Erasmus University Rotterdam’s history begins in 1913, when the Netherlands School of Commerce was founded. Originally founded under private initiative, the recognition of higher education in commerce and economics as a field of study lead to a change, with the school becoming the Netherlands School of Economics. In the 1960s, the school expanded to include faculties of Law and Social Sciences, followed by Philosophy, History and Arts, and Business Administration. In 1973 the Netherlands School of Economics merged with the Medical Faculty Rotterdam, and Erasmus University Rotterdam was formed.
Today, Erasmus University Rotterdam features seven faculties and two institutes – Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus MC, Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication, the Rotterdam School of Management, the Institute of Health Policy and Management, and the International Institute of Social Studies. This array of faculties allows the EUR to focus on four areas of expertise: health, wealth, governance, and culture. It hosts over 20,000 students in its bachelors and master’s programs, and is regularly ranked as one of the top universities in Europe.