Events at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Academic traditions and more

Academic ceremonies

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 chairman of the Executive Board 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.

  • Dies Natalis
    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.

Corporate events

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.

  • Eurekaweek
    During this introduction week, brand new students will get to know Rotterdam and the university.

  • Erasmus Charity Run
    Each year, students, staff members and alumni of the university take part in the Rotterdam Marathon (10,5 km and 42,195 km) to raise money for the Erasmus Scholarship Fund. Read more about the Erasmus Charity Run.

  • International Women's Day
    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The EUR firmly supports diversity in its workforce. 

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