Redefining the Classroom

Redefining the Classroom

Creating Positive Societal Impact

There is more to innovation than building high-tech stuff. At ErasmusX, we also aim to innovate education through multidisciplinary collaboration with society. In fact, we are very much encouraged to do so as ‘Creating Positive Societal Impact‘ is the Erasmus University’s motto. The university is keen on bringing the knowledge and skills of EUR students and EUR academic staff closer to society. And that is where our project Redefining the Classroom comes in.

Creating Positive Societal Impact

There is more to innovation than building high-tech stuff. At ErasmusX, we also aim to innovate education through multidisciplinary collaboration with society. In fact, we are very much encouraged to do so as ‘Creating Positive Societal Impact‘ is the Erasmus University’s motto. The university is keen on bringing the knowledge and skills of EUR students and EUR academic staff closer to society. And that is where our project Redefining the Classroom comes in.

What is ‘Redefining the Classroom’?

Redefining the Classroom is a unique initiative by ErasmusX. The name of the project illustrates that a university classroom shouldn’t be confined to its literal walls and theoretical knowledge, but should also give space to real-life experience and getting your hands dirty. In fact, we believe it should be situated in the midst of society. Literally.

What is ‘Redefining the Classroom’?

Redefining the Classroom is a unique initiative by ErasmusX. The name of the project illustrates that a university classroom shouldn’t be confined to its literal walls and theoretical knowledge, but should also give space to real-life experience and getting your hands dirty. In fact, we believe it should be situated in the midst of society. Literally.

Say hello to HefHouse 👋

It is thanks to the efforts of the Municipality of Rotterdam that we have a location where our ideas and plans can take shape. We dubbed this location ‘HefHouse’, as it is located right next to the historical Hef bridge and its adorable Hefpark in the Feijenoord neighborhood (South of Rotterdam).

At HefHouse, ErasmusX operates together with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, represented by EMI op Zuid, and the Municipality of Rotterdam. All parties share the ambition to create a meeting place for young people from the neighborhood and students from our educational institutions. The goal is to build a community where the focus lies on social interaction between different groups of young people in the South of Rotterdam, and where there is room for talent development, entrepreneurship and education. The ultimate goal is to help decrease educational and social inequality.

Say hello to HefHouse 👋

It is thanks to the efforts of the Municipality of Rotterdam that we have a location where our ideas and plans can take shape. We dubbed this location ‘HefHouse’, as it is located right next to the historical Hef bridge and its adorable Hefpark in the Feijenoord neighborhood (South of Rotterdam).

At HefHouse, ErasmusX operates together with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, represented by EMI op Zuid, and the Municipality of Rotterdam. All parties share the ambition to create a meeting place for young people from the neighborhood and students from our educational institutions. The goal is to build a community where the focus lies on social interaction between different groups of young people in the South of Rotterdam, and where there is room for talent development, entrepreneurship and education. The ultimate goal is to help decrease educational and social inequality.

A project still very much in its infancy 👶

Unlike some of our other projects, we have only just set foot in the area and started talks with societal organizations that are knowledgeable about the needs of the people who live there, and especially the young people. We have teamed up with an organization called Chance to Influence to strengthen our efforts in defining what we as Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences have to offer. In the upcoming months the organization SOL (Samen Ondernemend Leren) will establish a youth hub in the building which will enable all parties to start up even more collaborative activities.

A project still very much in its infancy 👶

Unlike some of our other projects, we have only just set foot in the area and started talks with societal organizations that are knowledgeable about the needs of the people who live there, and especially the young people. We have teamed up with an organization called Chance to Influence to strengthen our efforts in defining what we as Erasmus University Rotterdam and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences have to offer. In the upcoming months the organization SOL (Samen Ondernemend Leren) will establish a youth hub in the building which will enable all parties to start up even more collaborative activities.

Examples of things we’ve done

We held a Pop-Up City Lab in collaboration with UNIC, namely ‘Politics and the City’ where a very diverse group of 45 participants discussed the reasons why young people are more reluctant to vote.

The UNIC Pop-Up City Lab on June 22, 2022

On another occasion, we hosted 40 Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences students who are doing a health scan of the area around HefHouse to come up with possible interventions.

Just keep an eye on this page if you would like to learn more, as we will update it as we go!

Examples of things we’ve done

We held a Pop-Up City Lab in collaboration with UNIC, namely ‘Politics and the City’ where a very diverse group of 45 participants discussed the reasons why young people are more reluctant to vote.

The UNIC Pop-Up City Lab on June 22, 2022

On another occasion, we hosted 40 Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences students who are doing a health scan of the area around HefHouse to come up with possible interventions.

Just keep an eye on this page if you would like to learn more, as we will update it as we go!

Let’s do something together!

We are open to hearing about your ideas, projects, initiatives, etc. So, if you’d like to join forces, please send our lovely colleague (and project leader) Frieda Franke an email: franke@eur.nl.

Our HefHouse location is open to all, we can’t wait to see what we can do together!

The HefHouse: Nassaukade 31, 3071JL, Rotterdam

Let’s do something together!

We are open to hearing about your ideas, projects, initiatives, etc. So, if you’d like to join forces, please send our lovely colleague (and project leader) Frieda Franke an email: franke@eur.nl.

Our HefHouse location is open to all, we can’t wait to see what we can do together!

The HefHouse: Nassaukade 31, 3071JL, Rotterdam

Do you want to do a project with us?

Do you want to do a project with us?