FASoS News

Update on the systems available after the cyberattack

Today several FASoS systems went back online. These include:

  • SOLVER
  • VMF
  • Files4students

However, there is a limitation: These systems, as well as several UM-wide systems that have been available for some time now, including Outlook, IMAR and network folders (I: J: K: L: N: and P: drives) are only available over wired connections and not over Wi-Fi.


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EuroSim Antwerp 2020: unprecedented success

Our team left Maastricht unannounced, but they are back with terrific news.

During EuroSim 2020, an international, inter-university, and transatlantic simulation of the European Union that took place in Antwerp from 5 – 9 January 2020, the FASoS team made an outstanding success.

The team of 8 students – prepared and accompanied by Jelena Stankovic, the EuroSim coordinator at FASoS – returned home with 3 out of 5 possible awards.


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Cyber attack update

On Monday 6 January, FASoS staff was briefed in the Turnzaal by dean Sophie Vanhoonacker on the cyber attack against UM on 23 December.

The top priority after the cyber attack was to ensure education could resume as usual on Monday 6 January. Thanks to our IT staff – and also other staff members – that have worked continuously since the cyber attack, this has been made possible.

The student portal, eleum, the timetable and the library were all working again already before 6 January.


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Positive advice European Studies re-accreditation

From Wednesday 11 until Friday 13 December, an audit panel visited FASoS to evaluate the 4 programmes in the European Studies Cluster (BA ES, MA ES, EPA, ESST) for the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) re-accreditation. The panel enjoyed the sessions with staff, students, alumni, and management which took place in an open atmosphere.


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Happy Sinterklaas!

Today, 5 December, is ‘pakjesavond’, the eve on which Sinterklaas brings gifts to Dutch children and on which families get together to eat and play games.

To accommodate all the last-minute gift shopping and celebratory cooking, UM staff members only need to work until 16.00 today.

Happy Sinterklaas!

Artwork at Grote Gracht 76

Have you already spotted the new piece of art at FASoS? In light of FASoS’ 25-year anniversary, a large artwork has been installed on the side of the building Grote Gracht 76.

‘Painting No. 1826’ was created by artist Jan van der Ploeg. It was a gift to FASoS, obtained through assistant professor Christian Ernsten, who has previously worked together with Jan van der Ploeg.
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New category in FASoS Weekly: Humans of FASoS

As of January, a new category will be added to the FASoS weekly: Humans of FASoS.

Do you have an unexpected hobby, a cute pet, baby news or funny facts about yourself that you would like to share with the FASoS staff community? Then fill in the submission form or send an email to communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Each week, one story will be featured in the new category.

Results Keuzegids bachelor’s 2020

The results of the annual Keuzegids bachelors have been published. European Studies is still the first in its category with an overall score of 50. Arts and Culture is now in fifth place, with an overall score of 64. Since Digital Society has only started in September 2019, no data are available yet.


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Choose your christmas gift

Ho Ho Ho, it’s that time of year again: Christmas is coming. You may love or hate the build-up, but we’re already making preparations.

This year, we’ll let you decide on a Christmas gift. You can choose between extra salary (€50 extra net pay) or various gifts and giftcards.

Please indicate your preference via this link before Thursday 21 November. If you don’t specify your choice, we will assume that you want a gift.


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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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