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Written by Nudge Ambassador Marloes van Kats
11 May 2015
RDM Campus is centrally located in the city ports area of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at the old shipyard of the ‘ Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij’ (RDM – Rotterdam Dry Dock Company), once one of the largest shipbuilders in Europe. After its bankruptcy, the site fell into disuse. Albeda College (mbo), Rotterdam University of Applied Science (hbo) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority saw potential in this industrial monument and joined forces in redeveloping this historical area into a campus. The abbreviation RDM now stands for Research, Design and Manufacturing.
At RDM Campus technical education, research centres and companies collaborate on sustainable innovations needed for the Rotterdam economy. In innovation teams and communities of practices students, teachers, professors and entrepreneurs together address concrete practical questions in the fields of maritime, process technology, energy, logistics, mobility, construction and making.
The professionals and entrepreneurs of the future are thus trained in practice. Sustainability is an integral part of education. What is also special about education at RDM is the location of mid-level and higher vocational education under one roof. RDM campus houses 2 resource centres as well, focusing on 2 topics. First is knowledge, solutions and strategies needed to make Rotterdam an energy neutral, climate-robust, liveable and attractive delta city. Second researches how the Port of Rotterdam can further develop into the most efficient, safe and sustainable port in the world.
RDM Campus is a unique business location where both start-ups and existing businesses can bring new products to market faster. In an open environment lots can be rented for the duration of the product’s development – and on a flexible basis, where prototypes and products can be developed, tested and demonstrated.
Peter Troxler and Tineke Mulder proudly presented us this vibrant, inspiring place. We wish we had the opportunity to study here!