FASoS News

Common Room GG76s refurbished: join the launch on 22 January

The FASoS Faculty Board made some budget available to refurbish the Common Room in GG76s. After hard work of the Student Reps the Common Room is now a nice place for FASoS students and staff to come together. The Common Room is shared with SBE.

To celebrate FASoS’ 25th birthday this year, we would like to have a festive launch of the new Common Room. Have some (free) cake with us on Tuesday 22 January at 13.00 and explore the new Common Room!

Giselle Bosse awarded NWO grant for Refugee Scientist Fellowship

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) ‘Refugees in Science’ pilot contributes to making Dutch science and the academic labour market accessible to refugee scientists. This grant (€60.000) finances the appointment of Mr Erman Atak to Dr Bosse’s ongoing NWO project. During his one-year fellowship at FASoS, Mr Atak’s research will focus on the influence of lobby groups on EU military operation ‘Sophia’ against migrant smugglers.


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FASoS Green Impact team ahead of most others

The Green Impact Challenge is in full steam and the FASoS team ‘Soylent Green’ is currently scoring second place. Soylent Green has beaten the team of the Executive Board, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University Office and five other competing teams. The first place currently belongs to the Student Services Centre.

While change towards sustainability is much more sophisticated than scoring points, still – congratulations!


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First FASoS Green Impact Team meeting and first points earned

On Wednesday 21 November, the first FASoS Green Impact Team meeting took place. A collective of 9 team members strong, consisting of: Charlotte Bens, Manon Beudart, Silvija Burbaite, Timothée Galvaire, John Harbord, Zahar Koretsky, Eliza Marx, Sjoerd Stoffels and Jana Tinkov.

The team nickname themselves Soylent Green – the title of a grim Science Fiction thriller that plays in an ecological crumbling world.


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Publication of Honours-Programme Article on the Future of the EU

Emma Kessenich, Carlotta Terhorst, Sophie Mary, Paul Denfeld and Mira Seyfettinoglu from the Honours Programme of 2017 have accomplished to publish their article on the European Balcony Project, a Europe-wide citizen-initiative by Prof. Ulrike Guérot. The European Studies and Arts and Culture students were involved in the Honours Programme ‘The Future of the European Union’ supervised by Prof. Vanhoonacker and Prof. Blom, from February to June 2018.


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Have you seen the latest FASoS vlogs?

Our Bachelor European studies student Alice is currently on her exchange semester in Hong Kong. During her time abroad she vlogs about her experiences as an exchange student.

Her vlogs are available on the FASoS Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Stay tuned because there are more vlogs to come!

FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ Prize 2018 awarded

The jury of the FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ prize, consisting of Marjolein van Asselt, Vivian van Saaze, Kiran Klaus Patel (chair) and Klaartje Peters, decided to award the FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ Prize 2018 to Floris Peters, Maarten Vink and Hans Schmeets for their research and strategic interventions regarding the proposed bill by the Dutch government to increase the residence requirement for naturalisation in the Netherlands.


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Study Saturday @ FASoS from 09.00-19.00 on 20 October

FASoS will open its doors again for you to study on the Saturday before exam week!

You will have all day from 09.00 to 19.00. And if you’re worried that you’ll get hungry, no problem, Banditos will be open as well (between 10.00-14.00)!

Practical information:

  • Entrance to FASoS is through GG90-92
  • Bikes can be parked in the courtyard (only this day!)
  • Building GG76 is open for studying


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Three FASoS programmes first place in Elsevier Ranking

In the Elsevier Best Studies 2018 ranking, both 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.

The Elsevier ranking is based on the National Student Survey (NSE).


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Green Impact at UM: join the FASoS team

Do you dare to compete against the Executive Board in the Sustainability Challenge of the UM? And do you want to act on sustainability at UM, but you don’t know how to start? Get involved in Green Impact!

FASoS would like to set-up their own team to join Green Impact. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please send an email to Sjoerd Stoffels.


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