Strategy 2024

Creating positive societal impact, the Erasmian way

Our mission serves as a compass, guiding our decisions. Similarly, our way of thinking and working will be guided – and recognised by our community and beyond – by the values that we express and embody as Erasmus University Rotterdam. These core principles show who we are and what we stand for.

We are one community, working together to create positive impact on society. Our organisation is evolving, and our talent management and professional services need to reflect those changes: pro-active, agile and strongly aligned with our core business. The values are in our very DNA, embedded in our research and handed down in our education. As students, alumni, researchers, tutors, lecturers, professional service staff, and leadership, we can identify with these values and carry them with us, now and in the future. Inspired by the legacy of the philosopher whose name we bear, we shape our identity and define our way of thinking and acting, summarising it as the core concept: ‘Being an Erasmian’.

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Fostering societal impact in our community

Students not only expect us to provide excellent education, but want to receive that education on a lively and dynamic campus that provides a stimulating and safe environment for study. Academics also want a working environment that is both challenging and safe, with excellent policies and HR services that facilitate their ambitions.

Diversity and inclusion

Our university is committed to being welcoming, respectful and inclusive. We want to be a university that minimizes implicit and explicit barriers, and eliminates any form of harassment that obstructs the full participation of everyone who is part of our community. We will continue to install policies, procedures and practices that facilitate diversity and inclusiveness. These themes are incorporated into the very fabric of the EUR at all levels.

We will be seeking more diversity in our workforce – both faculty and staff. Appointing a higher number of women as professors continues to be a goal of the utmost importance; we are committed to have women in 25% of our full EUR professorships by 2025. Maintaining diversity also remains a priority, which means focusing not just on recruitment, but also on retention. That includes improving awareness of implicit bias by providing training for leadership, faculty and staff.

The EUR will also be addressing several institutional aspects that influence a climate of diversity and inclusion at our university. In addition to showcasing a wide array of positive role models by using smart, creative communication methods, we will also work on increasing both objective and subjective safety by improving the institutional response to incidents of harassment and intolerance. We will consistently be making every effort to create and maintain a safe environment for all.

In education and student engagement, we will focus on activities to ensure equal educational opportunities and appropriate support for prospective and enrolled students, drawing on diverse cultural background experiences as well as studying non-Western perspectives. We want to provide a platform for regular debate and dialogue about related challenges on campus and in society. Moreover, we will identify, support, and initiate research with the explicit aim of fostering policies and goals related to diversity and inclusion.

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