The Risk International Financial Program (IFP) has been established in 2006 and has proven to be a great experience for students and a great success for companies. Previous research destinations include Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Costa Rica & Panama, Brazil, Peru and Colombia. This destination of the IFP 2016 is Vietnam! The participating students are active in the fields of Finance, Accountancy, Controlling and Organization & Management Control. Those students are required to meet a number of conditions in order to be selected. They are expected to have a sufficient level of financial knowledge, to be internationally oriented and to have research experience.
The IFP has a unique setup in which students not only conduct research, but also participate in the preparation of the trip. Therefore students are recruited in an early stage. This setup of the IFP is elucidated below.
Preparation phase (September 2015 – January 2016)
The preparation phase starts in September. From this moment on the students are actively involved in the project. During this period the students are trained in order to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge which will enable them to successfully perform the field research. This will be achieved by means of lectures, workshops and training sessions.
Desk phase (January 2016 - April 2016)
In January the research groups will start with their individual research assignment. From this phase on the students cooperate with the professors in order to guarantee the quality of the researches. For over three months the students actively engage in the research and will, in cooperation with the companies, setup a research framework and determine the contents of the research.
Field research phase (April 2016 - May 2016)
In the second week of April we will leave to Vietnam. This phase of two and a half weeks will be marked by conducting research, which will mainly consist of visiting companies, taking interviews and gathering information. During these two and a half weeks of field research the students will be supported and guided by the professors.
Reporting phase (May 2016 - June 2016)
After returning from Vietnam the research groups will process the gathered information and write a report. In June the students will present the final version of the researches to the companies.