MoU signing Erasmus University Rotterdam – Tsinghua University
On 14 June 2019 the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tsinghua University renewed their MoU, attended by Ms. Kristel Baele, the president of Erasmus University and Professor YANG Bin, vice president of Tsinghua University, Mr. Ed Kronenburg, Ambassador to the Netherlands in Beijing, and the EUR delegation. Before the signing ceremony, both presidents had the opportunity to meet each other and exchange gifts.
During the MoU signing ceremony, the Ambassador Kronenburg inspired both the Dutch and Chinese attendees and elaborated on his wish for even more fruitful and successful cooperation between both universities in the future.
This academic cooperation between the EUR and Tsinghua university was formalized through the signing of a MoU in 2014. Considering the long legacy of relationship and cultural exchange between China and the Netherlands and the shared devotion to excellence in education and research, EUR and Tsinghua University decided to advance and broader academic cooperation towards joint activities and exchange. The MoU provides the foundation for these aspirations.
Tsinghua University is a very high-ranked university and is consistently ranked no.1 or no. 2 in China. At this moment our universities have five schools and institutes working together:
- School of Economics with Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
- Department of Industrial Engineering with Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
- School of Public Policy and Management with International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
- School of Law with Erasmus School of Law (ESL)
- School of Public Policy and Management with Institute of Housing and Urban Studies (IHS)
Both Presidents wish to explore further collaboration in the future.
After the renewal of the MoU, professors from Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM) gave a seminar about “Health Technology Assessment” and “Health Care Management”. In addition, Prof. Severens, the Dean of ESHPM introduced the Erasmus Mundus project: “European Master in Health Economics and Management (EU - HEM)”. In total, six professors from Tsinghua University (Research Centre for Public Health, Institute for Hospital Management, School of Public Policy and Management, School of Public Health) attended this event and talked about related topics through a round table discussion.
Erasmus University Rotterdam has always been committed to developing excellence through international cooperation, networking and making itself more attractive at an international level. The academic cooperation is key to further advancement of research and education, and that in the near future education and research will evolve around open and sustainable partnerships in mainly international networks. However, academic cooperation can only be successful when it will be developed “bottom-up” between talented scientists in their specific field of expertise. Erasmus University Rotterdam encourages its staff to establish contacts in order to create additional value for joint education, research and PhD programs.