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The full-time MBA students are in the midst of their final projects. The topics tackled, along with the kinds of companies involved in MBA projects are wide and varied. Here, Euan McIntosh tells us a little about the fascinating and hugely rewarding project he’ll be working on in the coming weeks:

“Rwanda Eco-Tourist Village 

The 3rd term is mainly the strategy modules, which brings together everything else you have learnt and really gives you the practice you need in order to use the principles out there in the real world.  The project can also be an excellent opportunity to practice using what you have learnt as the projects are real.  The way this works is that the University
staff supply a list of suggested projects, most of which would be working in partnership with external organisations and companies.
However you are also just as free to find your own project on a topic of interest to you.  My project was one suggested by the Uni and it involves working with two of my class mates to write a business plan for settin up an eco-tourism business within a village of orphaned children in Rwanda.

Apart from the fact that it is giving me the chance to practice my new skills, I am also finding it very rewarding – a good business plan could make a real difference to the lives of the villagers.  As a company lawyer my day-job
was very busy and although I always promised myself I would get round to doing pro-bono work it was difficult to find time.  Now this has given me the chance to experience giving something back to communities, I’m really enjoying helping.

At the moment we are conducting interviews over Skype and over the phone with various people in Rwanda who are involved in the tourist industry there with a view to gaining insights into the market and the practicalities of actually setting up a business that is going to be viable.”