Top universities and international schools
Rotterdam’s growing attractiveness for international talent is no wonder. The city and wider urban region hold several highly acclaimed universities and institutes for higher vocational education, offering a wide variety of programmes, most of these in the English language. In 2020, over 97,000 students were enrolled at one of the three major universities in the greater Rotterdam region: Erasmus University Rotterdam, with its top ranking business school RSM, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University. Some 54,000 more students were following a higher vocational education program at one of Rotterdam’s universities of applied sciences, such as RUAS and Tio. Furthermore, the greater Rotterdam region boasts excellent international schools offering education in many international languages including English, Chinese, Russian, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, French and Polish.
This inclusive and robust knowledge ecosystem is also a cornerstone of Rotterdam’s value proposition for international congresses and exhibitions. With centres of excellence across many key industries, the university system functions as an accelerator for startups & scale-ups, it provides a pool of potential speakers among faculty and future members for international associations among the student population, and acts as a living lab when partnering with industry to pair knowledge with business sense to achieve common goals.
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