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Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Latin: Erasmus Universitas Rotterdam
Motto ‘De universiteit voor denkers en doeners’
Motto in English 'Main Port of Knowledge.'
Established 1913
Type Public, General
Endowment €0.5 billion
Rector Professor Dr. Henk G. Schmidt
Faculty 3,700
Students 20,666
Location Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Erasmus University Rotterdam is a university in the Netherlands, located in Rotterdam. The university is named after Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a 15th century humanist and theologian. The university has seven faculties and focuses on three domains

  • Economics and Management
  • Law, Culture and Society
  • Medicine and Health Sciences

The first two domains are situated at the Woudestein campus, in the east of Rotterdam. The Medicine and Health Sciences domain is located at the Erasmus Medical Center (MC) at the Hoboken campus in the west part of the city.

Erasmus MC is the largest and one of the foremost academic medical centers trauma centers in the Netherlands, whereas its business school, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is a leading business school within Europe. The Faculty of Law is one of the largest law schools in the Netherlands. The university has an annual budget of around €350,000,000 - €500,000,000.



Statue of Desiderius Erasmus in the centre of Rotterdam

The University describes itself as an "international knowledge workshop for critical thinking and academic training, driven by a strong focus on current social issues."
The 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 considers as its core tasks: to generate knowledge from research, to share knowledge in education and to transfer knowledge to the community. Its driving forces are academic curiosity, critical reflection and social engagement.


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 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. 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, Desiderius Erasmus.

University Structure

The Erasmus University at Woudenstein campus, Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam has bundled its education and research in three domains in which the university has a national and international reputation to maintain:

  • Economics and Management
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Erasmus MC
    • Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG)
  • Law, Culture and Society
    • Erasmus School of Law (ESL)
    • Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Faculty of History and Arts
    • Faculty of Philosophy

Economics and Management

This domain includes the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

This domain has a very strong reputation in education as well as in research. Its economics programmes and management programmes attract students and postgraduates from all over the world. The research schools Erasmus Research 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 programmes International Business Administration (IBA), International Bachelor of Economics and Business Economics (IBEB), the Erasmus Executive Development programme (EED), the Erasmus University Centre for Contract Research and Business Support (ERBS) and the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur).

Medicine and Health

The Erasmus Medical Center at the Hoboken campus, Rotterdam

This domain includes the Erasmus MC and the Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG).

Erasmus Medical Center 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.

Law, Culture and Society

This domain includes the Erasmus School of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of History and Arts and the Faculty of Philosophy.

The research in this domain focuses on the complexity of global society and the link between economic and social problems on the one hand and law, history and culture on the other. It provides a critical reflection on research and academic training from the point of view of specialist fields like philosophy and ethics. The domain has ground in common not only with economics and management, but also with the medical and health sciences.

Research Institutes/Schools

Economics and Management

  • Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (pv) and Erasmus School of Economics

  • Econometric Institute

Erasmus University today is seen as the leading university in Econometrics and Operational Research. Jan Tinbergen, A Nobel price winner for Economics (1969), was the founder of the Econometric Institute and said to be a pioneer in Econometrics & Management Science. His theories had a political inclination, which proved that with multiple objectives of price stability and employment policy achieve the desired results of stabilizing the economy.

  • Tinbergen Institute(TI)

Economic faculties, UvA and VU.

Tinbergen Building at Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Tinbergen Institute (TI) 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. It is one of the Europe's top graduate schools and research institute, which uniquely combines the best of three leading Dutch Universities, which Erasmus University Rotterdam is one of them. See also Ranking Tinbergen (Econometric) Institute

  • Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL)

In association with TU Delft

Medicine & Health

  • Cardiovasculaire Researchschool EUR (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 /Pathofysiologie of Growth and Differantion (MM/OPGD)

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

  • Medical-Genetic Centre South-West Nethelands (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

  • Helmholtzschool for Autonomous SystemsResearch

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

Law, Culture and Society

  • Research School Public Safety

Faculty 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

Faculty of History and Arts EUR, UvA (pv), UU, RUN, UM, LEI, VU en UT (1995, 2000, 2005)

  • N.W. Posthumus Instituut

Faculty of History and Arts EUR, RUG (pv), KUN, UvA, VU, UU, RUG, LEI, WUR, RUN, KUB en TUE (1994, 1999, 2004)

  • Amsterdam School of Social-Public Research(ASSR)

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

  • Research School Rights of the human

Faculty 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)


  • Campus Woudestein
  • Erasmus MC

Campus in the Future

See more on this at Erasmus Magazine


On the 9th of 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. More

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

  • Erasmus Magazine [1]
  • Econometric Dispute
    • MET - Econometric Journal - [2]
    • The Estimator - Student Journal - [3]

International Acclaim

Tinbergen (Econometric) Institute

Ranking Econometric Department Tinbergen

Year Rank (Europe) Rank (Worldwide)
2009 2 14

Worldwide scores (2009) - Great papers

Institute Score
London School of Economics 94.9
UCLA 94.9
Columbia University 93.2
Tinbergen Institute 88.5
Wisconsin University 69.5
Toulouse University 65.3
Brown University 52.8
University of Oxford 47.8

Erasmus School of Economics

Ranking Economic Department

Year Rank (Europe) Rank (Worldwide)
2009  ? 24

Erasmus Medical Center

The Erasmus MC ranks as the top European institution in clinical medicine[1] according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

Rank Europe Rank world Institute
1 20 Erasmus University Rotterdam
2 25 University of Cambridge
3 26 University of Oxford

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).

Rotterdam School of Management, MBA

Year Rank (Europe) Rank (Worldwide)
2009 7 26

The business school has achieved accreditation from the three international accrediting bodies of management education; AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. Only a handful of 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 University Rotterdam is ranked (2006) as 34th in Europe and 92nd globally (dropped from 57th position in 2005) by the Times Higher Education Supplement. An overview of the last years.

Year Rank (Change)
2005 57
2006 92 ( 35)
2007 163 ( 71)
2008 126 ( 37)
2009 108 ( 18)

Notable Staff

Nobel laureate




Notable alumni

Business Studies

  • Peter Bakker (Chief Executive Officer TNT N.V.)
  • Hans Wijers (Chief Executive Officer, AkzoNobel; former minister of economic affairs The Netherlands)
  • Alexander Ribbink (Chief Operating Officer, 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 (voormalig Nederlands financieel topman van Ahold)
  • Michiel Muller (CEO Route Mobiel)
  • Maarten Fontein (oud-algemeen directeur Ajax)






Undergraduate programs

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 two completely English-language Bachelor programmes. Both programmes are open to students aiming for an international career in Business and/or Economics. 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 28 master courses with more than 65 different programs. Education at this level is given mostly in English, and is international and applicable oriented. The research is of top level. There is a wide range of study facilities. And these programmes have an excellent reputation at the job market.

Erasmus University offers three types of Master’s programmes:

Master’s programmes

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

Research Master’s programmes

Talented students are given the opportunity to utilise their skills and potential in academic research. Completion of these Research Master’s programmes leads to the degree's M.Phil. or M.Sc.Res. (Master of Science by Research):

Post-experience and professional Master's programmes

The university also offers specialised knowledge and skills programma's 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 degree's like MBA, MFM, or MHM:

Doctorate programs

Research doctorates

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

Post-experience and professional doctorates

  • M.D. Medicine
  • D.Sc. Epidemiology
  • D.Sc. Clinical Epidemiology
  • D.Sc. Genetic Epidemiology
  • D.Sc. Health Services Research
  • D.Sc. Public Health
  • D.Sc. Medical Informatics

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Coordinates: 51°55′05″N 4°31′33″E / 51.91806°N 4.52583°E / 51.91806; 4.52583

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