Reputation puts RSM top for business in the Benelux region in global QS ranking

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 based on reputation and citations, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ranks in the top 100 in no less than ten areas of research, and in the top 50 in five areas. Two new subjects in the QS ranking, Business & Management Studies and Development Studies at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are ranked 17th, ahead of any other business school in the Benelux region.

What’s more, RSM’s teaching of business and management studies puts EUR 9th in Europe for the employability of its graduates. This part of the QS rankings survey asks employers to identify up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. They are also asked to identify from which disciplines they prefer to recruit.

EUR appears 13 times in the 36 subjects listed in the QS ranking, announced in April 2015. The university is considered to be within the global top 100 in ten areas of research; History, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Psychology, Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Development Studies, Economics & Econometrics and Statistics and Operational Research.

In five of these, EUR ranks in the global top 50: Business & Management Studies (17th); Medicine (33rd); Economics & Econometrics (40th); Accounting & Finance (41st); and Psychology (48th).

In Accounting & Finance and Business & Management Studies, and in Medicine, EUR is ranked above any other Dutch university. 

About the rankings

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on reputation and citations. For the fifth edition of these rankings, a total of 3,551 universities and 14,000 courses were investigated. The rankings highlight the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas, covering 36 subjects in 2015. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

More about RSM’s rankings can be found here.

More information

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.

For more information on RSM or on this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, Media & Public Relations Manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at

Accounting and control , Alumni , Bachelor / Bedrijfskunde , Bachelor / IBA , Companies , Executive education , Faculty & Research , Homepage , International , Newsroom , Master , MBA , Intranet