- Reputation of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Times Educational Supplement, etc. The EUR is proud of its three winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics: Jan Tinbergen (1969), Tjalling Koopmans (1975) and Sir Clive Granger (2003).
- Fully Accredited
By decision of the EUR Board of Governors, the MEL programme is offered jointly by the Erasmus School of Economics and the Rotterdam School of Management. Both Schools are jointly the degree-awarding bodies. MEL enjoys a double accreditation by NVAO (Netherlands Flemish Accreditation Organisation) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This means that the MEL Degree can be officially certified by the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands and it is therefore a fully recognised degree worldwide.
- Corporate Network
The MEL Corporate Network comprises more than 50 ‘blue chip’ multinational companies and organisations. Most notable among them are the Port of Rotterdam; Maersk Line; APM Terminals; BIMCO; Stolt Tankers; Vopak; DVB Bank; and Hutchison Port Holdings (ECT). Companies that join the Corporate Network do so by recognising MEL’s role in educating top maritime professionals, in conducting research and being a knowledge and excellence center in the sector. Corporate Network members provide peer advice on future MEL direction, interact with MEL students through lectures, social events, and recruit among MEL students.
- Alumni Community
Our alumni network is one of our most valuable assets; we follow the professional achievements of our graduates with pride. As a graduate of MEL you can join the alumni community and gain access to the MEL alumni network area. A number of MEL alumni also return to the classroom and provide the Alumni Lecture Series (ALS). MEL alumni who are now active professionals share their experiences since graduation with the current MEL class, and provide the MEL class with the opportunity to learn about how MEL helped advance their career.
- Top Lecturers
The MEL lecturers are a mixture of Erasmus University faculty members and successful businessmen and women. This way we ensure that the MEL students are instructed by both entrepreneurs and academics. A number of MEL lecturers have been nominated for and received awards.
- Comprehensive Curriculum
MEL places substantial emphasis on including the views, experience and requirements of the industry in the design, contents and development of the MEL curriculum. Intensive industry consultation has proven successful not only in attracting top students but also in gaining recognition of MEL as the leading MSc in the sector. MEL is the programme that coined the term maritime logistics, i.e. the holistic, integrated approach to the study of international transport, ports, terminals and global logistics. Following extensive industry consultation, MEL has compiled a curriculum of 15 modules which aim – through their philosophy and individual learning objectives – at composing a holistic and tightly knitted, integrated, approach to the understanding and analysis of global maritime supply chains of production-transport-distribution, where ocean transportation and port and terminal management play a pivotal role.
- ERIM Research Institute
In terms of research and education, most of the MEL Resident Faculty participates in the Business Processes, Logistics and Information Systems (LIS) programme of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). ERIM was recently assessed as one of the top three management schools in Europe and it is accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
- MEL Research
For years, MEL research has ‘defined’ the field of maritime economics and logistics. Most of our research has been funded by external organisations such as the European Commission and The World Bank. Consultancy work has taken MEL to the four corners of the earth, from Korea to Brazil and from Norway to Greece. The academic staff publishes in leading journals. Cutting-edge research is presented at academic conferences.
- Truly International
Several bachelor’s, majors and virtually all master’s programmes of our University are given in English. In recent years the EUR campus has become so international that, walking around these days, you will find it difficult to hear any other language but English. The MEL classroom typically has nationals from between 15 to 20 different countries.
Rotterdam is a young dynamic international city, known for its culture and internationally-renowned architecture. In 2014 The New York Times placed Rotterdam in the top 10 of the 52 places in the world to visit. As the economic heart of the Netherlands, the largest port of Europe, and a vibrant city, Rotterdam is the ideal location to study Maritime Economics and Logistics.