Teaching MSc and PhD without the necessary budget: be reassured that it's common in so-called developed countries too, for instance France. I very strongly suppose this is the true reason behind the development of computational chemistry anywhere. I've seen the same drift in electrical engineering. My interrogation is how useful and valid computational anything is - in electrical engineering it's not very valid despite circuits are easier to model and predict than chemistry.
A software for general chemical equilibria might be useful - take more opinions here. Some exist for flames, others for ionic aqueous solutions, but I've seen no general one. At least at the first development years, it needs only brain time, no material expenses. The unknown is how to make money with it (if you want that!) despite the software demands a huge database. The business models I imagine are:
- Completely free, like Latex. Your University supports one or two persons to develop and maintain the software and database, and the thermochemistry data is supplied freely by the users worldwide, again like the Latex packages are.
- Low-priced at the beginning, when the software contains no database. The paying users input their data to run the software locally. You pay a symbolic sum like 5usd to your customers when they send you data that you ntegrate to the base. Over time, the database grows and you sell the software for more money.
- Or your team gathers the data, and this costs years, possibly prior to the first sale.
If you access a calorimetric bomb, you can study the heat of formation of geminal amines. The three compounds CN(C)CN(C)C, CN(C)CC(C)C and CC(C)CC(C)C cost very little to buy or synthesize. Too easy and short for an MSc?
Same for the density of n-alkanes: costs nearly zero (liquid nitrogen), but too easy and short? By the way, how long is an MSc thesis? (I come from a different education system)
Developing expertise for the use of Uv Led would be an opportunity right now. While not Nobel-ripe, just telling the community "I've tried this known reaction with Led instead of an Hg lamp" would raise the awareness of Led and promote them, something useful just now, which the Led manufacturer can sponsor. Just find a bunch of classical reactions using cheap reactants and 365nm-385nm-405nm light. Cheap way to participate in progress.
Same scheme for the exotic photochemical reactions: they need a set of expensive lamps that their manufacturer may offer. The reactants are cheap. Try dozens of reactions, especially the halogen and groups swapping ones if they bring something, and publish the results to the delight of the lamp manufacturer. Err, first take more opinions here, these photochemical reactions are just my ramblings, a due proportion must be nonsense.