Professor Ed Brinksma

President of the Executive Board

Ed Brinksma has been appointed as President of the university’s Executive Board, commencing 1 September 2020. He is responsible for general governance issues, the university’s strategic policy and international affairs. In addition, he will create and maintain contact with external parties including government departments and agencies, the business community and other knowledge institutions. 

Ed Brinksma was President of Hamburg University of Technology and Rector Magnificus at the University of Twente where he is still Professor of Computer Science (Formal Methods of Embedded Systems). 

"I consider it my duty to involve and mobilise all of EUR’s schools, departments and disciplines.”

Interview Opening Academic Year 2020 - 2021

“I am extremely honoured to be the next President of Erasmus University Rotterdam. I find EUR’s combination of academic excellence and its powerful drive to realise significant societal impact, together with its partners to be, a very inspiring objective. One which, I will gladly help further shape from my new position. To this end, I consider it my duty to involve and mobilise all of EUR’s schools, departments and disciplines.” - Prof. Ed Brinksma.

As Chair of the Presidium at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) he has primarily worked on the development and implementation of TUHH’s growth strategy and its strategic cooperation with other universities and research institutes in the Hamburg metropolitan area. In the period 2009-2016, Brinksma served as rector magnificus at the University of Twente (UT), where he was a strong proponent for seeking and establishing cooperation and connection between technical, social and human sciences as a requirement for solving societal issues (High Tech, Human Touch). He was instrumental in establishing the ATLAS University College.

'Growth fund doesn't tackle the real societal issues'

Ed Brinksma

'We have to be a brand that allows our knowledge to have a perceptible and positive impact on society.'

'The future is not about monoliths, but much more about networking and cooperation'

Ed Brinksma


Brinksma studied Mathematics at Groningen University (1982) and was awarded a Doctorate in Computer Science by the University of Twente in 1988. He served as Dean of UT’s Faculty of Computer Science from 1995 to 1997 and also served as Academic Director of the Embedded Systems Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (2005-2008). In addition, Brinksma was an adjoint professor at Aalborg University.

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Portet foto's Ed Brinksma

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