Very positive research reviews for History @ Erasmus and ERMeCC

Last March 2020, the external assessments of our research units History @ Erasmus and Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC) took place. The review committee was asked to assess the quality, the relevance to society and the viability of the scientific research within ESHCC, as well as the strategic targets and the extent to which the research units are equipped to achieve these targets.

We are pleased to announce that both units have received very good reviews. Both History @ Erasmus and ERMeCC scored ‘very good’ on research quality, ‘excellent’ on relevance to society and ‘very good’ on viability.

The committee about History @Erasmus: The committee (...) judges that History @ Erasmus produces high-quality, original and interdisciplinary research which examines long-term trends associated with economic, social and cultural phenomena of current interest. (...) The committee is impressed by the three groups within History @ Erasmus. They have produced significant research with scientific impact." The committee also notes that "History @ Erasmus is a place of great collegiality, and academics consider it to be an attractive place to work."

The committee about ERMeCC: “ERMeCC is extremely strong and world-leading in terms of enhancing relevance to society. It is engaged in activities directed at enhancing societal relevance at all levels; internationally, nationally and regionally, and the entire staff, from PhD candidate to full professor, is engaged.” The committee concludes that “ERMeCC has a strong research profile” and that “ERMeCC’s research is truly interdisciplinary and highly original.” The committee also notes that ERMeCC has “very good human resources” and that researchers at all levels of seniority consider ERMeCC to be “an inspiring and supportive environment.”

We would like to thank everyone who contributes to the success of our research units. And a special thanks to research directors prof.dr. Maria Grever and prof.dr. Susanne Janssen and to Marieke de Quant for their major part in the assessment preparations.