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About us

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has more than 35,000 students and more than 3,000 employees. The choice of study programmes consists of a wide assortment in all educational sectors, with the exceptions of the agrarian sector. Our education is closely connected to developments in the metropolitan region of Rotterdam.

Our task

We educate every student in becoming a professional making valuable contributions to society. We do this in Rotterdam, in an international and metropolitan context.

In all that we do our basis is equality. We encourage mutual respect and we work with a focus on emancipation.

Our vision

Each student deserves the best possible higher education. Education in which students are  acknowledged and recognised, are given equal opportunities, and are challenged to reach for the highest achievable goal. The teams of lecturers make the difference. Lecturers, researchers and field professionals learn from and with each other, in order to provide the students with current and challenging educational material. With a diploma of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in hand, every student is ready for the world of tomorrow. 

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

An impression of the past, present and future
  • A bird’s eye view of our history

    Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences was founded 1 January 1988 with the merging of nineteen Boards of educational institutes in Rotterdam, Delft and Dordrecht.

  • RUAS in numbers

    The school has 35,000 students and more than 3,000 employees. The fifteen locations of the school are all located near the east to west metro line of Rotterdam, also known as the Axis of knowledge of the city.

  • Our Agenda

    In the Strategic Agenda of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences "Our Agenda, educating for the world of tomorrow in Rotterdam" our ambitions and common tasks are described.

  • Vision on Education

    Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences stands for inclusive, high-quality education. We organise our education to be context-rich. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals working together in a work-study environment.

  • Vision Applied Research

    The connection between education and applied research is shaped in working together on joint projects of study programmes and research centres.

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