Staff’s Edition

Experts gathered to discuss an inclusive Digital Society

At the Digital Society conference organised by the VSNU on Tuesday 26 November, 300 leading experts gathered to discuss an inclusive Digital Society. Among them was FASoS Professor Sally Wyatt.

You can read a report about the day in Dutch here and in English here.


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New FASoS T&L Blog on pre-discussions in PBL

Students often struggle with pre-discussions, yet this is one of the most important elements of PBL. In this blog, Jasmijn van der Most suggests treating the seven steps in a more flexible manner and standing outside of the group to give the students space. She argues that these adaptations have made it easier for students to produce a productive pre-discussion.


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Paul Stephenson writes for the European Court of Auditors journal

With 450 new Members of European Parliament (MEPs), what are the political implications of the new European Parliament (EP) on auditing and scrutinising EU budgetary expenditure?

María-Luisa Sánchez-Barrueco (University of Deusto) and Paul Stephenson (Maastricht University) discuss the role, activities and composition of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT) on pages 69-73 of the recent issue of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) journal.


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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!

SG lecture series: Film Analysis – Anatomy of Film, in Jan – Feb 2020

Analysing films helps us understand the effectiveness of filmmakers’ intentions and messages, as well as our own interpretations of the final visual product. Each lecture is illustrated by film clips from different periods and by different directors.

When: Thursday 9, 16, and 23 January and 6 and 13 February, 19.30 – 21.30
Where: Lumière Cinema
Costs whole series: UM students €10, UM employees €25, others €50
Speaker: Karel Deburchgrave

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MA Arts and Heritage student interviewed by Observant

MA Arts and Heritage student Tereza Spustova was interviewed by Observant for the paper’s ‘dress to express’ section. In this section, students are interviewed about their style and their shopping preferences.

In the interview, Tereza says that she likes to “shop in small local boutiques; they give personal advice and have original items”.


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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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First Lumière movie screening great success

The first Lumière movie screening in light of the 25th anniversary of FASoS was a great success; 158 people attended and the event was even sold out.

Wiebe Nauta introduced the movie Parasite with a nice introduction to South Korea and its growing inequality, and presented the audience with telling anecdotes. Thereafter, the movie was shown which left a lasting impression on the audience.

All-in-all, it was a great night.

Student Representatives year plan 2019/2020

The Student Representatives have finalised their year plan for the academic year 2019/2020. They have discerned education goals, Diversity, Integration, Accessibility, Sustainability (DIAS) goals, marketing & communication goals, career day goals, and general goals.

You can read the year plan here.

Jean Monnet lectures, in March – April 2020

The Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM) welcomes all FASoS staff and students to join our prestigious Jean Monnet lectures.

On Thursday 12 March 2020, we welcome Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions.

On Thursday 23 April, Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment and Oceans, will attend.

Both events take place in the Turnzaal, from 18.30 – 20.00.


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