Challenge Accepted: tackling societal challenges of the 21st century together

Challenge Accepted, a new joint alumni campaign by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and the Erasmus Trustfonds (Trust Fund) allows the university and its communities to make an immediate impact in the school’s mission to be a force for positive change in the world.

The organisations’ shared ambition is to create an endowment fund of € 100 million by 2025.

By investing in education and research, RSM and EUR aim to be a leading university that takes on the societal challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the fields of health care, sustainable prosperity and living together in urban environments. The university is calling upon alumni, but also on students, scholars, and other interested parties to contribute through donations, knowledge sharing, experience or network.

Scholarships and research funds

Financial contributions are vital to support ambitious students through scholarships, make ground-breaking research possible, and enhance the reputation of RSM and the university. Donors have already contributed more than € 26 million to help lead the way in tackling global challenges, and help shape a sustainable future, prosperity and well-being, and make positive change happen.

The Challenge Accepted campaign was launched on the university’s 104thdies natalis (birthday) on Wednesday 8 November 2017. The raised funds will allow the university to carry out ground-breaking research, draw world-class scientists to Rotterdam and support the best students with scholarships.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. 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 can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at

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