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Elections 2024

From 22 April 7:00 hours to 25 April 16:00 hours, you can vote for the university elections. Students and staff will receive an email for this purpose, but voting can also be done via the election app. For our faculty, you can only vote for the student section. 

Which students can I vote for?

I study Crisis and Security Management, Governance of Crisis. I want to be part of the Faculty Council so that I can put forward ideas from fellow students and give the perspective of an international student.

My focal points are:

  1. Enhance the affordability and accessibility of Dutch language courses.
  2. Address and reduce the early-stage segregation between Dutch and international students during orientation week.
  3. Revise the elective course IT system within CSM to ensure fairness, coupled with the initiation of an overview lecture detailing available electives.

Slogan: 'Building Bridges, Not Barriers: For a United Campus and Fair Opportunities!'

My name is Ghali Bahbouhi and I study World Politics, Bachelor of Arts. 

Tired of unjustified 'security' measures? Tired of racism on campus? Done with LU’s support for Genocide in Palestine? Done with the lack of Democracy? Of transparency? Care for students' needs and demands?

So do I! And here is where to vote to impose our student voice on Leiden University’s administration.

In that regard, my first priorities will be:

  1. Demand increased transparency and justifications for the 'security' measures on campus.
  2. Demand concrete measures to end the racism and discrimination upheld by Leiden University and its security department.
  3. Push and support calls for an Academic Boycott of the Israeli genocide state.

Slogan: 'United against Racism, Securitization and Complicity with Genocide'

After a previous year in the Faculty Council (22-23), a year on the board at the B.I.L. (Study Association of Public Administration) (21-22) and a year on the board at the StOP (Study Association Deliberation Platform) (23-24), I am happy to take my seat on the FGGA Faculty Council again next year.
A lot is going well at our faculty and we agree on many issues. Nevertheless, as students, it is important to get actively involved and continue to bring in the student perspective. I like to take the above experience to do this well. 

I like to dedicate myself to a faculty that focuses on its core tasks: education and research, but where it's also okay to have a good time on campus. In addition, policy must be understandable for everyone and new plans are only successful if everyone can join in. And yes, of course I am also in favour of more study places, which is why I would like to see good student participation in the development of the new Spui building.

I am currently in the first year of my Public Administration programme, specialising in Governance, Policy, and Organisation.

In my first year at the university, I found myself in a very uncomfortable position on the The Hague campus. The university, which I had dreamed of attending, turned out to be a place where my opinion was not welcomed or considered valid. Academic dialogues were forbidden, censored, and sometimes even suppressed with violence and intimidation. Meanwhile, our faculty, which is supposed to focus on politics, remained silent about these actions of the university, which I find shameful. Being silent as a political institution of the university, while that same university collaborates with Israeli universities that provide knowledge for weapons used for genocide, where every critical leading professor from those Israeli universities are fired, is simply unacceptable and unworthy of a university. Our faculty must speak out against this political censorship, genocide, and securitisation.

I want to ensure that our faculty takes its responsibility as a political faculty and speaks out against the censorship that occurs. The faculty should start hosting events on all topics the University deems unworthy of public debate, including racism, colonialism, international law, and Palestine. The faculty should also take a stance against anything that makes its students vulnerable to racism, discrimination, and censorship, such as the checking of IDs purely for intimidation and out of fear of protests and political opinions. Additionally if I get elected I will do everything it takes to make the faculty speak out against the collaboration with Israeli universities and immediately halts all projects with Israeli universities and the Fossil Fuel industry so that we don’t feel ashamed anymore to attend Leiden University.

Slogan: United against Racism, Securitization and Complicity with Genocide

My name is Nehreen Al-Mahmoedi. I have done the master's in Public Administration, track Economics and Governance, and I am now doing the master's in Crisis and Security Management, track Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism. On behalf of the Liberal Student Party, I am the leading candidate for FGGA, where I would like to work on a few things in the Faculty Council. With two studies within the faculty, I have a good idea of what could be improved in FGGA faculty for both studies.

Firstly, I would advocate that review or feedback on exams also become available digitally, so that students who cannot come to review sessions also learn from their mistakes. In addition, I would advocate abolishing the lecture requirement or relaxing the arrangements for it. Furthermore, I think recording and sharing lectures online can add value to the learning process. I also see a crucial function for extracurricular activities such as work-study, internships, board years and committees. The university could play an even more facilitating role in this! The slogan for LSP is therefore 'More than studying'.

Hi everyone,

I’m Nellie, a second-year Security Studies student. Prior to this, I pursued a degree in linguistics and I’m particularly fond of conversing with people in their native languages whenever possible. Learning languages has become somewhat of a passionate hobby for me. I aim to leverage this skill as an asset within the board of the FGGA.

A key focus I for me is advocating for and representing students who face various challenges in succesfully completing their education. This includes, for instance, cognitively gifted individuals, students with AD(H)D, and similiar neuroconditions. These topics are often inadequately represented and receive little attention in practice. I’m keen to explore ways in which our faculty can better support neurodiverse students.

Furthermore, I’m interested in contributing to discussions regarding the effective and transparent allocation of the faculty’s financial resources.

While I don’t have a specific slogan at the moment, I’m driven by a commitment to consider the human aspect in all matters.

What is the Faculty Council?

After the University Council, the Faculty Council is the second highest staff and student body at the University. It acts as an intermediary between the various departments of a faculty. The Faculty Council has the right to approve and advise on various matters concerning the faculty. It also represents students and staff and is a sounding board for the Faculty Board. Faculty councils are composed of student and staff members. Staff members are elected for a term of two years, and students for one year.

Last year, it was possible to vote for the staff and student sections. View the official results.


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