FASoS News

Peter Peters appointed Professor of Innovation of Classical Music at UM

On 1 September 2018, Peter Peters will be officially appointed as Professor of Innovation of Classical Music at Maastricht University and will stand at the helm of the newly-founded Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM). The MCICM is set to become an interdisciplinary research institute that will support revitalising developments in the classical music sector.

Sophie Vanhoonacker one of the Ambassadors of the Duck Race 2018

Sophie Vanhoonacker is one of the Ambassadors of this year’s Duck Race supporting the Refugee Project Maastricht (RPM). Make sure to adopt your duck for €5,- and support RPM! The Duck Race this year also supports Animal’s Faith Foundation.

The Race takes place on Sunday 13 May in the city park Maastricht.

New @FASoS: Tiny Innovation Award, for the best small improvement

At FASoS, creativity abounds. Hence, it is likely that students and staff members are full of ideas for improving life at FASoS. The Tiny Innovation Award rewards the best small idea for a big improvement. The reward consists of a VVV gift voucher of €100, as well as immediate implementation. Non-winning ideas will also be considered for implementation, so that no good ideas will be lost!

Submissions for the first round: 13 April 2018.


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Keuzegids Masters 2018: CAST also designated ‘top study programme’

In the annual Keuzegids Masters FASoS has three designated ‘top study programmes’: next to the master’s programme European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (overall score of 86) and the research masters European Studies (overall score of 90), the research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (overall score of 86) also received the quality label.


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Keuzegids Masters 2018: two designated ‘top study programmes’ at FASoS

In the annual Keuzegids Masters FASoS has two designated ‘top study programmes’: the master’s programme European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (overall score of 86) and the research master European Studies (overall score of 90). This quality label is given only to those programmes that receive a score of 76 or higher in the Keuzegids assessment.
Maastricht University has again been ranked as the country’s second best general university.


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Help FASoS to improve our programmes: fill in the NSE questionnaire

Every year all students in the Netherlands are asked to fill in the NSE questionnaire. Through the NSE many students analyse their programmes and universities. The results from the survey will be analysed thoroughly by FASoS and will be discussed in the management teams. This way FASoS can keep on improving their study programmes. All students will receive an invitation email to join. Thank you in advance for your participation!


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Update on smoking areas at FASoS

Last year, FASoS has introduced a new smoking policy. The designated smoking areas have now slightly changed, as it is no longer allowed to smoke in front of the Grote Gracht 76 building. This way people can walk in and out and in front of the building without having to go through smoke.
We would like to ask the FASoS community (staff and students) to contribute to making FASoS a comfortable place for everyone.


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Wiebe Bijker presents evaluation report WRR to Prime Minister Rutte

Prof. Wiebe Bijker presented the report ‘Meer dan ooit nodig—Evaluatie van de Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid [WRR], 2013-2017’ (‘More needed than ever—Evaluation of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, 2013-2017’) to the President of the WRR (The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) and the Prime Minister on 30 January. Bijker chaired an evaluation committee.


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FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog launched

Teaching and learning are at the heart of FASoS. The newly launched FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog offers teaching staff a platform to share experience and best practices. Blog posts discuss particular challenges and situations in Problem-Based Learning, novel ways of testing, use of digital tools, interactive lecturing, and so on. The first post by BA AC ‘Tutor of the Year 2016/2017’ Philip Post deals with engaging students in PBL tutorials.


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Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth publish thesis research

Patrick Bijsmans and FASoS alumna Christiane Barth (MA European Studies) have just published Christiane’s thesis research in the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary European Studies. Entitled ‘The Maastricht Treaty and public debates about European integration: the emergence of a European public sphere?’, this Open Access article looks at debates about European integration in British and German newspapers in the early 1990s.


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