FASoS News

Results Keuzegids Masters 2019 online: two top programmes at FASoS

According to the Keuzegids Masters 2019, Maastricht University is the best university in the Netherlands, a shared position with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. At FASoS, two programmes have been labelled Top Programmes: the research masters European Studies (ES) and Cultures of Arts, Sciences and Technology (CAST).

See the full results on the website of the ‘Keuzegids’ (only available in Dutch).


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NWO Vici grant for Raf de Bont

Raf de Bont received a €1,500,00 Vici grant for his research project ‘Moving animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century.’

EU COFUND project ‘LIMES’ granted: 6 new PhD candidates at FASoS

The interfaculty Marie Curie COFUND proposal ‘LIMES’ is granted. UCM, SBE and FoL joined forces to set up this doctoral programme under the lead of FASoS. LIMES is aiming to recruit 13 PhD candidates at UM, of which 6 at FASoS. It is centred on the theme of ‘The Hardening and Softening of Borders: Challenges for Europe and the World’. LIMES– a Latin word that highlights the programme’s focus on moveable borders – is coordinated by CERiM.


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Lauren Wagner elected as new member of Maastricht Young Academy

Lauren Wagner has recently been elected as the new FASoS member of the Maastricht Young Academy, after an open application process. The Maastricht Young Academy is a group of early-career scientists from each of the Faculties at Maastricht University. Their aim is to operate as an independent – and, when necessary critical – platform within the university.

The Academy is looking forward to the new ideas and experiences that Lauren will bring.

FASoS Promoted Honorary Doctorate for Dr. Amitav Ghosh

Dr. Amitav Ghosh received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University during the 43rd Dies Natalis on 25 January 2019, at the recommendation of FASoS and in consultation with the University Council.

Professor Valentina Mazzucato, who promoted him for this honorary Doctorate, argues that Dr. Ghosh’s works highlight a truly global perspective to history through his analyses of global historical events from the perspective of everyday people.


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Hortense Jongen wins dissertation prize during Dies Natalis

During the annual Dies Natalis Hortense Jongen was awarded with the Dissertation Prize 2018. Each year UM awards a prize for the best thesis that was defended in that calendar year. The faculty deans nominated five theses. Jongen won with her thesis entitled ‘Combating Corruption the Soft Way: The Authority of Peer Reviews in the Global Fight against Graft.’


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Two Bachelor’s Thesis prizes for FASoS during the Dies Natalis

During the morning session of the annual Dies Natalis two FASoS students were presented with the Bachelor prize. Congratulations to Martin Rodriguez Alberdi and Sven Hegewald!


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FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog celebrates first birthday

It has been a year since the start of the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog. We have published blogs about good supervision and good tutoring, but also about the relation between PBL and academic writing. Some argued that PBL is more relevant than ever, but others noted that some of PBL’s core ideas are under pressure.

What better way to celebrate than with a blog of our own about the importance of sharing teaching experiences and best practices.

Two Master’s Thesis Awards for FASoS during the Dies Natalis

During the annual Dies Natalis two FASoS students were presented with the 2018 Student Award during the academic session.

Lea Smidt won an award for her thesis ‘Can Civil Society be Socially Engineered? The Influence of EU Democracy Aid on Civic Participation in Africa’ and Carla Greubel for her thesis: ‘Recording the Past – Structuring the Present: Technology and the Sound of Everyday Life in Homes for the Elderly’.


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Represent FASoS at EuroSim 2019 in New York, from 28-31 March

Each year FASoS appoints a group of 5-6 students to represent our faculty at an international EU simulation called ‘EuroSim’, which brings together 200 students from various European and US universities.

In 2019, this annual event is going to take place from Thursday 28 March to Sunday 31 March at St. John Fischer College in Rochester, NY (Upstate New York / US). The topic of negotiations is the Multiannual Financial Framework.

Join team FASoS!


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