Erasmus University Rotterdam

Founded in 1913, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is currently one of the biggest universities of the Netherlands with a student population of 23,000 and a research community of circa 1,400. Scholars and students in 7 Faculties and 2 Institutes work on global social challenges in the areas of Health, Wealth, Governance and Culture. The research grouped in the 4 areas is conducted at the research schools and institutes or in the faculty research groups. As part of a large global network of academic partnerships, in strategic alliance with Leiden University and Delft University of Technology and in a unique collaboration with city and port, the dynamic city of Rotterdam serves as our laboratory.

The quality of research at EUR, named after Rotterdam-born humanist and theologian Erasmus, is reflected in its consistent top-100 position in most major universities rankings. On the lively, modern campus, students and scholars of more than 100 nationalities are constantly encouraged to develop their talents and meet their ambition. In addition to the research and educational related ranking, the use of employability surveys may be also relevant for choosing a university. In these kinds of surveys recruiters and chief executive officers are asked to give marks to both universities all over the world and the employability of their graduates. According to the “New York Times Global Employability Survey”, EUR delivers the best employable alumni of all Dutch Universities.

The EUR Strategic Agenda has established ‘Internationalisation’ as a top priority. A large part of the education and research is internationally oriented. Faculties and institutes of the university have a strong international focus, offer international curricula, and have a diverse and international student and staff population and international partnerships. With the launch of the Strategic Programme Internationalisation Education in 2014, the EUR allocated resources to develop the internationalisation of its education, faculties and institutions to realise the overall EUR objective to be a world class, internationally driven university, leading in its field and contributing to the quality of society. This Strategic Programme includes a strong focus on international curricula (including English taught programmes, intercultural learning objectives and a substantial international recruitment), increased mobility of students and staff, all culminating in the recognition of the EUR’s internationalisation by a CeQuInt recognition.

Within the EUR, Erasmus School of Law (ESL) attracts ambitious students and staff from all over the world. The LLM and MSc programmes combine academic thinking with practical training. In addition to the regular courses, fieldtrips are organised to law firms, international courts and international companies to experience (legal) practice: “where law meets business”. Our research is international and interdisciplinary. Due to its high quality education and research, ESL achieves high positions in international rankings.

The current position of ESL in research rankings:

  • 16th place in SSRN ranking Top International Law Schools;
  • 100-150 in QS World University Rankings by subject Law.

ESL already maintains close contacts to five major institutions that employ criminology alumni through its ‘professional field advisory committee’ (beroepenveldcommissie), who comment twice a year on the (regular) curriculum, the end-qualifications of the alumni and future plans from their specific expertise and make suggestions for improvement. The expertise of these stakeholders also covers the field of the proposed Research Master. This ESL committee serves as a model for the ReMEIC Project Board, in which representatives from the professional field are represented, who will contribute to keeping the programme up to date and meeting the needs of the professional field.

The Rotterdam Law Network, established by EUR in 1995, started as a small network and grew into a network of more than 30 universities over the years. Law schools from almost all EU member states, candidate member states and EEA countries are represented in this unique, multidisciplinary network: deans, professors, staff from international offices attend the annual meeting to share knowledge and expertise. ESL is coordinator of this network. Activities of the network include student exchange, teaching staff exchange and (administrative) staff mobility. ESL is also member of ATLAS, which is a global network of transnational law schools.

EUR education is intensive, active and application-based. The research is often carried out in multidisciplinary teams, some of which within international networks. Important values for the ESL Criminology Department are challenging, often ethnographic research projects, academic curiosity, social engagement, pushing the frontiers of knowledge.

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