Erasmus University Rotterdam

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Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
File:Erasmusuniversity logo.jpg
Latin: Academia Erasmiana Roterodamensis
Motto 'Make it happen'
Motto in English
'Make it happen'
Established 1913
Type Public, General
Endowment €542 million[1]
Rector Professor Dr. Huibert Pols
Academic staff
Students 20,941[1]
Location Rotterdam, Netherlands
Colours Dark green, Bright green & Warm grey
Erasmus University BottemLogo.gif

Erasmus University Rotterdam (abbreviated as EUR, Dutch: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam) is a public university located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the city that also houses the largest port in Europe. The university is named after Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a 15th-century humanist and theologian.

The university has seven faculties and focuses on four areas of expertise.

Erasmus MC is the largest and one of the foremost academic medical centers and trauma centers in the Netherlands, whereas its economics and business school, Erasmus School of Economics and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University are well known in Europe and beyond. In 2007, Erasmus University Rotterdam ranked top ten of business schools in Europe by "Financial Times".[4] In 2015, Erasmus University Rotterdam is ranked by Times Higher Education as 20th in Europe and 72nd in the world, with its social sciences as 40th, and clinical and health as 35th in the world.[5]


Erasmus University concentrates its expertise on issues of management, organisation and policy in the public and private sectors on the one hand, as well as on the field of sickness and health care. The University describes its principal tasks as: "... the generation and transfer of knowledge proceeding from a high degree of social engagement. To this end, the university pursues knowledge in an enquiring, critical, investigative and flexible manner, with a strong international orientation and based on the values of professionalism, teamwork and fair play."[6]


Erasmus University Rotterdam has existed in its present form since 1973. Its history, however, dates back to 1913, the year in which the Netherlands School of Commerce (Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool or NHH) was founded through private initiative with broad support from the Rotterdam business community. The statutory recognition of higher education in commerce and economics as an academic discipline resulted in 1939 in a change of name. The NHH became the NEH or Netherlands School of Economics (Nederlandse Economische Hogeschool). The growing complexity of society led in the 1960s to the arrival of the faculties of Law and Social Sciences, followed in later decades by Philosophy, History and Arts, and Business Administration.

From 1950, the Foundation for Higher Clinical Education used its best efforts to get a full academic medical study programme established in Rotterdam, and with success: In 1966, the government established the Medical Faculty Rotterdam, housed next to Dijkzigt Hospital. Together with the Sophia Children's Hospital and the Daniel den Hoed Clinic, it forms the University Hospital Rotterdam, which as of 1 January 2003 bears the name Erasmus MC. In 1973, the Medical Faculty Rotterdam and the Netherlands School of Economics merged to become Erasmus University Rotterdam – the first university in the Netherlands named after a person, a man to whom Rotterdam owes the reputation it has held for centuries in the academic world.[7]

University structure

Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in four areas of expertise in which the university has a national and international reputation to maintain.


This domain includes the Erasmus MC, the Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) and the Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA).

Erasmus MC is the new name for the university medical centre in Rotterdam, which is a merger of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University Hospital Rotterdam (Dijkzigt, Sophia, Daniel den Hoed clinic). This centre for knowledge development, training and care in the field of sickness and health – the largest of its kind in Europe – is renowned nationally and internationally. The research combines its internationally acknowledged expertise in the fields of clinical sciences, health sciences and biomedical sciences. The biomedical cluster plays a leading role in the field of genomics (analysis of genes and proteins) and bioinformatics. The Forensic Molecular Biology department works together with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Major long-term genetic epidemiological studies among the elderly and children are Erasmus Rotterdam Health for the Elderly (ERGO) and Generation R respectively. The institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) forms a bridge between medicine and the health sciences on the one hand and social sciences on the other.[8] The institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA) conducts health economic research in collaboration with both the Erasmus MC and the institute of Health Policy and Management.


This area includes the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. It has a strong reputation in education as well as research. Its economics programmes and management programmes attract students and postgraduates from all over the world. The research schools Erasmus Institute for Management (ERIM) and the Tinbergen Institute attract PhD students, research fellows, PostDocs and visiting professors of repute from all corners of the world. Other joint ventures are the English-language programme International Business Administration, the Erasmus Executive Development programme (EED) and the Erasmus University Centre for Contract Research and Business Support (ERBS).


This area includes the Erasmus School of Law and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The research focuses on the organisation of business and society. This area of expertise has ground in common not only with economics and management, but also with medicine and health sciences.


As one of four concentrations of Erasmus University, culture is defined broadly with focus on the areas of media, cultural economics, and the high arts. This area includes the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Philosophy. Primary research is on society and the arts, including cultural policy, media, and social identity in modern society. Faculty has particular strengths in research, and the students tend to graduate with strong research skills for both academic and field placement.

Research Institutes/Schools


Erasmus University main faculty building containing Erasmus School of Economics.
  • Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

The Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus School of Economics, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. It aims to bring together top researchers in business and management.

  • Econometric Institute

Erasmus University today is seen as the leading university in Econometrics and Operational Research. Jan Tinbergen, Nobel Prize winner for Economics (1969), and Henri Theil founded the Econometric Institute and influenced both Econometrics & Management Science. Tinbergen's theories also had a political inclination, with multiple objectives of price stability and employment and policies to achieve the desired results and stabilizing the economy.

  • Tinbergen Institute (TI)

The Tinbergen Institute is a joint institute for research and education in economics, econometrics and finance of the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is one of the top research institutes and graduate schools in economics and finance in the world.[9] It offers a research master program (MPhil) in economics and finance as well as PhD opportunities.

  • Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL)

In association with TU Delft, the TRAIL Research School is the Dutch national research school active in the fields of Transport, Infrastructure, and Logistics.

  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE)

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship embodies the focus on entrepreneurship of the Erasmus University. Empowering entrepreneurs by providing them with the necessary academic knowledge, facilities and research.


main building of the Erasmus MC, the University Medical Center.
new building (2012) of the Erasmus MC.
  • Cardiovascular Research School Erasmus University Rotterdam (COEUR)

Erasmus MC (pv)

  • Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)

Erasmus MC (pv), RIVM, NKI, UMCU-UU en AMC-UvA (1992, 1997, 2002, 2008)

  • Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine (MM)

Erasmus MC (pv) and LEI (1994, 1999, 2004)

  • Medical Genetics Centre South-West Netherlands (MGC)

Erasmus MC, LEI (pv) (1992, 1997, 2003) MGC participates in the top Research School Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics (MRC), UU (pv), UvA en LEI

  • Helmholtz School for Autonomous Systems Research

Erasmus MC, UU (pv) (1994, 2000, 2005)

Law, Culture and Society

  • Research School Public Safety

Erasmus School of Law EUR (pv), LEI, VU, TNO and NSCR (2000, 2005)

  • Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG)

Faculty of Social Sciences EUR (pv), UT, LEI, RUN, VU, UU, TUD and UvT (1996, 2001, 2006)

  • Huizinga Instituut

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication EUR, UvA (pv), UU, RUN, UM, LEI, VU en UT (1995, 2000, 2005)

  • N.W. Posthumus Instituut

Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication EUR, RUG (pv), KUN, UvA, VU, UU, RUG, LEI, WUR, RUN, KUB en TUE (1994, 1999, 2004)

  • Amsterdam School of Social-Public Research(ASSR)

Faculty of Social Sciences EUR, UvA (pv) (1994 en 1999, 2004)

  • Research School Rights of the human

Erasmus School of Law EUR, UU (pv) en UM (1995, 2000, 2005)

  • Experimental Psychologic Researchschool (EPOS)

Faculty of Social Sciences EUR, UM, LEI, UvA (pv) en VU (1995, 2000, 2004)

  • Kurt Lewin Institute

Faculty of Social Sciences EUR, VU, UvA (pv), RUG, LEI (1995, 2000, 2005)

  • Research School of Ethic

Faculty of Philosophy, VU, EUR, RUG, RU, UvA en UU (pv) (1994, 1999, 2006)


University Library.

The EUR campus consists of two locations:

  • Campus Woudestein map
  • Erasmus MC map


On 9 September 2009—also known as Sustainability Day—GreenEUR was launched officially. During this day, GreenEUR organized several on-campus activities in cooperation with Greening the Campus. In the last couple of months, a select group of students have worked hard to build an organization by students—and for students interested in sustainability. The mission of GreenEUR is two folded: "We want to inspire students and initiate projects to make the Erasmus University more sustainable" Since April 2010 GreenEUR is officially recognized by the Executive Board. Which means the Erasmus University believes in our mission and will allocate sufficient resources for the pursuit of the mission.[10]

University Library

The University Library ensures the provision of scientific information and offers information services for Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The library provides services to students, lecturers and researchers. In doing so, it operates at the heart of the scientific profession. With its collections and related expertise, the library also fulfills a social function, particularly in the region. The library stands for client orientation, innovation and efficiency. The central focus of its activities is on professionalism, teamwork and fair play.

Student activities


University rankings
Times[11] 73
QS[12] 92
Times[13] 20


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings[5] ranked the Erasmus University Rotterdam as follows:

Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014–2015 3rd 20th 72nd
2013–2014 3rd 20th 73rd

The THE-QS World University Rankings (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings)[14] ranked the Erasmus University Rotterdam as follows:

Year Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 6th 36th 90th
2009 5th 40th 108th

Erasmus School of Economics

Economics Department

The economics faculty is, according to the QS World University Rankings 2014, the 9th best in Europe (UK included) and 38th in the world in economics and econometrics,[15] and 37th in the world in accounting and finance (10th best in Europe).[16] [17]

Economics & econometrics

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 1st 9th 10th
2013 1st 9th 40th

Statistics & operational research

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 1st 11th 51-100
2013 1st N/A 51-100

Accounting & finance

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 1st 9th 37th
2013 1st 7th 33rd

According to the Shanghai University Academic Ranking of World Universities published in January 2012, Erasmus School of Economics is 7th in Europe and 45th in the world in the fields of economics and business.[18]

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2014 1st 4th 28th
2013 1st 6th 44th

According to US News [14] Erasmus University Rotterdam has the following global and national rankings for Economics and Business:

Year Netherlands Europe In the World
2015 1st 4th 17th

Rotterdam School of Management

The Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is considered a universal business school with major international influence (highest rank) according to Eduniversal. Among the business schools with major international influence, RSM Erasmus University is ranked as follows:

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2012 1st 4th 5th
2011 1st 4th 6th

The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report,[19] when assessing the business schools currently preferred by the most international employers for the purpose of hiring postgraduates ranked the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as follows:

Period Netherlands In Europe
2010–2011 1st 16th
2008–2009 1st 10th

The Financial Times EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL RANKINGS[4] ranked the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as follows:

Period Netherlands In Europe
2012 1st 9th
2011 1st 7th
2010 1st 6th

The Financial Times GLOBAL MBA RANKINGS[20] ranked the MBA programme of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as follows:

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2012 1st 10th 30th
2011 1st 14th 36th
2010 1st 11th 25th

The Financial Times MASTERS IN MANAGEMENT RANKINGS[21] ranked the CEMS MSc in International Management offered by the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as follows:

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2013 1st 5th 5th
2010 1st 2nd 2nd
2009 1st 1st 1st


The business school has achieved triple accreditation from the international accrediting bodies of management education; AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. Only a 40 business schools in the world have acquired triple accreditation, although it should be noted that many schools have a policy of not applying for multiple accreditations.

Erasmus Medical Center

The Erasmus MC ranks as the top European institution in clinical medicine[22] according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2009 1st 1st 20th

Furthermore, the Erasmus MC (the university medical center) is ranked by The Scientist as the 5th best of the top 15 medical institutions outside the United States (ranking 2004).

According to the QS World University Ranking of universities, Erasmus MC is ranked as follows:.[23]

Period Netherlands In Europe In the World
2013 N/A N/A 26th
2012 N/A N/A 39th
2011 N/A N/A 42nd

Notable staff

Nobel laureate

  • Jan Tinbergen (Inaugural Recipient of Nobel Prize for Economics, 1969)





Notable alumni

Business Studies







Undergraduate programmes

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a broad range of Bachelor's programmes taught in the Dutch language, leading to a B.A., B.Sc. or LL.B. degree

Furthermore, the university offers several completely English-language Bachelor programmes. These programmes are open to students aiming for an international career in Business and/or Economics or Communication and Media. Apart from the Dutch students, about 40% of the students taking these programmes are international students from over 80 countries.

Graduate Studies

Students can choose from different types of Master programmes: (common) Master programmes, Research Master programmes, Post-experience Master programmes. Education at this level is given mostly in English.

Master’s programmes

These type of Master’s programmes leads to a M.A., M.Sc. or LL.M.

Research Master’s programmes

Talented graduates are given the opportunity to utilise their skills and potential in academic research. To be eligible for a Research Master, a bachelor's or master's degree must have been obtained.

Post-experience and professional Master's programmes

The university also offers specialised knowledge and skills programmaes for further development of your professional career. These type of programmes leads to the commonly known M.A., or M.Sc., but also to professional master's degree's like MBA, MFM (Master in Financial Management), or MHM:

Doctorate programmes

Research doctorates

In addition, most departments, affiliated (research)institutes or faculties offer doctorate programs or positions, leading to the 'Doctor of Philosophy' (PhD) degree. Most of the PhD programs offered by the university are concentrated in several research schools or institutes. See also: PhD at Erasmus university.

Erasmus Honours Academy

Erasmus University offers special honours programmes, designed for highly talented and motivated bachelor students. In these programmes, the very best students and lecturers of the Erasmus University are brought together to enroll in a challenging and demanding academic-setting.

Students are invited to take part if their first-year grades are well above average and if they have proved themselves to be sufficiently motivated. There are programmes are either disciplinary: special programmes for the very best students of one departments, or interdisciplinary: one of the Erasmus Honours Programme-tracks, where the very best students of the different faculties of the Erasmus University investigate, discuss, and tackle crucial contemporary scientific and societal questions from various perspectives.

After successfully completing the honours-programme, students receive a Honours-certificate and a Letter of Recommendation from the dean of their respective Faculty, or the Rector Magnificus of the EUR.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 EUR Jaarverslag (Annual report) 2011
  2. Corporate kleuren - website of the EUR
  3. Colour scheme - EUR_Styleguide
  4. 4.0 4.1 FT European Business school rankings, retrieved 30 September 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 Times Higher Education University Rankings 2014-2015, retrieved 22 January 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 EUR Strategy "EUR Strategy" Check |url= value (help), EUR, nd, retrieved 11 July 2012<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Erasmus University Rotterdam: History
  8. EUR Three Domains, retrieved 11 July 2012
  9. See also Ranking Tinbergen (Econometric) Institute
  10. GreenEUR
  11. "World University Rankings 2015-2016". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Top European universities". The Times Higher Education. 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 Global University Rankings, retrieved 04 April 2015
  15. QS World University Rankings economics econometrics 2014, retrieved 20 June 2014
  16. QS World University Rankings accounting 2014, retrieved 20 June 2014
  17. QS World University Rankings economics econometrics 2013, retrieved 18 June 2013
  18. Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2014, retrieved 22 January 2015
  19. Global 200 Business Schools Report, retrieved 30 September 2010
  20. FT Global MBA Rankings, retrieved 30 September 2010
  21. FT Masters in management rankings, retrieved 30 September 2010
  22. Top European institutions in clinical medicine
  23. QS World University Ranking medicine

External links

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