Erasmus University Rotterdam has a rich tradition and history. It was founded as a school of commerce by businessmen in 1913. Through the years other faculties were added, such as Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy, History and Arts, Business Administration, Healthcare and Medicine.
History of Erasmus University Rotterdam
- 1913: Foundation of Netherlands School of Commerce (Nederlandsche Handels-Hoogeschool, NHH).
- 1939: Name change to Netherlands School of Economics (Nederlandse Economische Hogeschool, NEH).
- 1960: Addition of the faculties of Law and Social Sciences, followed in later decades by Philosophy, History and Arts, and Business Administration.
- 1966: Establishment of Medical Faculty Rotterdam, which bears the name Erasmus MC as of 2003.
- 1973: Merging of Medical Faculty Rotterdam and the Netherlands School of Economics to become Erasmus University Rotterdam.
- 2009: Addition of International Institute of Social Sciences.
- 2013: Establishment of Erasmus University College.
Erasmus University College
The building of Erasmus University College is the magnificently restored former library of Rotterdam, located at Nieuwemarkt 1A. As one of the few buildings to survive the second World War, it has great historic significance.
The city of Rotterdam
Rotterdam originated around 1270, when residents of the area around the Maas and the Rotte started constructing a dam in the Rotte. The city soon became a trading place and the first ports were created. In 1340, Rotterdam received city rights and started building city walls and canals.
A famous Rotterdammer is the scholar Desiderius Erasmus. He was born in Rotterdam in 1467 or 1469. Erasmus is the name giver of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, Erasmusbrug and many more.