FASoS News

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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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.

Anna Herranz-Surrallés new programme director RMES

The Faculty Board has appointed Anna Herranz-Surrallés as the new Programme Director of the Research Master European Studies (RMES). She will succeed current Programme Director Giselle Bosse on 1 September 2020.

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Fill out the student evaluation of online education and exams in period 5

Please fill out the student evaluation of online education and exams in period 5!

With your contribution we can determine points for improvement for the next academic year. A summary of the main points will be published in the FASoS Weekly. At the beginning of next year we will let you know what improvements we will be working on.

The survey will be open from Thursday 11 June until Tuesday 16 June. The link will also be published on the Student Portal.

Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman win PDI-SSH grant

Costas Papadopoulos and Susan Schreibman have been awarded a prestigious €1 million grant from the platform Digitale Infrastructuur Social Sciences & Humanities (PDI-SSH).

With this grant, they will develop ‘PURE3D’: a digital infrastructure for the publication and preservation of 3D scholarship. Such an infrastructure is in the national interest as it addresses a growing research area, in effect, elevating 3D models from static representations to digital scholarly editions.

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What do you think of online education?

From 15 March, education at UM underwent an abrupt transition to online education and we would like to know how you experienced this. The university has launched a questionnaire where you can tell us about your experiences with online education in period 5.

Your participation would help us enormously to determine what works and what doesn’t work in online learning at UM and how we can guarantee the best possible learning experience for current and future students.

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New FASoS Support Team Online Teaching & Learning

The Faculty Board is developing a set of supportive measures for the preparation and execution of next year’s teaching and learning activities. As part of these measures the FB has established a FASoS Support Team Online Teaching & Learning consisting of Patrick Bijsmans, Diede Diederiks, Mirko Reithler and Sjoerd Stoffels.

On 11 June, from 14.00 – 15.30 they will host a webinar to identify lessons learned and to gather ideas.

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NWO Aspasia grants for Anna Herranz-Surrallés and Lauren Wagner

Anna Herranz-Surrallés (Politics) and Lauren Wagner (DSS) have been confirmed as Aspasia grant holders for their projects “Dangerous Assets? Foreign investment governance in times of de-globalisation” (Herranz-Surrallés) and “Care matters: making and valuing home in a mobile world” (Wagner).

Aspasia grants are awarded to female applicants who were assessed as very good or excellent after the NWO Vidi/Vici interview procedures.

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University Council and Faculty Council elections, 25 – 28 May

The 2020 elections for the student delegations of the University Council and the Faculty Councils will take place between 25 and 28 May 2020. These are important bodies through which participation and having a voice within UM are formally regulated.

From 25 until 28 May you can vote for your preferred candidate. Elected candidates will also become member of the FASoS student representatives.

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Paul Stephenson new programme director ES/EPA

The Faculty Board has appointed Paul Stephenson as the new programme director of the MA European Studies and MA European Public Affairs.

Paul was previously the programme director for the MA European Studies in 2008-13. Paul will succeed current MA ES programme director Hylke Dijkstra and MA EPA director Christine Arnold on 1 September 2020.

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