Areas of Expertise

Erasmus University Rotterdam has concentrated its education and research in four areas of expertise, in which the university enjoys international recognition: health, wealth, governance and culture. The cohesion in these areas is conductive to multidisciplinary collaboration in education and research. Where disciplines meet, knowledge is advanced.

The four areas of expertise are linked to the seven faculties of the EUR. The research grouped in the four areas is conducted at the research schools and institutes or in the faculty research groups.

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This domain includes the Erasmus MC/Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM).
Erasmus MC is the new name for the Rotterdam university medical centre, which is a merger of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University Hospital Rotterdam (Dijkzigt, Sophia, Daniel den Hoek clinic). This centre for knowledge development, training and care in the field of sickness and health – the largest of its kind in Europe – is renowned nationally and internationally. The research combines its internationally acknowledged expertise in the fields of clinical sciences, health sciences and biomedical sciences.

The biomedical cluster plays a leading role in the field of genomics (analysis of genes and proteins) and bioinformatics. The Forensic Molecular Biology department works together with the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Major long-term genetic epidemiological studies among the elderly and children are Erasmus Rotterdam Health for the Elderly (ERGO) and Generation R respectively.
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) forms a bridge between medicine and the health sciences on the one hand and social sciences on the other.

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This area includes the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. It has a strong reputation in education as well as research. Its economics programmes and management programmes attract students and postgraduates from all over the world.
The research schools Erasmus Institute for Management (ERIM) and the Tinbergen Institute attract PhD students, research fellows, PostDocs and visiting professors of repute from all corners of the world.
Other joint ventures are the English-language programme International Business Administration, the Erasmus Executive Development programme (EED) and the Erasmus University Centre for Contract Research and Business Support (ERBS).

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This area includes the Erasmus School of Law and the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The research focuses on the organisation of business and society. This area of expertise has ground in common not only with economics and management, but also with medicine and health sciences.

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This area includes the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Erasmus School of Philosophy. Primary research is on media, happiness and identity in modern society.

This research is carried out by scholars from multiple disciplines within the university. Creative Industries, for example, is a central hub for all the research and education focused on the fashion industry, games, music, art, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural heritage, media tourism and (digital) media.