History

History

Initiated by the faculties of social sciences and geography an economics project in Utrecht was started in the academic year 1991/1992. As a result, the association Economie Combinatie Utrecht 1992 was founded on the 24th of March in the Bondsraadzaal of the National Labourunion museum in Amsterdam. Over the years, ECU’92 grew from one of the smallest study associations to one of the largest in Utrecht consisting of 35 members in July 1992 to 580 members in 2001 and the associations has around 1800 members nowadays. Furthermore, it became an active, pleasant and vivid study association for all Economic and Business economics students of Utrecht University.

Utrecht University started an independent Economics bachelor program in the year 2000. The establishment of the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) created a large increase in the number of ECU’92 members. In a later stage, two important factors contributed to the professionalization of the association. First, ECU’92 started to focus on its alumni policy, since more ECU’92 members became alumni. Yearly, ECU’92 started to organize events which offered the possibility for alumni to stay in contact with the association. Secondly, with the introduction of the English taught bachelor program, both U.S.E. and ECU’92 have been focusing on the international character of the program. The bilingualism within the association is one of the features which makes ECU’92 special among all study associations in Utrecht.

Locations

Over the years, ECU’92 has been located at several places throughout Utrecht. Before moving to Pnyx ECU’92 was settled at two locations, namely the Biltstraat and the Uithof. The professionalization and the increase in the number of members ensured that in 2003 a second ECU’92 room was assigned to the University College campus building U. Meanwhile, the other ECU’92 room moved through Pnyx and Vredenburg to Janskerkhof. In 2011, the second ECU’92 room also moved to the University College campus. In the year 2014-2015, ECU’92 moved into two rooms in the Descartes Building. This was due to fact that the Spinoza building was completely renovated in that year. In the summer of 2015 ECU’92 moved back to the current rooms 1.14 and 1.15 in the Spinoza building where they will stay for the years to come.