Staff updates

Lauren Wagner new Programme Director MA GDS

The Faculty Board has appointed Lauren Wagner as the new Programme Director of the MA programme Globalisation and Development Studies. Lauren Wagner will succeed the current director Wiebe Nauta on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years.

Many thanks to Wiebe for successfully navigating the GDS programme through the re-accreditation process, and we hope the next period will live up to his legacy.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on PBL at the University of Bamberg

While it is not, strictly speaking, ‘new’ anymore, Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be considered as more relevant than ever in a world that is characterised by increasingly complex (policy) problems. In the first guest contribution to the FASoS & Blog, Martin Wirtz and Lasse Gerrits from the University of Bamberg argue that the way students learn to address such problems by means of PBL fits complexity-informed perspectives on public policy.


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Hans Schouwenburg wins UM valorisation prize

Two researchers who earned their PhD from Maastricht University in 2017 were awarded a prize for the quality of their valorisation chapter in their dissertation. Since a few years, PhD candidates at the UM are required to write a chapter about the way their research can be translated into societal or economic value. Last year, Dr. Hans Schouwenburg and Dr. David Barata wrote this chapter so well that they were awarded the Valorisation Prize 2017.


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Introducing: Mareike Smolka

This month Mareike Smolka has joined FASoS as a PhD student with a scholarship from the Center for Cultural Research Lübeck (ZKFL) in Germany. Her ethnographic and historical study of different actors’ conceptions of “responsibility” in neuroscientific meditation research will be supervised by Cyrus Mody, Darian Meacham and Cornelius Borck (ZKFL).


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Arjan Schakel new Programme Director BA European Studies

The Faculty Board has appointed Arjan Schakel as the new Programme Director of the BA programme European Studies. Arjan Schakel will succeed the current director Esther Versluis on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years.

The colleagues from the BA European Studies thank Esther Versluis wholeheartedly for her incredible effort and extraordinary dedication of the past four years.

 

Ben de Bruyn new Programme Director MA ALS and PS

The Faculty Board has appointed Ben de Bruyn as the new Programme Director of the MA programmes Art, Literature and Society and Politics and Society. Ben de Bruyn will succeed the current director Jan de Roder on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years.

Geert Somsen new Programme Director MA ESST

The Faculty Board has appointed Geert Somsen as the new Programme Director of the MA programme European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (ESST). Geert will succeed the current director Vincent Lagendijk on 1 September 2018 for a period of three years. Geert is a historian of science and technology, member of the History Department and the MUSTS research programme.


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Introducing: Jelena Stankovic

My name is Jelena Stankovic, and I have recently joined the History department as a teaching assistant in the European Studies Bachelor’s programme. I have a BA and MA in History, as well as MA in European studies on Society, Science and Technology from Maastricht University.

I am very excited to be a part of FASoS again and I am looking forward to working and meeting you all.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on use of the whiteboard in PBL

Does use of the whiteboard foster classroom discussions or does it rather impede them? Read all about it in the latest contribution to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog by Sven Schaepkens and Patrick Bijsmans.
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Philip Post leaves Maastricht University

Philip Post will be leaving Maastricht University/FASoS at the end March. In April he will start a PhD project on colonial history at Leiden University. Philip: “I would like to thank all the students and colleagues for the wonderful time I have had here. Thank you for the interesting discussions! I can be reached via the following email address in case you would like to contact me: philippost@gmail.com.”

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