Education and research facilities for tomorrow’s premier technical talents
A special feature of the education facilities at RDM Rotterdam’s Campus is that senior secondary vocational education (mbo) and higher professional education (hbo) programmes can be found working together under the same roof. At Innovation Dock, Techniek College Rotterdam and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences collaborate both with each other and with local companies set up at RDM. In addition, the institutions have partnerships with Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, YES!Delft, the STC Group, Rotterdam Mainport University and TNO. The Campus offers students ample opportunities for applied research, innovation, interaction and experimentation.
Techniek College Rotterdam (a collaboration between Albeda College and Zadkine) trains students for a wide range of vocations, including maintenance technician, welder or metalworker. And Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences’ Automotive programme and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design are also housed at RDM. In addition, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has set up field and project locations for a number of other technical education programmes at RDM.
Research and collaboration with the private sector
The Campus also serves as a site for field research by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences’ knowledge centre Kenniscentrum Duurzame HavenStad. This research is focused on developing new knowledge, insight and solutions for promoting Rotterdam’s transition towards a sustainable port city.
Within the RDM Centre of Expertise, which was also set up by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, educators, researchers and private sector firms work together in Communities of Practice to improve technical education, generate new knowledge and encourage sustainable innovations for the benefit of the city and port of Rotterdam.
Overview of knowledge players at RDM
Techniek College Rotterdam
Techniek College Rotterdam (a collaboration between Albeda College and Zadkine) organises a variety of programmes at RDM – including Maintenance and Machining, where students train to become, for example, a technician, welder, metalworker or machinist.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Over 35,000 students work on their career at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, a leading centre of higher professional education (hbo) in the Netherlands. In its programmes, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences takes advantage of the experience amassed by the private sector, as well as giving new knowledge in return. It draws most of this hands-on experience from the international port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ foremost hub when it comes to the knowledge economy, area development, the port and innovation in the care sector. The university of applied sciences has set up two programmes at RDM: Automotive and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. In addition, RDM serves as a field and project location for various other technical degree programmes, including Industrial Product Design, Architecture and Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
Kenniscentrum Duurzame HavenStad
Kenniscentrum Duurzame HavenStad works to develop new knowledge, insight and solutions relating to Rotterdam’s transition towards a sustainable port city by means of practice-based research. The centre concentrates on the themes delta technology, transport and traffic, new industries, green chemical, energy-neutral construction and the ship of the future. In this context, Kenniscentrum Duurzame HavenStad focuses on those fields that are most relevant to the future graduates of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, so that the acquired knowledge has immediate value for the institution’s degree programmes.
RDM Centre of Expertise
Educational institutions, research institutes and the private sector work together within RDM Centre of Expertise (RDM CoE) on technical education programmes, new knowledge and sustainable innovations that can benefit the port and city of Rotterdam. They base their collaboration on special Communities of Practice in the fields of Maritime & Offshore, Logistics & Mobility, Energy & Process Technology, New Manufacturing and Circular & Floating Construction. The centre of expertise RDM CoE was set up by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and is acknowledged and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. It is based on a public-private partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam and private-sector partners and is set up at the campus of RDM Rotterdam – in the heart of the port area. RDM CoE is the key driver for innovation in the port and the city.