A group of Rotterdam entrepreneurs founded the Erasmus Trustfonds in 1913 and so began the city’s long and prestigious tradition of higher education. Today, the Trustfonds has a reputation as an independent and trustworthy financial organisation funding projects behind the scenes. The university we helped found, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), is now rated as the best in the Netherlands for business and economics.
Erasmus Trustfonds and Erasmus University Rotterdam have combined forces to create the largest university-endowment fund in the Netherlands. It is this joint aim to create a significant and independent source of income for research and education at EUR and to jointly build the 'university of the future'. We aim to further develop EUR into a top university with leading scientists, renowned for the (social) relevance of its research, and education that matters. A university that attracts the best students, produces future leaders, and through distinguished approaches to research and application contributes to the major societal challenges and developments in the coming decades.