Mission and vision

The mission of the Erasmus University Rotterdam is to create a positive impact on societal challenges. Seven priorities are thereby formulated for the strategy 2019-2024 and sustainability is one of these seven priorities. Sustainability should feature prominently in education, research and operations. A balance between people, planet and profit is hereby essential.

The Erasmus University Rotterdam has also signed the SDG Charter and thereby endorses the Charter’s goal to develop an ambitious, positive agenda with respect to the SDG’s.

Education for sustainability

We believe it is important that we support our students, faculty and communities in taking action for sustainability, based on values we identify ourselves with and acting on a true motivation – not only on a personal level, but also in interaction with others and within a community; not only at this moment, but also in the future. We aim to create awareness on sustainability issues and knowledge, and to challenge our students in critical thinking: the Erasmian way. That means also transforming knowledge into action with innovations and solutions towards sustainable ways of living.

Sustainability and our education

Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals

We want to contribute to addressing and solving the major challenges society is facing, as defined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a university, we can use our ability to invest and innovate to realise the SDGs. Through our activities, we contribute not only to the overall objective, but also to a specific SDG; carefully considering which goals we select will make our contribution more meaningful.

Sustainability in our research

Sustainability as a prerequisite

Sustainability is a fundamental cornerstone and an important precondition for the development of the campus and its facilities: our buildings on campus, the food sold and served at the university, the design of the working environment and the outdoor areas.

Sustainability in our operations and policies

Participation in Rotterdam Climate Agreement

For the municipality of Rotterdam, dealing with climate change is a top priority. Erasmus University Rotterdam is committed to create a positive societal impact and has therefore joined the Rotterdam Climate Agreement (Rotterdams Klimaatakkoord). We aim to be a CO₂ neutral university in 2024. To achieve this goal, we are making our education, research and campus more sustainable. Every year, we are mapping our ecological footprint. Also, we are developing a roadmap for a sustainable campus and have formed a Sustainability Committee. Students are also actively participating: they led a Climate Table ('klimaattafel') in which Rotterdam citizens studied the options to consume in a more sustainable manner.

"We are happy with the ambitions and deals that arose during the Climate Table."

Esmee Tanis

Chair of the Climate Table Consumption, Econometrics student

Erasmus University Rotterdam and SustainaBul

Each year Erasmus University Rotterdam participates in the Sustainabul ranking performed by Studenten voor Morgen ("Students for Tomorrow"). To encourage a more sustainable higher education sector, Sustainabul ranks Dutch higher education institutions on their implementation and integrality of sustainability in education, research, operations. In 2021, Erasmus University ranked 8th out of the 32 participating higher education institutions. While we are proud of the notable improvement compared to 2020, when Erasmus University ranked 15th, we strive to continually make progress and stand for sustainability at our university.

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