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.

Sachi Patil

Sachi Patil

Hoi! I’m Sachi (she/they), a second year International Business student at SBE! I'm a big fan of reading, hydration, and always having something new to do. 

As a Faculty Councillor, I'll prioritise merging the human and environmental sides of sustainability to put YOU in the centre. In other words, I'll focus both on student wellbeing, and UM's social responsibility. Having previous experiences in student councils and advisory boards, I'm confident in my ability to amplify your voice and create the change you want. 

Feel free to contact me or stop me on the street if you want to chat 

Pia Raczkowski

Pia Raczkowski

Hey there! My name is Pia (she/her) and I am a second year International Business student specializing in Emerging Markets. In my free time I like to discover and explore new things such as world views and ideas, art, recipes or sports. I am deeply passionate about giving back to the community whether it is through volunteering or running for faculty council. In order to create change one has to build a new model that makes the existing obsolete. This new model must connect to the Zeitgeist and represent our generation’s challenges including sustainability, diversity, and mental health.

Pamina Liess

Pamina Liess

Hi, I’m Pamina, 22 years old and a first-year bachelor student at SBE. I’ve been interested in sustainability and feminism for a long time, adapting my lifestyle accordingly and influencing my friends to overthink their actions. Naturally, I love spending time outdoors, especially running and hiking. Find me, where you see the sun rise – yes, I’m that person who gets up before everyone else to enjoy the beauty of the first sunrays. I want to share my ideas with you, running with KAN for the SBE council – we need to think sustainably to make this a futureproof faculty!

Kacper Ciepal

Kacper Ciepal

Hello! I’m Kacper, currently doing my masters in Sustainable Finance at SBE. My interests include plants, stock market, water sports and politics. I’ve decided to run for the faculty council because I believe that we need strong university action to solve the housing problem and bring more transparency to sustainability matters. I hope that together we can make Maastricht a more inclusive and student-friendly university. 

Linus Wrigge

Linus Wrigge

Hey everyone! I‘m Linus, 20 years old and a first-year bachelor student at SBE. In my free time I love doing sports, especially basketball and windsurfing. I am very passionate about sustainability and the wellbeing of students here at UM, which is why I want to improve and fight for these topics running for the SBE council with KAN & USM.

Ruben Foerder

Ruben Foerder

I’m Ruben, a third year bachelor student at SBE studying Economics and Business Economics. Favorite animal(s) at the moment are otters or mini lop bunnies. In my free time apart from studying, I enjoy anything nature related such as hiking, camping or skiing. My love for nature and sustainability is what brought me to KAN Party. Together with the other Kan Party members I plan to positively influence the transition to a more sustainable future and ultimately hope to assist Maastricht to reach their ambitious goal of carbon neutrality.

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 toward 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!

Enrico Cirieco

Enrico Cirieco

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.