Master’s Edition

Important message for graduating students: online graduation

Dear students,

The last few months before your graduation did probably not go as you had planned. Instead of chilling in the park, meeting for coffee breaks with friends and going out to parties, you were required to stay at home as much as possible. On top of that, university buildings closed and you had to finalise your last courses and your thesis via an online teaching and learning format.

Though this has undoubtedly been a stressful period for many of you, you can be extremely proud of yourselves as you are now very close to receiving your final grades and are almost graduating.

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Johanna Hvalić’s third vlog about her MaRBLe research

Johanna is a third-year BA European Studies student. During the course On Expedition: travels into the unknown, MaRBLE students use travel books from the university library’s Special Collections to write their bachelor thesis and a Wikipedia entry. Johanna is one of them.

In her vlogs, Johanna takes you along her expedition and shares her experiences during this period. In this vlog, she tells how her research is going and she is returning to Maastricht!

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FASoS Weekly summer break from 6 July-14 August

Please note there will be no FASoS Weekly between Monday 6 July and Friday 14 August 2020. The current edition is the last FASoS weekly before the summer break. The first edition after the summer break will be published on Thursday 20 August.

If there are pressing matters during the break, we will consider sending out a special edition. Please contact the FASoS Weekly team via

New categories and submission guidelines FASoS weekly

After the summer holidays, all editions of the FASoS weekly (staff and bachelor/master) will have new categories. Below you find the new categories and some of the guidelines for submission.

You can submit a message for the FASoS weekly through the submission form. In this form, you can indicate for whom the message you wrote is intended (staff, bachelor or master). Messages should be submitted before 17.00 on Wednesday. The FASoS Weekly is sent on Thursday afternoon.

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Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito and Konjit Gudeta interviewed by UM

Researchers in the Well-being, Women, and Work in Ethiopia (3WE) research project – Valentina Mazzucato, Bilisuma Dito, and Konjit Gudeta – have been interviewed by UM on the effects of the corona crisis on the situation of female workers in foreign flower farms and factories in Ethiopia.

LIMES PhD vacancy

The LIMES co-fund project launched a PhD vacancy.

Apply now for the project ‘Coal at the cross roads: the rise and fall of an industry in the 19th and 20th century‘, supervised by Nico Randeraad. The application deadline is Monday 24 August.

Our other 11 LIMES PhD candidates are looking forward to welcoming another PhD candidate to the LIMES team!

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Maarten Vink appointed Chair in Citizenship Studies at EUI

Maarten Vink, Professor of Political Science with a focus on Political Sociology, has been appointed to the Chair in Citizenship Studies at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence from 1 September 2020. Maarten will be on special leave from Maastricht University for the duration of his five year-appointment at the EUI.

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UM ranked 6th in Times Higher Education Young Universities ranking

Maastricht University has risen in the Times Higher Education Young Universities ranking and can call itself the sixth best young university in the world. UM is proud that its efforts, including in the fields of education and research, have been rewarded in this ranking. In the QS 50 Under 50, UM rose from the 23rd to the 19th place.

These special rankings indicate which young universities are expected to be among the world’s best in the future.

RMES student Serena Rosadini publishes academic article

RMES student Serena Rosadini has published her first academic article in the African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. The article discusses the changes in the South African political culture and system after the fall of the Apartheid regime and the 1994 elections.

You can read the open access article here.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on DIY videos in teaching

In our latest blog post, Sjoerd Stoffels discusses the actual process of filming a video for teaching purposes.

Using video has become part of teaching reality during recent months, but on a global scale this is hardly a new development. It concerns more than just recording full lectures; instead it is about various concepts that are better suited for digesting information on devices or screens, not just in times of online teaching and learning.

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