International Business Research

International Business Research is a project run by students of the EBF and the University of Groningen. Each year, IBR conducts research for Dutch companies in growing economies. This year’s destinations of the International Business Research project are Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. The project concerns research that you will conduct for a Dutch company. The preparation phase starts in November, during which you will prepare the research. During your stay abroad (April-June), you will conduct the field research for a period of five weeks. After this, you have the chance to explore the country by travelling in small groups for another five weeks; you’ll be abroad for a total of 10 weeks!


IBR offers you a unique opportunity to conduct a professional research and consult for Dutch companies. Over the years, IBR has established itself as a high-quality project, and offers you the following:

  • Investigations in an objective manner
  • Three months of intensive preparation
  • Extensive knowledge of the Malaysian and Vietnamese market
  • 30 years of research experience 
  • Quality of the project ensured by three supervising professors
  • Support of our Advisory Board
  • 24 top quality senior students with diverse academic backgrounds

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IBR Executive Board

Currently, the IBR Board 2020 is working hard to make IBR another succesful project in the upcoming year!

Join the IBR Executive Board 2021!

International Business Research is a project run by students of the EBF and the University of Groningen. During the project, students conduct research for Dutch companies in growing economies outside of Europe. The entire project consists of 24 participants and one board, consisting of 7 board members. After a year of preparation, you will travel to the country of destination to conduct research for 5 weeks and thereafter travel for another 5 weeks.

In the past, IBR has travelled to countries such as South Africa, India, China, Thailand, Brazil, Myanmar, Indonesia, Mexico and Argentina. Every year, the Executive Board decides upon their own destination based on several criteria and in close collaboration with other relevant parties. This year, we chose Malaysia and Vietnam as our destinations.

A board year with IBR offers you a unique opportunity to gain international research experience, get into contact with (international) companies, boost your CV, meet a lot of new people and participate in lots of social activities.

Within the IBR Executive Board, there are 7 positions:

  • Chairman
  • Vice-chairman & Treasurer
  • Vice-chairman & Travel Logistics
  • Public Relations & Travel Logistics
  • External I, II & III

As of now, the application for IBR Executive Board 2021 are closed.

Click here to read more about the IBR Executive Board 2020!