FASoS News

Hylke Dijkstra joins Advisory Council on International Affairs

Hylke Dijkstra has been appointed to the Advisory Council on International Affairs (Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken; AIV) where he will be a member of the Standing Committee on European Integration. The AIV advises the Dutch government and parliament on all matters of foreign affairs.


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First place rankings and medals for FASoS programmes in Elsevier Ranking

In the Elsevier Best Studies 2019 ranking, the bachelor’s programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture ended up first in their category.

Within the master’s programmes the research master’s in Cultures of Art, Science and Technology (CAST) ended up first and both the research master’s European Studies (RMES) and the master’s European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) received bronze medals.


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FASoS goes digital

As of the upcoming exam week, a few FASoS exams will be taken digitally. In period 1, three exams will be taken digitally. We expect that the number of digital exams will grow.

Students who will participate in the digital exams will receive detailed information about the digital exams this week.


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Rianne Letschert ‘Successful Career Woman of the Year 2019’

On Thursday 26 September, Rianne Letschert, rector of Maastricht University, won the ‘Successful Career Woman of the Year 2019’ award (Dutch: Topvrouw van het Jaar).

She told Dagblad de Limburger that she chose to nominate herself “in order to use that position to be able to make a contribution towards the discussion about women who combine busy jobs with family life.”


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Interview with Tannelie Blom and Jo Wachelder

As you all may know, FASoS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. FASoS Professor Tannelie Blom and Associate Professor Jo Wachelder were founders of the sixth faculty at Maastricht University.

In an interview they look back on an especially dynamic quarter of a century. They discuss how the faculty came about, who was involved, and the hurdles they had to overcome.


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Kiran Klaus Patel & Valentina Mazzucato inaugurated at KNAW

On Monday 16 September, Kiran Patel, professor of European and global history, and Valentina Mazzucato, Professor of Globalisation & Development, were inaugurated at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Their prestigious appointment as members of the KNAW was celebrated during a festive gathering.

We would hereby like to congratulate both Kiran and Valentina on their permanent appointment!

FASoS Open Air Movie Night, on 25 September

This year FASoS celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Throughout the year, a number of events are organised.

On Wednesday evening, 25 September (exact time t.b.a.), the iconic movie Forrest Gump will be played at the square behind the Turnzaal. Popcorn and cotton candy are provided. Make sure to bring your own drinks, blankets and inflatable chairs or beanbags. The event is open to all FASoS students and employees. Bring your UM card as identification.

FASoS welcomes Prof. Mathieu Segers

Following the end of his mandate as dean of University College Maastricht, Prof. Mathieu Segers, chair in contemporary European history and European integration, will be joining the History Department of FASoS as from 1 October 2019. As a well-known scholar on the history and pre-history of European integration, his research perfectly fits into the work of the faculty’s research programme ‘Politics and Culture in Europe’.


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FASoS alumna Hanna Novosad appointed minister in Ukraine

Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister in the Ukraine. Hanna Novosad graduated from the master’s programme in 2013. She worked at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, where she has been leading the Directorate for Strategic Planning and European Integration since 2017.


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Special chair ‘Limburg and Europe’ for Prof. Joep Leerssen

On 1 September, Prof. Joep Leerssen has been apppointed as special chair ‘Limburg and Europe (0,2 fte) at FASoS. The chair has been established by the Sociaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (SHCL) with the support of the Maastricht Working on Europe group. Professor Leerssen has a chair in Modern European Literature in the Department of European Studies (since 1991) at the University of Amsterdam and is recipient of the prestigious Spinoza Prize (2008).


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