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The international office – Our linking pin for students and staff


“Education is where everything starts and ends”

(Jikke Verheij, head of the EUR International Office)

It’s important that our students understand that the world’s far more extensive than their own world. That’s where education makes the difference; you could say that education is where everything starts and ends. Rotterdam has always been an extremely diverse city; it’s a melting pot of cultures and identities. That’s also what the Erasmus University reflects. Our main goal is to ‘deliver’ global citizens to society who can perform well in teams, wherever they find themselves in the world.

The International Office plays an important role in achieving this. We arrange almost everything for both outgoing and incoming students, from accommodation, diploma accreditation, financial support to counselling. In this we work closely with the faculties. Now that Rotterdam is on the map as a city, finding suitable accommodation has become an urgent issue. We really noticed that last summer. Now we encourage students to start looking for a room at least three months in advance. At the moment, the EUR is developing a two-track policy: providing better information and expanding what we, the EUR, can provide. We can’t simply leave it to market forces; we have to take our own responsibility for this.

In the coming years, the EUR International Office is strongly committed to supporting both our academic and support staff. At the least, working or studying abroad is good for all involved. There is a limited budget, the Erasmus fund, for an internship abroad, however although it’s certainly not sufficient to cover all the costs, we encourage everyone who can to make use of it; it's more than worth it. By working closely with the faculties, we hope to inspire all staff to go and find out what’s happening at universities across the border.

For more information, call us at the International Office anytime: Sanders Building, Room
Phone: Jikke Verheij, 0612216378;

In Rotterdam, the world lies at your feet – RSS 2017

Interview with Antoinette de Bont



“By encouraging them to take part in the Rotterdam Summerschool and getting them to know the city, I hope to motivate international students to apply for a master’s programme here in Rotterdam”

The speaker is Antoinette de Bont, Professor at the Institute of Health Policy & Management.


Together with four universities, we set up a Master of Health Economics & Management programme. Our aim was to attract students from across Europe and train them to become good health economists who research whether the money earmarked for health care is spent in the best way. The students are allowed to retain their existing student finance and pay the same tuition fees when they to study at one of the four universities. 

The countries where these universities are located all have different healthcare systems, and that’s covered extensively in this master. In Austria, they have a tripartite system which involves employers, employees and hospital insurers. In Italy, the system is determined regionally. In Norway, the state plays an important role. And finally, the Netherlands: here we have a healthcare system based on market forces. There’s no one ‘right’ system; the best system depends very much on the problem.

The two-week course at the Rotterdam Summer School is crucial in the recruitment process. It gives prospective students a global look behind the scenes as they take part in this programme. The theme of this course is Internationalisation. It involves the implementation of an evidence-based healthcare model in different countries for people with multiple healthcare problems. The IBMG investigates the best multi-morbidity care models for the European Commission. We analyse care models from a number of countries including England, Hungary and Spain. We look at how these different care models are implemented and how they work. We have to determine how best to decide whether a system works and which criteria you use to explain this: what does it cost, what are the risks and what are the results?

At the summer school, we ask, ‘What’s does the model mean a metropolis like Rotterdam but also for a mountain village in Austria?’ We adapt the models to both contexts. Up to 40 people can register for this course. Before students take the course, they participate in the MOOC, which we developed together with the University of Copenhagen. The MOOC has 8 episodes that deal with innovation in healthcare. In Copenhagen, the students work with apps, and in Uppsala they use gaming techniques. Uppsala, Copenhagen and Rotterdam work together in EIT Health where we combine innovation and technology to improve healthcare.

Our next challenge is to create an educational network, and include the impact of international issues on healthcare in our education programmes, for example the refugee problem.

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