Erasmus University Rotterdam

Not to be confused with Erasmus Programme.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Latin: Academia Erasmiana Roterodamensis
Motto 'Make it happen'
Motto in English
'Make it happen'
Type Public, General
Established 1913
Endowment €554 million[1]
Rector Professor Dr. Huibert Pols
Academic staff
Students 26,212[1]
Location Rotterdam, Netherlands
Colours Dark green, Bright green & Warm grey

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.

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.[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 health as 35th in the world.[5]


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. [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.


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.[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. 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.

Research Institutes/Schools


Erasmus University main faculty building containing Erasmus School of Economics.

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.

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.

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.

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


main building of the Erasmus MC, the University Medical Center.
new building (2012) of the Erasmus MC.

Erasmus MC (pv)

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

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

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

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

Law, Culture and Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


University Library.

The EUR campus consists of two locations:


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.[10]

Student activities


As of September 2016
University rankings
ARWU[11] 101-150
Times[12] 69
QS[13] 144
ARWU[14] 34
Times[15] 21
QS[16] 60

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,[17] and 37th in the world in accounting and finance (10th best in Europe).[18] [19]

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.[20]

According to US News [21] 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.[22]

The Financial Times EUROPEAN BUSINESS SCHOOL RANKINGS[23] as well as GLOBAL MBA RANKINGS[24] 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.[25]


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[26] 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.[27]

Notable staff

Nobel laureate





Notable alumni

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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.

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.[6]


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  2. Corporate kleuren - website of the EUR
  3. Colour scheme - EUR_Styleguide
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