Star-Spangled MSc for CAFRE students

Date published: 16 August 2017

Michigan State University has been home to two College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) students, Rachel Kelly and Aíne Ní Cheanainn, this summer as they work towards completing their theses for the Masters (MSc) in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise.

Taking a time out from their MSc research, Aíne Ní Cheanainn, Kildare and Rachel Kelly, Donegal are pictured in Chicago.

After a year spent studying at Loughry Campus, CAFRE, Rachel and Aíne jumped at the opportunity to experience a different culture while researching an area of their interest.

Commenting on the programme while completing her MSc project in the USA, Aíne said: “This Masters programme has contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development over the past year. What truly sets this programme apart from others is the opportunity to apply theory in real life case studies and tailor your study to your particular line of work. It has been a fantastic opportunity for me to spend time at Michigan State University and complete my Masters research here.”

Living and learning at Michigan State University has provided the students with many benefits and advantages, which will help them to stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive employment marketplace.

Rachel Kelly said: “Over the past year, the programme has developed my interpersonal and management skills. This has enabled me to progress my career. It has also been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad and live in a different culture while making new friends along the way. Having the chance to broaden my CV with this experience will be critical in pursuing my future career.”

The Masters programme which Rachel and Aíne are completing is based at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus in Cookstown. It is part of the suite of post-graduate courses in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise which are delivered by CAFRE and awarded by Queen’s University Belfast.

If you are interested in finding out more or applying for any of these programmes please come along to the Careers Advice Event at Loughry campus on the Thursday 24 August 2017, between 3.00pm and 8.00pm or apply through the Queen's University of Belfast website. Further information on any of our programmes can be obtained by visiting the CAFRE website or Freephone 0800 028 4291.

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