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Alumni Newsletter No. 17 September 2010


Alumni news & careers

ISS alumna has passed away


We were very sorry to hear from her fellow classmates that two weeks ago ISS alumna Lucy Gakii Kirimi (MA Agricultural and Rural Development 2000/2001) has passed away. Lucy, from Kenya, was buried at her father's home in Meru.


ISS was also informed that last year alumnus Kaviraj Rajnethre Mudhoo (also known as Raj Mudhoo), Secretary of Home Affairs in Mauritius, died suddenly at the age of 60. He was given a State Funeral. Mudhoo, who studied MDS Public Policy and Administration in 1983, spent his whole career in the public service, starting at the bottom of the ladder in the early 1970s and climbing to the higher echelons of the service where he became permanent secretary, Senior Chief Executive Officer and Secretary for Home Affairs. He contributed significantly to the restructuring the civil service in Mauritius.

Jobs and fellowship possibilities

Are you looking for resources for further training after ISS? This website may be interesting: http://cambodiajobs.blogspot.com/. It gives a huge list of funding possibilities, in special areas, in special regions and/or for specific institutes. They can send you alerts for all new funding possibilities. The site also has a section on jobs. For important databases with current jobs in development, please check also http://www.iss.nl/Alumni/Vacancies

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ISS news

ISS in Indonesia

ISS will participate in education fairs in Yokyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta. Mrs. Wieke Blaauw, deputy Academic Registrar of ISS, will be visiting Indonesia. On Saturday 9 October 2010 an alumni event for ISS alumni as well as Erasmus University alumni will be organised in Jakarta. Further details are on our website now.

The dates of the fairs, where you are more than welcome to visit us, are:
Yokyakarta: 5 October 2010 (Holland Education Fair)
Bandung: 7 October 2010 (Holland Education Fair)
Jakarta: 9 and 10 October 2010 (European Higher Education Fair)

First 'cookbook fellowship' student


Vinita Thomas of India has been awarded a fellowship to study RLGC starting in September 2010. The money for the fellowship has come from the proceeds of the two ISS cookbooks which were produced for the 2002 and 2007 Anniversary celebrations. Copies of the second cookbook are still available.

Your Research Paper online?

In 2008, ISS started publishing MA Research Papers online.

The success of this means we would like to publish the Research Papers written before 2008 as well.To do that we need your explicit approval. If you are happy for us to publish your Research Paper online through the ISS website, please let us know through this link. In return ISS will be happy to send you the PDF file of your Research Paper.

New ISS education programme online!

The new prospectus is now available online now. You can read all about our MA, Doctoral (PhD) and Diploma programmes starting in 2011.

ISS at a glance 2009 is now available.

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It gives a concise overview of the main activities in 2009 and serves as a general brochure for ISS. Download your copy of ISS at a Glance 2009

ISS staff

We are happy to welcome several new staff members - Professor Leo de Haan, the new Rector of ISS, Wim Geppaart as head of financial administration (ORM) and Paul Huber has joined ORPAS as Project Research Officer. ISS also has a new executive secretary - Linda Johnson who replaced Inge van Verschuer.

A number of staff has left in recent months too: ORPAS project officer Frances Morris, Faroel Ibrahim from the Finance Office, Maureen Koster from the PhD office and Senior Lecturer in Rural Development, Environment and Population Studies, Kristin Komives.

Award for Martin Blok


ISS Welfare Officer, Martin Blok won the Dutchversity Award which is presented to people who make a positive contribution to diversity. In Martin's case it was presented for his work at ISS with the Worldschool and other projects involving ISS students, but also for his work outside ISS such as the sports and music projects he organizes for children from different backgrounds in his home city of Rotterdam.

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Alumni meetings

Over 35 ISS alumni attended that the alumni gathering in Lusaka, Zambia, on Monday 2 August 2010. The great evening was hosted by ISS' Ria Brouwers. Three staff members of the Netherlands embassy, including the Ambassador mr. Harry Molenaar, attended as well. Picture and information are on http://www.facebook.com/issalumni#!/photo.php?pid=6040227&id=582877974&ref=fbx_album

Dutch students and alumni get-together in Shanghai

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The Netherlands Alumni Network China (NANC) is organising a get-together on 18 September at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in the VIP crown of the Dutch pavilion. Although the online registration is closed, you can still attend the event if you are at the Expo on that day.NANC is part of Nuffic Neso China and the Nuffic Holland Alumni network. This event is co-organized with the Netherlands embassy and the Consulate General Shanghai.

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New publications

PhD student publication


‘Participation for What: Social Change or Social Control?” (ISS, 2010) is entirely produced by past and present ISS PhD students. Articles were selected from the contributions for the Development Dialogue, which was held at ISS in 2008 (with the generous support of Oxfam-Novib). The book will soon be available for downloading under a Creative Commons license on the website of the Civil Society Building Knowledge Programme: www.hivos.net

An overview of the books that were recently published by ISS staff and (former) students is available on our website

You can subscribe to ISS' free email notification service for the ISS Working Paper Series. Just supply your email address and you will receive a message each time a new issue is published, including the abstract and the link to the online version.

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Other news

EADI Research - featuring research findings by EADI members


The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) has a completely redesigned and improved research website aimed at giving researchers easy access to working papers, policy briefs and publications by EADI members. It also features results from research projects led by EADI and members. Several dossiers and a monthly research monitor provide the visitor with recent research findings on selected development issues. Publications are provided in English, French, Spanish and German.http://www.eadi.org/research

GDNI deadlines extended


Deadlines for submission of applications for the 2010 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition have now been extended

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Join the ISS alumni groups on Facebook and Linkedin

Are we connected through Facebook and/or Linkedin yet? Nearly 2,000 ISS alumni have joined the group in Facebook while over 700 ISS alumni are in the Linkedin group. In these social networks you will definitely find some of your schoolmates and of course ISS news for alumni. If you have nog registered yet, please join today! Those of you who like Twitter can find ISS there as well.

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Your contact details!

Are you sure that ISS has the right email address and your current address? As we are planning a mailing for all alumni later this year, we would very much appreciate to receive your updated details. Please send it to alumni@remove-this.iss.nl

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