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 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.

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 celebration, 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.

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). It is a token of appreciation for the recipient’s significant social achievements. Previous laureates include Jean-Claude Trichet, Jeroen van der Veer and Carla Del Ponte. It is the first time a formal honorary doctorate is awarded on the occasion of the Mandeville Lecture.

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.

Upcoming academic events

  • PhD defence A.E. (Amber) Hoek

    A.E. Hoek will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Patient Education in the Emergency Department'.
  • PhD defence T.A.L. (Timon) Vandamme

    T.A.L. Vandamme will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms: from Genetics to Everolimus Resistance’.
  • PhD defence K.N. (Kyra) Smit

    K.N. Smit will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Looking Beyond Genetic Alterations in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma’.