The Erasmus University Rotterdam has been chosen to organise the European University Games in 2014. The student sports event will conclude the celebratory year of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Rotterdam institute.
The Games are a new initiative of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), which had only organised championships for individual sports until now. The first European University Games will be held in Cordoba, Spain. During the biennial event, athletes will compete in ten sports, including football, volleyball and rowing. A total of some four thousand students from schools of higher education and universities will participate. For the second edition, held from 4 to 13 July 2014, the university of Wroclaw in Poland was also a contester. Sixteen teams may participate in the championships for each sport. They need to qualify beforehand. Being the organiser, Erasmus University is entitled to enter one team for each sport. Only teams from institutes of tertiary education that are registered with Studentensport Nederland may try to qualify. Apart from the universities, there are only four such schools of higher education (Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Zeeland, the I-Pabo and BRESS in Breda). In many university cities, however, the student sports centres are also accessible to students from schools of higher education, enabling them to compete too.