As part of its mission to “foster innovation for the positive transformation of Caribbean enterprises through the development of world-class business professionals and research-based solutions” Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) partnered with approximately 20 companies in Kingston and Montego Bay to provide practical solutions to business problems, through the MSBM Graduate Programme Field Project.
Approximately 120 students from both the Mona and Western Jamaica campuses, who represent the first cohort to participate in this programme, recently completed their projects through a partnership with both public and private sector companies across a range of industries including finance, aviation, marketing and information technology
The field project, which was introduced in September 2017, following consultations with stakeholders, was designed to provide MSBM graduate students with the opportunity to incorporate concepts and theories learned throughout their programme to address a business problem facing organizations. Groups of students are paired with the organization and together with both an academic advisor and a supervisor from the organization, scope and work on the problem collaboratively over a three month period. The students' groups comprise students with varied academic and professional backgrounds in order to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving.
Speaking at a Breakfast Meeting hosted on Wednesday, November 28 by the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) to promote the MBA/MSc Field Project with key corporate stakeholders, James Moss-Solomon, Executive-in-Residence, MSBM and one of the School’s liaisons with industry for the programme, stated that the introduction of the field project was evidence of MSBM’s evolution as a solutions-oriented institution. He said employers, both in the private and public sectors were looking to hire persons who are ready to work and equipped with, not only academic knowledge but practical skills which they can apply to the job.