110 years of Erasmus University Rotterdam

Students on campus laugh and look at their phones.

Get to know more about Erasmus

Who was Erasmus actually and why was the university named after him? As of 24 October, you can learn more about Erasmus in the exhibition in the University Library.

Read more about the exhibition!
Oude foto van het Erasmus standbeeld
Three students deliberate in Polak Building
Alexander Santos Lima

This is what the lustrum year will look like

The lustrum year runs from summer 2023 to the end of the academic year in summer 2024. In the coming period, we will complete the programme with various activities. The official launch of our 110th anniversary was the Opening Academic Year in the Laurenskerk. This is a year when we put extra emphasis on learning, discovery and celebration together. 

The dies natalis is the real birthday of our university on 8 November 2023. But there are many more activities. There will be walks through the city, professors visiting primary schools to teach in togas and a special edition of EURvision, our very own song festival. It will be a festive year!

Curious? Check out the programme

Organising your own lustrum activity

Besides our major lustrum activities, we encourage students and employees to organise their own activity in the lustrum year. Students and employees read all about it on MyEUR.

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History in pictures

During 1973's Eureka Week, students eat together at long tables on K.P. Van der Mandeleplein.
Eurekaweek 1973: students eat together at K.P. Van der Mandeleplein
A large group of students in Theil Building during a 1977 Eurekaweek information fair.
Eurekaweek 1977: a large group of students in Theil Building during an information fair on associations
Students rest at Schouwburgplein in 1980 during Eurekaweek.
Eurekaweek 1990: resting on Schouwburgplein
The UB's lending desk in 1970.
University library lending desk in 1970
EUR's 75th anniversary in 1988.
Our university's 75th anniversary in 1988
A lecture in 1957.
Attending college at the Nederlandsche Economische Hoogeschool (NEH) in 1957

The NEH is a precursor to our university

Van der Goot Building under construction at Woudestein campus.
Van der Goot Building under construction on campus Woudestein in 1993
Queen Juliana at Woudestein Campus.
Queen Juliana is a guest at our dies natalis on 8 November 1973

Upcoming lustrum activities

  • Inclusive Education Good Practice Workshop

    To further support the ‘inclusive culture’ of EUR, IDEA Center have planned the Inclusive Education Good Practice Workshop on Designing an inclusive Curriculum.
    Students with laptop in Langeveld.
  • Book launch IDEA Center

    IDEA Center of Erasmus University Rotterdam presents the book From Words to Deeds - A Guide to an Inclusive Organization.
    De Doelen at night.
  • Bachelor Open Day

    International Business administration, Communication and Media or Psychology? During the Bachelor Open Day you can find out anything about our study programmes.
    Master Open Day 2022: Studenten stellen vragen bij stand
  • Weekend of Science - Sciencefair

    During the Weekend of Science, we will organise a Sciencefair on Sunday 8 October. On campus, we will do experiments and research.
    Gifted children in class
  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship 2nd Lustrum: The Future of Entrepreneurship

    On October 10th, we invite you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. During the event we highlight some of our achievements.
    ECE 10 jaar jubileum bijeenkomst
  • Festive opening of Erasmus exhibition

    Our university bears the name Erasmus University Rotterdam for fifty years, but who was Erasmus actually and why was the university named after him?
    Drawing of Erasmus statue.
  • IHS 65th anniversary

    This fall, IHS is celebrating 65 years of making cities work for all. Join us for the anniversary event on 26 October!
    Speaker in front of a room full of audience.
  • Policy Afternoon with Guido Imbens

    'Evidence based policy in education: how does that work?'
    Portret of Nobel price winner Guido Imbens.
  • Official launch: The Time Traveller's Almanac podcast

    The Time Traveller's Almanac is a podcast that explores research about humans interacting across time and space.
    Een student luistert naar muziek en drinkt koffie.
  • 110th Dies Natalis

    Our university is celebrating its 110th anniversary, the 22nd Lustrum! We want to celebrate this with all of you on November, 8 2023.
    Annelien Bredenoord dies natalis

Project group of the lustrum

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