Erasmus University top in mainland Europe for business and economics – Shanghai ranking

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and sister faculty Erasmus School of Economics have put Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) top of the Shanghai ranking for universities teaching business and economics in mainland Europe. In Europe as a whole, EUR is placed fourth, just behind London School of Economics, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, all which are in the UK. EUR is placed inside the top 30 of the world’s university rankings for business and economics for the second year running.

The 'Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject’ was announced on 15 August 2015 by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

Taking research into business

Among other factors, the Shanghai ranking looks at long-term activities such as the number of research articles published in journals. RSM and Erasmus School of Economics scored particularly well for their publications and research. This result supports RSM’s strategy of focusing on transferring new knowledge from its community of world-class researchers out into business – for example with its series of short videos bringing the relevance of business research straight to practical business practices, called RSM Discovery, and its quarterly publication of unique management insights from RSM’s world-class researchers, RSM Discovery magazine.

A European powerhouse

“This confirms the fact that we are a research-driven business school, and very successful at that. Together with our sister school Erasmus School of Economics, we form a European powerhouse in the fields of business and economics,” said Dean of RSM, Prof. Steef van de Velde.

Such world-class research forms a backbone to all of RSM’s educational programmes. The school’s strategic priority is to keep its solid academic foundation while enhancing the impact and relevance of its research, and making its academic results more accessible for business and society, as well as for academia.


The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and updated on an annual basis. ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.


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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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