Real taste of the business world for Greenwich students


The University of Greenwich has been giving students a chance to immerse themselves in the world of business as part of an innovative module on one of its courses.

Over the last year the university has run a series of successful events with organisations such as Barclays and Electrosonic, an innovative technology and audio-visual solutions company, as part of the Global Integrative Project module in the International Business degree.

The module is designed to bring students closer to real business.

As well as the theory learnt on their course, students get an opportunity for practical experience of working on corporate projects, benefitting from the experiences of live pitching and writing consultancy reports.

Some of the corporate challenges they tackled included coming up with a global diversity programme to recruit and retain more female workers in a male-dominated engineering sector and deciding whether to open a European office to service EU clients after Brexit.

The best teams were invited to present to the company's board.

Olivia Clark who is an International Business with Language student, said: "It was an interesting experience to be able to interact with the company and use skills that we have learnt at university, apply them and have live feedback from Barclays and Electrosonic. It's been a fantastic experience where they can look at our presentation skills and our recommendations."

The companies involved get an opportunity to work with graduates, and potential employees, of the future, helping them to shape their skills through working on real-life problems.

Michael Harkness from Electrosonic, said: "For me the overall programme and the way the faculty has set it up has been wonderful. We definitely see the benefit in the partnership which we hope to continue; it's been beneficial for everyone involved."

Emily Irving from Barclays, said: "We thought about the clients in our team that might benefit from this experience and we picked a business that we knew would work well with the students, so for us it's about giving back to our clients and the university as well."

For more information about the BA International Business degree or to talk to our programme team about working in partnership with the University of Greenwich, contact