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Big step for Erasmus University College

The new college passes the Dutch education ministry’s efficiency test

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) has taken a major step towards the start of Erasmus University College (EUC). The planned high-level institute in the centre of Rotterdam has come through the Dutch education ministry’s macro-efficiency check. Accreditation of the new College is now the last step before the new programme can be officially launched.

Erasmus University College will offer an international three year bachelor programme in the Liberal Arts & Sciences. Students on the programme will study widely before deciding on their master’s specialisation. The EUC has now gone through the macro-efficiency check by the education ministry which signifies that the new prestigious English-language programme is recognised as being an asset among all the others being offered in the Netherlands.

The next step is for Erasmus University College to be accredited by the Netherlands Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). This organisation, that safeguards the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders, provides accreditation of the curriculum. The details of the curriculum will be worked on in the coming months.

Erasmus University College will be housed in an architecturally striking building in the centre of Rotterdam. The university and the local authority agreed on a partnership for this purpose in the spring of this year. The plan is to house the students in the immediate vicinity. The university will thus be helping to liven up the Rotterdam city centre.
Conversion work will start on the Nieuwe Markt building in the centre of Rotterdam as of 1 July. September 2013, when the centenary year activities of Erasmus University Rotterdam begin, will also see the launch of the new programme for the first batch of students.

About Erasmus University College
Erasmus University College is the university’s move towards small-scale, intensive teaching programmes with a high return. The programme is intended for excellent students. 240 new students will be admitted every year and the intention is that ultimately half of them will have an international background. In the 2017-2018 academic year the institute will be offering places for more than 700 students. The general and academic staff will comprise around 60 people.

Rector magnificus Henk Schmidt of the EUR: “I am exceptionally pleased that the added value of Erasmus University College has been recognised. This new, wide-ranging programme fits in well with our endeavour to achieve a wider international reach and greater excellence in higher education. Moreover, the planned opening of the College in September 2013 is a wonderful start to our centenary year 2013-2014.”

For more information, read the press file on the Erasmus University College.

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Press information Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), (010) 408 1216 or press@remove-this.eur.nl

Publication date: 12 January 2012

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