Erasmus University Rotterdam organises several academic ceremonies every year. These events have become an important part of our traditions and history.
Opening of the Academic Year
This event takes place on the first Monday of September. During this ceremony, the Rector Magnificus and guest speakers discuss the central theme of that year's edition. Also, the Education Prize and the Research Prize are being granted to excellent teachers and scholars of our university. Read more about the Opening of the Academic Year.
On 8 November, Erasmus University Rotterdam celebrates its birthday. On 8 November 1913, the Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool (NHH) was being founded, the first predecessor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the Dies Natalis, the Rector Magnificus gives a lecture. Also, the university awards several honorary doctorates to distinguished scholars. Like the Opening of the Academic Year, the ceremony starts with the entrance of the professors in their academic togas, the managers and student associations.
The Mandeville Lecture
The Mandeville Lecture is an initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Rotterdam business community (Club Rotterdam) and the Erasmus Trust Fund, united in the Bernard Mandeville Foundation. The Mandeville Lecture is named after the Rotterdam-born philosopher and physician Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733).
Transfer of Rectorship
In June 2018, a transfer of rectorship took place. During the ceremony, Erasmus University Rotterdam said goodbye to Prof. Huibert Pols as Rector Magnificus, and welcomed his successor Prof. Rutger Engels.
In addition to the official academic ceremonies - part of the academic tradition - the university organizes a number of corporate events. These events focus on various strategic themes, such as talent development and the importance of diversity.
New Year's Reception
A get-together for staff members and relations of the university, to discuss the ambitions and goals of Erasmus University Rotterdam for the coming year. Read more about the New Year's Reception.