News overview

Trust is a powerful contributor to success in public-private urban regeneration partnerships

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

One of the key conclusions of the PhD research by Carley Pennink (IHS, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies) on the role of trust in partnerships between the public and private sectors is that ‘trust can influence risk and of outcomes as perceived by the partners in these partnerships’. It is vital to invest in building trust between partners as trust can act as a governing mechanism in situations of high risk and is important in achieving outcomes, including, for instance, the tendency to cooperate, coordination efficiencies and the realization of innovation.

Why saying ‘Sorry’ is more effective than an expensive gift

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

People often have unrealistic positive expectations of gifts that they give to apologise to someone they’ve harmed. After unwrapping the gift, the recipients often remain angry, even if the giver has opted for the more expensive bouquet or upmarket restaurant. This was the conclusion reached by Laura Straeter, a PhD graduate at Rotterdam School of Management.

Victor Bekkers new Dean of ESSB

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Executive Board has appointed Prof. Victor Bekkers as the new Dean of the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) as per 1 January 2018.

University hoists rainbow flag

Monday, 18 September 2017

Since Erasmus University greatly values diversity and inclusiveness, a specially designed EUR rainbow flag will be flown at campus Woudestein and in front of Erasmus University College during the Rotterdam Pride event (21-24 September).

Weather forecast and Google reviews make car sharing more profitable

Monday, 11 September 2017

Car-sharing rental companies and companies like Uber can be more profitable by anticipating peak times that occur at popular spots in the city or as a result of bad weather. This is what Micha Kahlen, PhD candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), discovered. His model can help such companies deploy the vehicles better throughout a city, resulting in customers being helped quicker and fewer cars being deployed.

New Prince Claus Chair appointment: ‘Migration and Human Security’

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

As of the 1st of September 2017 Dr. Ali Bilgiç will hold the Prince Claus Chair (PCC) for a period of two years at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). His thematic focus will be on ‘Migration and Human Security’.

Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: active citizenship and optimism

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Active citizenship, trust and optimism are essential for a vital city. This is what guest speaker Ahmed Aboutaleb (the Mayor of Rotterdam) said at Erasmus University’s Opening of the new Academic Year on Monday, 4 September. For her part, the President of the University’s Executive Board, Kristel Baele, emphasised the crucial part played by education in the creation of ‘resilient citizens’.

TTIP could harm the European standards system, and business

Monday, 4 September 2017

Trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) often aim to stimulate trade between countries. One of the benefits of such agreements is harmonising safety standards and regulations. Dr Henk de Vries and master graduate Stijn Veenstra of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), argue that industries in the USA would mostly benefit from this harmonisation, while EU industries could lose the benefits of the current system of standards.

Two new visiting professors at Erasmus School of Economics

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Professor Alex Voorhoeve and Professor Francesco Guala are appointed as visiting professors at Erasmus School of Economics.

Celebrating exceptional performances of staff and students

Friday, 18 August 2017

During the opening of the Academic Year, Erasmus University Rotterdam will pay tribute to the exceptional performances of a number of its academics, students and employees. On Monday, 4 September, the university’s awards will be presented and one student placed in the spotlight. The theme of the Opening is ‘Building Vital Cities, Empowering Vital Citizens’.