Rotterdam and Shanghai became sister cities in 1979, shortly after China had opened its doors to the outside world. Under these promising circumstances, a delegation from the EUR visited Shanghai in 1985. This visit was the start of a very successful relationship between the EUR and various Chinese universities, initially in Shanghai, later also in Beijing, Nanjing, Wuhan and other cities.

The launching of CHERC in 1998 as a vehicle to co-ordinate and integrate the by that time impressive, though somewhat incoherent Sino-Dutch activities at the EUR, was a logic - and fortunate - next step in this development.
In September 2010 CHERC underwent a name change to EUCC. Which stands for Erasmus University China Center.