Erasmus University Rotterdam was named after the great 15th-century Dutch humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus. Born in 1466 in Rotterdam, Erasmus was a classical scholar who studied and lived in France, England and Italy; a true citizen of the world. In 1516, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament that introduced a more rational conception of the Christian doctrine, and which raised questions that would be highly influential in the Reformation. Erasmus' ideas paved the ground for Luther's reformation in the early 15th century.
Erasmus stands for the supreme form of cultivated common sense applied to human affairs. He rescued theology from the pedantries of the schoolmen, exposed the abuses of the Church and, so say some, did more than any other single European at the time to advance the revival of learning.
RSM’s emphasis on thought-leadership in business is inspired by Desiderius Erasmus.