Welcome to the website of the International Research Project!


Welcome to the website of the International Research Project!
The International Research Project (IRP) is a study trip combined with internationally oriented research projects. This project is an initiative of students of the School of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Students of the Master Programs ‘Innovation Management’, ‘Operations Management & Logistics, ‘Data Science and Artificial Intelligence’, and ‘Data Science in Business & Entrepreneurship’ are allowed to participate. Firstly, the students conduct research in the Netherlands, based on a predetermined theme. Secondly, the students will go on a study trip, organized around that same theme. On this study trip, the IRP will visit several companies, universities and a Dutch embassy.
The IRP is organized each year; each year, the new board choose a different theme and destination. This theme is a basis for the projects and companies that are visited during the trip. This year’s theme is “The Power of Decisions – Seizing Opportunities in a Fast Changing Environment”. The destinations will be in South-Korea; Seoul, Daejeon, and Busan and we will visit the country of Singapore. Last year IRP was successfully organized to the west coast of the United States where the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have been visited. During last years IRP, companies such as Amazon, Paccar, Pfizer and several others have been visited. The aim of the International Research Project is to provide students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about a subject of research that suits their interests and education. In addition, the IRP enables students to learn about different cultures and to acquire international experience.

This year the International Research Project will head to Seoul, Daejeon, Busan and Singapore. During the study trip, several visits to companies that have a connection to the theme “The power of decisions – seizing opportunities in a fast-changing environment” will take place. Also several universities will be visited, and a visit to the Dutch Embassy will be facilitated.
The goal of the study trip is to explore and document the applications and possibilities of the theme in a corporate and academic environment. By discussing the topic with employees of manufacturing plants, company headquarters, universities, and official country representation offices, we want to gain extensive knowledge on the theme.
We are looking for several companies to visit during our study trip. We are looking for companies that have affinity and experience with the theme and are interesting from an industrial engineering perspective. A company visit also gives a good opportunity for sharing knowledge and promoting your company a group of high educated Dutch students. For more information regarding a company visit (including several examples of company visits), please have a look at our company brochure, which can be found below.
If you are interested in participating in the IRP by facilitating a company visit, please contact us by sending an email to

Research Projects

The participants of the IRP conduct research projects at different companies. This research takes place in the Netherlands from December 2022 to June 2023. The IRP allows the companies to benefit from the expertise of the students of Industrial Engineering. Research projects regarding the theme of this year’s IRP, Real-Time Economy, can provide the students with more insights into the theme. If a company faces any unfulfilled research need in the field of Industrial Engineering, the IRP provides an opportunity to get this need fulfilled. The company brochure can be found here. For any questions, please send an e-mail to


The International Research Project (IRP) cannot be financially independent. For this reason, we would appeal to companies to support our project in all possible ways. Companies can support the IRP financially or in kind.

The IRP is an excellent opportunity for companies to get attention from students in the final phase of their study Industrial Engineering. In addition, the members of the IRP and their presence at various workshops, lectures, and activities create widespread awareness of your company to all students and other companies.

For the above reasons, we would like you to support the IRP and therefore we have different opportunities that we would like to bring to your attention. If you are interested and you would like to support us: please contact or have a look at our company brochure, which can be found here.

Of course, you can always contact us for further questions or comments.


For more information, please contact us:

Regarding research projects, please contact Myrna Bierman at

Regarding financial support, please contact Tjielke Nabuurs at

Regarding company visits, please contact Annika Spijker at

Regarding other matters, please contact us at
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