Based in Rotterdam, the economic and logistics centre of Europe, Erasmus School of Economics has provided excellent education and produced excellent research for over a century. The School has played host to many of the world’s experts in their fields of research and boasts the first Nobel prize in economic sciences, awarded to Jan Tinbergen in 1969.
The history of Erasmus School of Economics goes back to the year 1913 when the ‘Nederlandsche Handelshoogeschool’ was established by a group of entrepreneurial Rotterdam businessmen with the aim to bring economics and business to a higher level by way of scientific methods. In 1939 the School changed its name and became known as the ‘Nederlandse Economische Hogeschool’ (Netherlands School of Economics). By 1973 it became Erasmus University Rotterdam, comprising the medical campus Hoboken and the social sciences campus Woudestein. Even in those days its aim was the establishment of a vigorous and flourishing University with a – nowadays – prominent Erasmus School of Economics, incorporating a wide range of economic expertise, as well as creating and keeping strong ties with the regional and international markets.
These strong ties are in specific the merit of our economics and econometrics students. Among the traits that define them are their high levels of activity and their hardworking mentality. The character of the students is also represented in the presence of a variety of study associations within our School. Take for instance the Economic Faculty Association Rotterdam (EFR) which organizes numerous events like the well-known annual Business Week. Or the Faculty Association Econometrics & Operations Research (FAECTOR) which is the largest study association for econometrics students in the world. FAECTOR offers large, varied projects and events for their aspiring econometricians, such as the Quantitative Finance Tour. And regardless the Master specialisation you choose as an economics or econometrics student, you will find a study association that is dedicated to provide excellent professional activities and events for their members. For sure the knowledge and skills gained are undeniably welcomed by the numerous national and international businesses and organisations.
We share a sense of identity that focuses on quality, equal opportunities and inclusion and that makes our staff, students and alumni proud to be part of Erasmus School of Economics. We have an international focus and combine top academic research with excellent teaching. The Erasmus School of Economics is the natural choice for ambitious people who wish to study economics, for academics eager to contribute to relevant and challenging research, for alumni eager to learn and share their experiences, and for governments and firms seeking reliable advice.
Many successful careers have started here. Graduates of Erasmus School of Economics are ideally equipped for success in the business community, government positions and research anywhere in the world. You can recognise economists from Rotterdam by their effectiveness, drive, commitment and academic attitude. We not only devote attention to the issues of today, but we also focus on possible solutions to the problems of tomorrow.