Graduate School of Social Sciences

Orientation programme new GSSS students - 1 September 2016

Graduate School of Social Sciences

8 July 2016

On Thursday 1 September from 15:00-17:00, the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) officially welcomes the new students starting a Master's, preparatory or exchange programme as of September 2016.

Mark Rutgers

The ceremony will be opened with an official word of welcome by Prof. Mark Rutgers, director of the GSSS, followed by a key note speech of Dr Hein de Haas. The speech is titled Human migration: Myths and Facts

The ceremony will be followed by drinks. All new students are cordially invited to attend!

Hein de Haas

Hein de Haas

A small taster for the key note speech

"Behind the headlines: investigating the drivers and impacts of global migration"

"Myths, hysteria, panic. As the migrant and refugee crisis has reached fever pitch in recent months, so has political and media fear-mongering, but what are the facts behind the headlines? Hear from Professor Hein de Haas on what drives migration, whether the current crisis could have been avoided with different policies, and what practical solutions politicians could be implementing."

Prof. Hein de Haas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and former director of the International Migration Institute at Oxford University.

Programme orientation meeting 

Some programmes have an (obligatory) practical orientation meeting after the general kick off or in the first week of the academic year. For the specific time and location of the practical orientation meeting of your Master’s programme, please visit your programme website at

Skills courses

At the start of the semester, the GSSS offers the following skills courses to new students:

Study Skills Workshops 

The Service and Information Centre organises workshops about the Dutch education system. Various study methods and study skills such as academic reading, concentrating, time management and planning will be addressed. For more information please contact the Service and Information Centre and see the events list.

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