Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a dynamic, international, diverse, inclusive, and curiosity-driven research university. With strong ties to the diverse city of Rotterdam, the wider delta region, our strategic alliances and in close cooperation with its global community, Erasmus University Rotterdam makes minds matter, and creates positive societal impact.

Our university was founded in 1913. Together with a population of 30,000 enthusiastic students and around 3000 curious academic staff, we focus on solving society’s challenges. Through the emphasis on the social, economic, behavioral, cultural, and historical context, we are in a unique position to help academia, industry and policymakers to understand the causes, mechanisms, and effects of societal challenges, as well as how to deal with these challenges.

A solid foundation in monodisciplinary knowledge and an increased focus on inter- and trans-disciplinarity leads us to a research portfolio covering the full spectrum from fundamental to more applied research. The connection and interaction between science and society, between theory and practice, are part of our DNA. Talented researchers who enter into international collaborations with an open mind move science forward. With the Erasmus Initiatives, we join forces for science that matters. The four themes of these inter-disciplinary research initiatives – Societal Impact of AI, Dynamics of Inclusive ProsperitySmarter Choices for Better HealthVital Cities, Vital Citizens – are a good reflection of our academic and societal strengths. Moreover, convinced that solving societal challenges is only possible when a diverse community works together in close collaboration, we are pursuing new forms of transdisciplinary knowledge development and knowledge integration. We do this by Convergence, a pioneering partnership between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Erasmus Medical Center and the Technical University Delft. Our three complementary institutions converge the medical, technical- and social sciences and humanities scientific areas, aiming to achieve free movement of people, data and knowledge, deep integration of knowledge, techniques, and expertise, to form improved understanding of, and integrated response to the world’s most pressing scientific and societal challenges.

Together we create positive societal impact, the Erasmian way.

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