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.

Ruben Backx

Ruben Backx

My name is Ruben and I’m a third year at UCM studying international relations and economics. Previously, I was the Treasurer and Vice-President of UCM’s study association. Now, I hope to use my experience and voice to represent you on the Faculty Council. I want to empower the UM2030 Task Force for Sustainability to push for more positive change, ensure both student and staff wellbeing is considered at the decision-making level, and to provide further support for UM students in all housing-related issues. Together with your vote, I hope to make UM a better university for all!

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 the priorities in the Faculty Council. Further, every student should have access to affordable housing. FSE 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 :)

Manuel Ntsoumou

Manuel Ntsoumou

I’m Manu! I am studying a funky mix of international relations and globalisation at UCM. I enjoy going for walks and relaxing in parks. In the past, I was president on UCM's study association. I mainly focused on student wellbeing, the need for more transparency in the university’s internal functioning, and  the importance diversity and inclusivity play in creating a truly international environment. I am currently working on creating a FSE association to create more opportunities for students, alumni, and employers. 

Together with KAN and your help, I would like to continue focussing on these issues on a faculty level. 

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.

Mara Hermse

Mara Hermse

My name is Mara, a first year student  studying technology and economics at UCM. In my free time I love to be active in theater, cook or go on hikes with friends. I want to focus on communication, digitalisation and representation. Further, I want to foster digitalisation and innovation to create a university where we can connect and grow with the global world. Lastly I think UM needs to make steps forward regarding the representation of international students, this means supporting them, representing the global world so that we together KAN make a difference.

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.

Inga Schöyen

Inga Schöyen

My name is Inga and I want to be your representative in the faculty council. I am studying at MSP and mostly focus on physics and neuroscience. For the past year, I have been your student representative, dealing with the challenges brought on by the pandemic and online education. Despite these challenges, the other KAN representatives and I also created a sustainability strategy and are working on a well-being strategy as well as a digitalisation strategy for FSE. I want to continue this work and help bring together the different programmes to create one sustainable FSE community

Fiona Harris

Fiona Harris

Hello, beautiful people! I’m a nature nut in my second year at MSP. I’m a fan of mycology (think mushrooms), tree-climbing, and tree-hugging… and I frequently combine those last two along with joyful *rainy* hikes. I’ve worked in nature education, trail maintenance, and environmental activism, and I’d love to be a biology educator when I’m all big and grown.

In light of the global climate crisis, sustainability should be a central priority for UM. I’m certain that KAN will work to integrate green practices at all levels of our school and make UM a model for sustainability at educational institutions. 

Freddy Leppert

Freddy Leppert

I’m Freddy, a third year UCM student focusing on international relations. Throughout my University Council work, I have closely collaborated with Universalis (UCM’s study association) and the FSE faculty council. The faculty level is so essential to implement sustainability and student wellbeing. Another large issue at FSE is the communication between the faculty and the programmes, especially with UCM.  Together with KAN, I want to tackle these issues and improve the sustainability, student wellbeing and communication structures at FSE. 

Alexander Walla

Alexander Walla

I’m a UCM student, and I enjoy Hiking and Skiing. I support KAN because of our focus on Social Responsibility, Education for the Future and well-being. UM has to realise they are a key actor in science and society. Our Education must deal with the issues of our time. I want to lobby for sustainability-related degrees and courses. Both student and staff wellbeing is vital. Hence, I became active in the UCM Meditation Committee and re-starting the Excursion Committee. I want to help in incorporating wellbeing-related activities into the university’s framework. Help me make our university a better place. ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿