management, and Management Science, and they have received leading edge IT and supply chain management education with diverse back- grounds and teaching interests centred on Operations and Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Electronic Commerce. Benefiting from our realistic and highly- respected research activities, our industry experiences, and Lingnan University’s quality assurance system, the Department has been providing high quality education services to all of the relevant undergraduate- and postgraduate-level programmes at Lingnan University.

On behalf of all of the programme staffs, I welcome you to join our M.Sc. programme. I do believe that the M.Sc. programme can help make a certain improvement on your background and enhance your career prospects.

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