Looking back at ‘dynamic’ 2016

A ‘dynamic year’; that’s how President of the Executive Board Kristel Baele describes 2016 in the recently published annual report of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is referring to various steps that were taken last year, such as the new Erasmus Initiatives.

“The university’s 103rd year was a dynamic one. The university is doing well, both substantively and financially,” says Kristel Baele in the introduction. “Our research is internationally recognised and contributes to the knowledge required to tackle society’s greatest social challenges.” This refers to the launch of three multidisciplinary research centres, the Erasmus Initiatives. Here, researchers and students from various disciplines and faculties are collaborating with one another on themes that are of great importance to both society and science.

In addition, Ms Baele points to successes such as the ERC Grant for Prof. Xandra Kramer (Erasmus School of Law) and the European recognition for the collaboration with Delft University of Technology and Leiden University (LDE).

Education

Progress has also been made in the area of education, Ms Baele says. A new educational vision has been formulated that among other things builds on the strength of Erasmus University in motivational education.

Additionally, work is in progress on improving the quality of education. Among other things, this involves more intensive, small-scale education, the development of feedback programmes, online or blended learning and more practical exercises for students. In 2016, Erasmus University was awarded seven educational innovation projects (Erasmus+) by the EU, a significant international success.

Performance agreements

Ms Baele also points to the performance agreements with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Last year Erasmus University proved to have completely fulfilled its goals, for example in improving educational quality.

There was also progress in renovating the campus to make it an increasingly lively and attractive place for students, employees and their guests to meet. Furthermore, work was done to improve protection from cybercrime in response to the hack of the website at the end of last year.

Outlook

“2017 promises to be another exciting year,” says Kristel Baele. “The world is changing rapidly and the university wishes to be fully engaged in seeking solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. This means that our education and research will have to keep in line with the demands imposed by tomorrow’s world. We are fortunate to have a talented and progressive academic community; a community that has the ability and desire to shape our university. Together we will build on EUR’s position and impact, both nationally and internationally.

The full annual report can be found here.


Publication date: 11 July 2017


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