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Eight honorary doctorates for the centennial of Erasmus University Rotterdam

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander honorary guest

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander is the honorary guest on Friday 8 November 2013 on the occasion of the Dies Natalis, the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the De Doelen concert venue and conference centre. The university is conferring eight honorary doctorates on prominent scientists from all the disciplines at the university. On the same occasion Professor Dr Henk Schmidt will retire as rector and be succeeded by Professor Dr Huibert Pols.

The hundred year old university is conferring eight honorary doctorates, one from each faculty or institute. The honorary doctors are: 

Honorary doctor Proposed by:
Professor Steven D. Levitt Erasmus School of Economics
Professor Cass R. Sunstein Erasmus School of Law
Professor Craig J. Calhoun Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Professor Brian J. Druker Erasmus MC
Professor Philip S. Kitcher Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte
Professor Arjun Appadurai Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication
Professor Don C. Hambrick Rotterdam School of Management
Professor R. Chambers International Institute Social Studies

On the same occasion Professor Dr H.G. Schmidt is retiring as rector and will be succeeded by Professor Dr H.A.P. Pols. Schmidt has been rector magnificus since 2009.


On 8 November 1913 the Netherlands School of Commerce, the first predecessor of Erasmus University was founded in what was then the Doelen. Sixty years later on 8 November 1973, again in the Doelen, Erasmus University was officially opened, a merger of the Netherlands School of Economics (the successor to the Netherlands School of Commerce) and the Rotterdam Medical Faculty.  

Erasmus University began with 55 students studying commercial sciences, temporarily accommodated in two rooms of the former Stock Exchange. Today the university has 25,000 students on 20 bachelor’s programmes and 50 master’s programmes. The theme of the centennial is 100 Years Impact, the influence and significance of Erasmus University for society and the development of science. During the academic year a series of activities will be taking place on this theme. Detailed information can be found at  www.eur.nl/100/ 

Postscript October 29:

Unfortunately, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander is not present at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is the guest of honor at the centenary Dies Natalis.

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For more information: Note to editors (not for publication)
Media are very welcome. It is obligatory to submit your name. Starting time: the press are asked to be in place on 8 November 2013 by 2.15 pm at the latest and are requested to report to the press desk in De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam

Accreditation: (5 November 2013, 12 noon at the latest) submit your name by email to Sandra van Beek, press officer Erasmus University Rotterdam, press@remove-this.eur.nl, giving your name, medium, post, mobile number and email address.
Large numbers may mean limited access. You will receive notice of this by email on Thursday 7 November.

For more information:
Press office team Erasmus University Rotterdam, Sandra van Beek (06 22 99 35 33),  Jacco Neleman (06 22 99 22 30)
T (010) 408 1216 of E press@remove-this.eur.nl   

Netherlands Government Information Service
T (070) 356 41 42

Publication date: 08 October 2013

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