KAN & USM

A student party so good they made it twice. KAN is back and even better, now joining forces with USM this election cycle to campaign for a better UM with 6 main pillars: 1) Collaboration, 2) Sustainability and Social Responsibility, 3) Education & Employability, 4) Participation, Communication & Transparency, 5) Diversity & Inclusivity, and 6) Wellbeing.

We take pride in having achievements we can account for: With SOSMaastricht we’ve attracted the attention of newspapers such as LeMonde, RTV Maastricht and DeLimburger. We provided temporary housing for over a 100 students, and helped some to find permanent housing through working with Maastricht Housing on any openings. We know the ins and outs of housing policy, having communicated with Vivianne Heijnen, housing policy officers of the Municipality, and housing policy officers of the University. We provided solutions, and lobbied in the Municipality Council meetings, and University Council meetings. Our proudest achievement is the continual pressuring for an increase of more short-term container housing in Maastricht for students resulting more than 600 additional units being currently constructed.

Through 56hourrule.nl We collaborated with the Maastricht University legal affairs team, and had the Dutch government admit that there is an issue with the 56 hour criteria as regards the information, and continuous pressuring and research, we’ve had the issue broadcasted through the LSVb and ISO. The system is changing together with the national campaign not my debt. We have been fighting for our rights as students.

Furthermore, in collaboration with the Green Office, we created the Sustainability Week, attracting student organizations and businesses together through different events to promote different issues and interesting projects surround sustainability. An event that will become an annual occurrence.

This year is focused on issues such as housing, student wellbeing, combatting sexual harassment in the University, as well as increasing accessibility of education, we hope that we can provide future students a University experience without the issues we’re all aware of and have, unfortunately, lived through ourselves. 

Some of our main running points are:

  1. Updating and reworking the current sexual harassment policy present in the university, and providing students with necessary guidance, help and support in cases where they might have been victims of sexual harassment and assault. 

  2. Through SOSMaastricht, we’ve learned a lot about the complicated and very often difficult housing situation in Maastricht for students. Due to this we wish to promote a more active stance of the University in these matters - participating in the future development of the municipality to support the growth of the University, providing support for students who have encountered scams, issuing warnings during moments when the housing market is facing unpredicted pressure, and more. 

  3. Reworking UM policy, guidelines, code of conduct, charters, announcements to be gender-neutral in their addresses, to align ourselves as a progressive university.

  4. Further promoting sustainability and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals within the University.

  5. Fighting for more transparency of both internal and external functioning of the University. We as students have a right to know how our university operates, and how it conducts itself, as members of the community. 

  6. Language courses for students should be subsidized, as well as the University should promote profession and faculty specific language courses, such as business language courses in SBE, legal language in LAW, and so on and so forth.

  7. Providing more international, especially non-EU students the opportunity to receive financing to pursue their studies at UM, such as through scholarships.

And so much more, we’ve created a comprehensive and detailed list of things we wish to achieve as a long-term strategy, and we hope you’re on board with what we have to offer. If you’re interested to learn more, we very kindly invite you to see our manifesto. Let’s build a more safe, enjoyable and sustainable university experience for ourselves, and future students! Vote KAN & USM.

Demi Janssen

Demi Janssen

Hi! I am Demi, a first year UCM student. This year, I have been on the board of KAN Party and I worked among others on organizing the Sustainability Week. I dream of a socially safe and inclusive university where sustainability and well-being are promoted and further embedded in the curriculum. I want to foster participation and transparency at UM by creating an environment where students feel empowered to share their opinions and engage in extracurricular activities. Feel free to shoot me a message or come see me at the Sustainability Hub! Because we KAN get things done, together.

Marts Ivaskis

Marts Ivaskis

My name is Marts, and I’m a third year European law student! Alongside my studies, I work in the Ministry of Justice, providing advice and commentary in ECJ cases involving Latvia, and have co-founded student projects such as SOSMaastricht and the 56hourrule.nl! This year I’ve decided to put a focus on fostering innovation through more opportunities for student start-ups, inclusivity through a movement to make UM guideline and texts utilize gender-neutral pronouns, and through communicating with student associations to achieve better representation.

Krithik Medwin Rock

Krithik Medwin Rock

Hey! I’m Krithik, currently pursuing my second-year in European Studies. I’m from Pondicherry, in South India, but grew up in Malaysia and Singapore, learning to love multiculturalism along the way. After having spent this academic year on the board of KAN Party, I bring an approach which unites that understanding of UM’s political arena with my ardency to engage with representing and building my community(ies) in order to see UM through to its greener and more international ambitions. Something on your mind? Seek me out at the Sustainability Hub or Banditos at FASoS, I’m only a quick text away!

Philipp Kreis

Philipp Kreis

Hi! I’m Phil, a third-year UCM student focusing on international relations, law, and the EU. In my free time, I enjoy doing sports, taking photos, debating at Model-UNs, and being engaged in Amnesty International and ECA. Apart from its 1.5°C goal, I will make mental health and inclusivity one of UM’s priorities in the University Council. Further, every student should have access to affordable housing. UM should also extend its scholarships for financially disadvantaged and non-EU students. Feel free to approach me to share your ideas or just to have a quick chat :)


Ben Sauer

Ben Sauer

Hey! I'm a first year student at FSE/SBE. My concern is for the future of students and that of our environment. I dream of a university that teaches us to shape our tomorrow responsibly. One that cares about ensuring every student can afford tuition, housing, and consumption without being privileged. I want to realise fair chances. I see potential for accessibility, a sustainable curriculum; a visionary UM. If you feel the same, I'd be honored to represent you. If I'm not (drunk) discussing politics, I'll be on campus or doing weights at USC. Approach me, I have an easy laugh.

Manuel Ntsoumou

Manuel Ntsoumou

I'm Manu, a third year student at UCM. In my three years at the university, I've been involved at UCM, the faculty and KAN to bring about positive change and ensure students are represented as best as they can. In my free time, I enjoy going on runs and watching documentaries.

Moritz Maximilian Takacs

Moritz Maximilian Takacs

My name is Moritz Takacs and I am currently doing my Masters in Sustainable Finance as well as Strategy & Innovation. Together with KAN & USM, I have been active in student representation since 2019. Currently, I am the Vice-Chair of the University Council. In this role, I have been mostly working on issues related to student well-being, internationalisation and sustainability. Through SOS Maastricht, we lobbied for more affordable housing. Furthermore, we pushed for greater accessibility to study financing under the 56hourrule.nl campaign. Vote KAN & USM because we get things done, together!

Matilde Ribetti

Matilde Ribetti

Hello,  I’m Matilde from the Law Faculty!

To explain you my candidature I want to tell you where my civic engagement in green policies comes from. Joining “Libera” association against mafias was my first step. During a project for the redevelopment of fields confiscated from mafias, I met with sustainable development experts who aroused my interest in the field. Since then, I learned much about sustainability policies, focusing on circular economy projects. This is the path led me to run with KAN, and I hope my next steps will lead me to concretely contribute to our university's “climate action network”.

Ceci Durante

Ceci Durante

Hi! I’m Cecilia, twenty years-old and a European Law School student. 

As any stereotypical italian, I love cooking with and for friends.  

I’ve always been curious about the world and about what people have to tell. For the rest - whether it is working out, chilling in the sun or any other activity - I’m passionate about well-being and sustainable lifestyle. I support KAN as I am convinced that through collaboration UM could achieve long-term sustainability. By building upon inclusivity, transparency and holistic educational programmes, UM could fully grow into a socially responsible university tomorrow - but starting from today!

Christopher Cherakakis

Christopher Cherakakis

I’m your typical veganarchist, looking for more radical solutions. To understand the world and how to change it better, I do global studies. In my free time I love to do some activism and volunteer at cool projects like the foodbank, besides going climbing and doing some creative stuff. I’m running because I want to push for more diversity, a greener campus, better mental health care as well as more opportunities for non-EU students to have a shot at our uni. 

So if you usually think ‘one solution, revolution’ I’m your person.

Raphael Harnett

Raphael Harnett

Mahalo, I’m running because I believe that ‘there ain’t no power like the power of the students cuz the power of the students don’t stop !’ 

Kind regards:) 

Freddy Leppert

Freddy Leppert

I'm Freddy, a third year UCM student. In my studies, I focus on international politics. When I'm not studying, I cook with friends or work on projects for the University Council, KAN or UCM PeerSupport. In the past year, I have put sustainability, wellbeing and student housing at the centre of my council work as a chair of the Strategy Committee, steering groups on wellbeing, SOS Maastricht and conversations with the Executive Board. I would like to continue and deepen this work as your representative from the KAN Party in the University Council.

Charlotte Lenhard

Charlotte Lenhard

I am a climate activist in student representation because UM needs us to push for change. I am part of the University Council and was vice-chair of the FASos Faculty Council last year. My main focus in council work has been to evaluate UM's sustainability strategy. I have also helped set up networks for sustainability like the Sustainability Hub and the FASoS Sustainability Platform. 

Besides activism, I enjoy studying European Studies and creative writing. In the upcoming academic year, I want UM to create and follow a concrete strategy for sustainable transformation.

Khush Jain

Khush Jain

Jonas Vetter

Jonas Vetter

Hello! I’m Jonas, a second-year SBE student. Whether it be running, biking, or chilling in the park with friends, I’ve always loved the outdoors. Growing up in the US, environmental leaders, such as Al Gore, inspired me to take action towards a better tomorrow.

Therefore, I would like to reflect a vision in our SBE faculty to become a future-oriented university that embodies sustainability, transparency, and social responsibility values. Together with the KAN party & USM, I am committed to challenging our faculty to maintain a steady course towards this future – a future that belongs to us!

Kim Sommer

Kim Sommer

My name is Kim and I have been on the SBE faculty council for two years now. I am studying MSc. Sustainable Finance and MSc. Strategy and Innovation and therefore, sustainability is an important matter to me. I believe that sustainability should be the core of every business and institution which also includes university. On top of that, I care a lot about inclusivity and giving everyone the opportunity to educate themselves. For this reason, I established the SBE Refugee Project where refugees residing in Maastricht can attend academic events such as the Career and Development Days.

Christopher Tremlett

Christopher Tremlett

Hello, Bonjour, Hola! My name is Christopher and I am a 3rd year bachelor student in International Business. Lately, during my free time I have been cycling a lot, trading stocks and hanging out with my neighbours. In the months to come, I will have as a sole purpose to pursue change and improve students' experience at the SBE. To be able to do so, issues such as mental health, transparency and sustainability will be tackled. I believe that with your help we have a fighting chance to move the SBE towards a more sustainable and socially responsible faculty.