Mission and values

Mission and values

'At Erasmus University College we expect you to use your knowledge, insight and creativity to unravel today’s complex scientific and social issues ensuring your actions are informed and your decisions are taken with ample consideration for the context.’

Erasmus University College is the international undergraduate Liberal Arts & Sciences college of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a prominent international research university that remains young at heart, even though it is over a hundred years old. Erasmus University dates back to 1913 as an institute well known for its leading economists. Over the past century the university has developed into a broad and outstanding institution serving more than 20,000 bachelor, master, and PhD students. Reflecting in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings, the university is well known as a centre of excellence on issues of business and management, organisation and policy, as well as medicine and health care. Erasmus University’s faculties span the scope of business administration, economics, the social sciences, medicine, the humanities, history, arts, and law.

Exactly 100 years after its start, Erasmus University College has become part of the university’s already impressive portfolio. EUC opens its doors in September 2013 and offers a three-year bachelor programme in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) to its students. In offering this programme, EUC endorses the general principles underpinning liberal arts education: to provide students with breadth and depth in their academic studies, enabling them to acquire a broad understanding of culture, science and society as a whole, and to allow them to explore, in depth, a specific field of interest. Additionally, a liberal arts education aims to prepare young adults for the challenges of the 21st century, enabling them to contribute to improving the lives of individuals in a changing and complex global society. Typically, graduated EUC students find their way in (international) MSc programmes or they can immediately enter the labour market upon graduation.

Our mission is well embedded in the more general mission of the Erasmus University (EUR) with its focus on creating a positive impact on societal challenges.


EUC education aims to help students develop into critical world citizens. We provide students with a broad educational basis based on active learning in connection with a large skill set that enables them to tackle a variety of situations and guide them in the development of their academic, professional, and personal skills.


The educational philosophy of liberal education is at the basis of the teaching/learning approach and the curriculum of EUC. Education at EUC goes beyond the traditional liberal arts approach of ‘liberating’ the individual through intellectual engagement. By combining disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary learning with research and communication skills, students develop critical thinking, academic creativity, social abilities, entrepreneurialism, international and intercultural awareness and societal engagement.


EUC is a hub of the Erasmus University where scientists from all disciplines interact, which leads to engaged out-of-the box education and research. Due to its tight connection with society, a substantial part of education at EUC is given in connection with its international and multicultural urban environment. Furthermore, we facilitate our students to spend a semester abroad, so that they can widen their view by actively participating in another academic institution and culture.


The future requires the capability to deal with a changing reality proactively, and to understand what this means for both oneself and others. Thus, with leading we do not mean being dominant, but being influential by living and working on the basis of values. In order to do so, education at EUC is aimed at knowledge and academic skills, but also on international and intercultural awareness, societal engagement, ethical reflection and critical thinking.

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