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Motto  'Make it happen'
Type  Public, General
Endowment  €554 million
Province  South Holland
Motto in English  'Make it happen'
Established  1913
Total enrollment  22,367 (1 Oct 2013)
Phone  +31 10 408 1111
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rector  Professor Dr. Huibert Pols
Address  Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands
Subsidiaries  Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Undergraduate tuition and fees  Domestic tuition: 1,713 EUR (2011), International tuition: 6,500 EUR (2011)
Founders  W.C. Mees, J.A. Ruys, C.A.P. van Stolk
Notable alumni  Jan Kees de Jager, Jan Pronk, Neelie Kroes, Ruud Lubbers, Prince Friso of Orange‑Nassau
Similar  University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, Delft University of Techno

Erasmus university rotterdam student housing

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.

  • Health - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences/Erasmus MC and institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG)
  • Wealth - Erasmus School of Economics and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • Governance - Erasmus School of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Culture - Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Philosophy
  • 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 2013, Erasmus University Rotterdam was ranked among top ten business schools in Europe by Financial Times. 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 health as 35th in the world.

    Opening academic year 2016 2017 at erasmus university rotterdam


    Erasmus University concentrates 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.


    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.

    University structure

    Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in four areas.


    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). 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. 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. 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).


    The research focuses on the organisation of business and society. This area 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. 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.


  • 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. 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)
  • Health

  • 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)


    The EUR campus consists of two locations:

  • Campus Woudestein
  • Erasmus MC
  • Sustainability

    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. Since April 2010 GreenEUR is officially recognized by the Executive Board.

    Student activities

  • Economic Faculty association Rotterdam
  • STAR Student Association Rotterdam School of Management
  • STAR Management Week
  • Erasmus Consultancy Project
  • 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, and 37th in the world in accounting and finance (10th best in Europe).

    The Shanghai University Academic Ranking of World Universities published in January 2015, lists Erasmus School of Economics as 4th in Europe and 29th in the world in the fields of economics and business.

    According to US News Erasmus University Rotterdam ranks as 1st in The Netherlands, 3rd in Europe and 15th in the world for Economics and Business.

    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 4th in Europe and 6th in the world.

    The Financial Times EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL RANKINGS as well as GLOBAL MBA RANKINGS consistently lists RSM as top 10 in Europe. The Financial Times MASTERS IN MANAGEMENT RANKINGS ranked the CEMS MSc in International Management offered by the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University as 5th in the world in 2016.


    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 according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

    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 34th in the world.

    Notable staff

    Nobel laureate

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

  • Jan Peter Balkenende (former Prime minister of the Netherlands)
  • Pim Fortuyn (politician)
  • Bianca Hoogendijk (wife of Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime minister of the Netherlands)
  • Cees Veerman (the former Dutch minister of agriculture, environment and foodquality)
  • Alexander Rinnooy Kan (president of the Dutch Social-Economic Council)
  • Business

  • Hans Wijers, CEO AkzoNobel; former Minister of Economic Affairs the Netherlands
  • Scientists

  • Jean Paelinck (European Prize In Regional Science, 2003)
  • Frank Grosveld (Spinozapremie 1995)
  • Jan Hoeijmakers (Spinozapremie 1998)
  • Albert Osterhaus (head of the National Influenza Centre, and head of the world reference center for measles of the World Health Organization)
  • Gerrit van Poelje (founder of the Public Administration in the Netherlands)
  • Jo Ritzen (former Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands and alumnus as well)
  • Henri Theil (successor of Jan Tinbergen; together with Jan Tinbergen founder of the Econometric Institute, 1956)
  • Eelco van Asperen (computer scientist, Erasmus School of Economics)
  • Philosophy

  • Luce Irigaray
  • Business Studies

  • Alexander Ribbink (COO TomTom)
  • Sergio Orlandini (former chairman KLM)
  • Cor Herkströter (former chairman Royal Dutch Shell)
  • Herman Heinsbroek (former Minister of Economic Affairs; founder, Arcade Records)
  • Johan Andersen (CEO Ferd AS, Norway)
  • Rene Hooft Graafland (CFO Heineken)
  • Michiel Meurs (former CFO Ahold)
  • Michiel Muller (CEO Route Mobiel)
  • Maarten Fontein (former CEO AFC Ajax)
  • Economics

  • Frans Muller (CEO Delhaize Group)
  • Jan Tinbergen (first winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences)
  • Cor Herkströter (chairman of DSM, former chairman of Royal Dutch Shell)
  • Peter Bakker (former CEO TNT N.V.)
  • Frans van Houten (CEO Philips)
  • Eduard Bomhoff (former Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and Deputy Prime Minister)
  • Prince Johan-Friso of Orange-Nassau (2nd son of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)
  • Peter Nijkamp (professor of regional economics, recipient of the Spinozapremie)
  • Sergio Orlandini (former president of the KLM)
  • K. Geert Rouwenhorst (professor of Finance & Deputy Director of the International Center for Finance at Yale School of Management)
  • Jeroen van der Veer (CEO, Royal Dutch Shell)
  • Onno Ruding (former vice-chairman, Citibank; former board member, ABN AMRO; former Minister of Finance in the Netherlands; former executive director of the IMF)
  • Frans Weisglas (former president of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands)
  • Nout Wellink (former president of the Dutch central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank)
  • P.H.M.J. Witteveen (founder OC&C strategy consultants)
  • Harry Brouwer (chairman Unilever Benelux B.V.)
  • Jan Kees de Jager (former Dutch Minister of Finance)
  • H.B.F. Franses (leading economist in Europe)
  • Nils de Baar (CEO, Ericsson Nederland)
  • Willem Stolwijk (former chairman Interpay Nederland)
  • Eddie Meijer (boardmember Houthoff Buruma, Managing Partner)
  • Huub Wieleman (managing partner of Deloitte Accountants BV)
  • Bert de Groot (Rector Magnificus Universiteit Nyenrode (former CFO and board member, Randstad Holding; Associé Boer & Croon))
  • Henri Termeer (president, CEO and chairman of Genzyme)
  • Albert Winsemius (long-time economic advisor to Singapore)
  • Antoine van Agtmael (former economist of the World Bank; coined the term emerging markets)
  • Jan Pronk (former Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment)
  • Cees Veerman (former Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)
  • Politics

  • Ruud Lubbers (former Dutch Prime Minister and UN High Commissioner)
  • Jan Pronk (former Dutch minister and UN Special Representative)
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi (WTO Director-General, 2002–2005)
  • Johan Witteveen (managing director IMF, 1973–1978 and first chairman of the Group of Thirty)
  • Mohammad Hatta (One of two procalmator of Indonesia's independence, 1st vice-president and prime minister of the Republic of Indonesia)
  • Neelie Kroes (European Commissioner)
  • Meles Zenawi (Prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)
  • Zoran Jolevski (Macedonian Ambassador to the United States and negotiator of Macedonia naming dispute)
  • Paul Zimmerman (Councillor Hong Kong Southern District Council)
  • Melanie Schultz van Haegen (Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment)
  • Law

  • Stefan Aartsen (former Dutch butterfly swimmer)
  • Aart Jan de Geus (deputy secretary-general of the OECD and former Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands)
  • Marianne Thieme (well known Dutch animal activist and politician)
  • Fatima Moreira de Melo (former Dutch field hockey international)
  • Inez Weski (well known Dutch lawyer)
  • Science

  • Jacques Cohen (embryologist, director at reprogenetics)
  • Other

  • Ronald van Raak (member House of Representatives of the Netherlands and non-fiction writer; studied social history and philosophy)
  • Frederique van der Wal (supermodel) (Did not graduate)
  • 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:

    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.

    Erasmus Honours Academy

    Erasmus University offers special honours programmes.

    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. The 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.


    Erasmus University Rotterdam Wikipedia

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