Universities are receiving less and less public funding per student. In response, they are increasingly seeking out alternative sources of income – and Erasmus University is no exception. One such source of income is the private sector. Academics are commissioned to perform research on companies’ behalf or provide consultancy services. And various degree programmes solicit sponsoring or help companies to recruit students. However, collaborations of this kind may call the independence and integrity of institutions’ education and research into question.

In this dossier, we will be bringing together the various articles that we write about academic collaboration with the private sector. Do you have any questions, comments or tips about this subject? Feel free to send an email to Editor Tim Ficheroux.


‘Erasmus University is capable of self-purification’

According to Minister Van Engelshoven, EUR has responded well to accusations of conflicts…


Are the ties between this university and the fossil fuel industry justified?

Controversial research by the Rotterdam School of Management, paid for by fossil fuel…

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‘Minister must intervene at RSM’

According to sociologist Vatan Hüzeir, the RSM trivializes the integrity risks at the…

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RSM Dean: ‘We need to be more transparant about collaboration with private sector’

Dean Steef van de Velde responds to cautions about integrity risks at Rotterdam School of…

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RSM called on to take measures against integrity risk

The Executive Board demands Rotterdam School of Management to take measures against…

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Integrity risks at RSM, but no direct influence from industry on education and research

An independent committee investigated the ties between RSM and industry. They identify…

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Official complaint about scientific integrity RSM professor

According to the complaint, the professor failed to report that his research into the…


Bussemaker does not wish to investigate ties between universities and the fossil fuel industry yet

Minister for Education awaits results of an independent committee’s investigation of…

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‘Investigate all universities’ ties with the fossil fuel industry’

Students and staff must be more vocal about preserving the independence of education and…

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SP organises demo against ‘very close ties’ between RSM and Shell

Members of the Socialist Party (SP) demonstrated against the relations between RSM and…

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RSM and Shell: an (im)possible relationship?

RSM students turn out to be not very concerned about the influence of the partnership…

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Lower House debate following criticism of RSM and Shell connections

A debate will take place in the Lower House in response to the report on the connections…

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‘What if students all want to work for a cluster bomb manufacturer?’

Sociologist Vatan Hüzeir studied the links between RSM and the fossil industry. "After…

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RSM dean: ‘Severing ties with Shell won’t solve a thing. On the contrary.’

RSM Dean Van de Velde responds to the report about relations with the fossil fuel…

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Committee investigates links between RSM and industry

Erasmus University is launching an independent enquiry after a report about the influence…

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‘Shell able to influence design of RSM curriculum’

RSM has a close relationship with different companies in fossil energy. This is evidenced…

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Paid, but not fixed

Series: The EUR has the reputation that its research and education is greatly influenced…

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University earning more from contract research

EUR is earning more and more from second and third flow funding. In the past ten years,…

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Endowed professors are an endowment to the university

In fact, endowed professors are nothing special. How does it actually work?


Endowed professorship in Rotterdam is primarily ‘policy device’

The endowed professorship in Rotterdam is primarily a ‘policy device’.


‘Business far too prominent at Erasmus University’

The Issue: financial ethics professor Aloy Soppe on business' influence at EUR.

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SP leaves 200 rubber ducks on Campus Woudestein in protest

The political party mad about ban of distributing flyers on campus.

‘University, stop investing in fossil fuels!’

Student Vatan Hüzeir (27) is gravely concerned about the negative impact the Erasmus…

‘EUR: Rethink ties with fossil fuel industry’

Research master student Vatan Hüzeir (27) is worried about the university’s…