International Research Project (IRP)

What is the IRP?

AEclipse’s International Research Project is a prestigious and exciting project, in which a group of excellent and motivated students perform a research for a third party to leave a sustainable impact in a developing country. The IRP consists of a four-month desk-research in Rotterdam, and a two-week field-research in the selected country.

During the trip, you will collect data for the research by visiting numerous companies and institutions. The IRP represents a unique mix of social, academic and professional activities, ending with a two-week study trip. As such, it represents the ultimate opportunity to bring all your acquired economic knowledge into practice by applying learned theories to practical situations. The beauty of the project lies in the unification of academic research done in Rotterdam and on-the-ground experiences from local experts, academia and businesses at the destination.

What does the IRP consist of?

Each year, around 20 students set out to a developing country visiting companies and famous cultural sights, and – of course – to collect data for their research. In January, the participants begin their economic research on the selected country. Participants will meet weekly in small groups and work on the paper. Up to the departure several months later, the IRP committee hosts various activities, including symposia, guest lectures and company visits which are all linked to that particular country and the subject of the research. The trip itself is of course the highlight of the IRP and consists of a two-week long visit to one or more cities in the chosen country. The students will get to know the culture, the people, companies, institutions and conduct high level economic research on-site. Back in Rotterdam, they will finalize the paper and present the research in a final symposium.

Click here to get more information on last year’s IRP 2016-2017: Nicaragua

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