Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and the biggest port in Europe. Commercially, it is considered the gateway to the old continent. With strict standards for the reduction of CO2 emissions, the city also aims at becoming the world’s most sustainable port by 2025. 

Practically destroyed during World War II, Rotterdam has become the most modern city in the Netherlands. It is characterized by its rich international and (inter)cultural character .

Chosen Best European City 2015, by the prestigious English Academy of Urbanists, a visit to Rotterdam is a must for anyone looking for formulas to combine social responsibility and progress.

Rotterdam is conveniently located in the Randstad, the urban conurbation that also includes Amsterdam, The hague, Utrecht, Leiden and Delft. Going by train from one city to the other takes less than an hour. Although Rotterdam has its own (small) airport, the city is easily accessible—just 27 minutes by train—from the Amsterdam-Schipol international airport, a strategic nod for European air traffic (with frequent and direct flights to practically all regions of the world). 

Rotterdam is also home to Erasmus University, one of the most prominent Dutch universities. Erasmus University is particularly renowned for its groundbreaking research in the areas of medicine (Erasmus Medical Center), economics (Erasmus School of Economics), and business (Rotterdam School of Management).

Erasmus University also has established a plan of strategic collaboration with two other prestigious Dutch universities, Technical University Delft and Leiden University.


Is this mixture of science, economics, social awareness and development what makes Rotterdam the ideal setting for Encuentros 2015.