Tradition and History

Cortège during Opening Academic Year

Erasmus University Rotterdam has a rich tradition and history, which we value very much. Read more about our academic rituals and events.

Wetenschapscafé: Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus anno nu

About Erasmus

Rotterdam-born Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1466 or 1467) was a philosopher, theologian and humanist. He had a great influence on the cultural and intellectual climate with his books between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He died in Basel in 1536. Erasmus was a world citizen. His adage 'The whole world is your homeland', is still the motto of our graduates.

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