Like the EU Exchange programme, Erasmus University College Brussels is named after the great humanistic philosopher and author, Desiderius Erasmus, who lived for a few years in Brussels. His work is characterized by genuine openness of mind, tolerance and an international perspective: three pillars of this institution’s mission.
Erasmus University College Brussels has more than 5000 students and consists of six departments with about 20 areas of study. The teaching language is Dutch. Some departments offer English courses, such as de Conservatory or Business Management.
It boasts a student-oriented approach through intense tutoring. All departments are involved in the restructuring processes of educational innovation. ICT-based teaching and learning, modularisation and problem-based teaching are some of these on-going processes. Erasmus University College Brussels uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which facilitates both curriculum comparison and student exchanges. The latter will be further improved by the development of modules using English as the language of instruction. For now, the teaching language is mainly Dutch.
The Flemish Higher Education Decree of 13 July 1994 ushered in a large-scale merger operation and reorganisation of the educational offer (disciplines and curricula). The more than 160 institutions were reduced to 22 colleges. Erasmus University College Brussels came into being in 1995 from a merger of some ten colleges in and around Brussels.
Brussels University Association
Together with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in 2003 Erasmus University College Brussels created the Brussels University Association. There are five such associations in Flanders, each consisting of one university (Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Hasselt) and one or more university colleges. The Brussels University Association has 13,500 students, 3500 staff, 55 bachelor’s, 107 master’s and 11 post-graduate programmes.
Disciplines, departments, campuses, programmes
Erasmus University College Brussels comprises professional and academic education in 10 disciplines, namely Architecture, Audiovisual and Dramatic Arts, Health Care, Communications, Industrial Sciences and Technologies, Music and Performing Arts, Education, Social Work and Hospitality Management and Tourism Management.
Erasmus University College Brussels is composed of 6 departments, located on different campuses. A short description of the campus is found below.
- Campus Management, Media & Sociaety
- Campus Health Care &Architecture
- campus Education
- Campus Brussels Royal Conservatory
- Campus Design & Technology
- Campus Rits
There are eight campuses spread all over Brussels. There are 24 bachelor’s (19 professional oriented and 5 academic) and 11 master’s degree programmes. In addition, the university college offers several continuing education, post-graduate, and further and continuing training programmes.