History of Cosmos

The Common Room naturally arose as a living room in “De Bunker” on October 16th 2010 by a diverse group of TU/e international students. International students back at that time realized there was a lack of places of social interaction for them and also it was relatively difficult to integrate in the Dutch student culture. The lack of dormitories as a shared living experience sparked the willingness to create something new and inspiring for the international student community. The early Common Room hosted game nights, music jamsessions, and sitcom nights on a regular basis.


Later in 2012, two of the founding students, Indre Kalinauskaite and Sissy Böttcher (at the time TU/e students) proposed to the university to establish an international student association. The proposal got the university’s approval and so the association was recognized internally. This formalization of the efforts of the university, helped the international community of students with their needs. As of the 6th of November 2012, Cosmos is a registered as a non-profit association at the Eindhoven chamber of commerce. As Cosmos existed before this formality, the founding board of Cosmos that started in 2011 is recognised as the first board.


Starting from January 2013, the Common Room moved to the MetaForum building on the TU/e campus. As of now, this is the current home-base for the Cosmos association. Starting September 2017, Cosmos shares the Common Room with AEGEE-Eindhoven.

Boards of Cosmos

A historic overview of the Cosmos boards is given below. The Cosmos board switches officially every year on the first of July. Since the academic year 2017-2018, the Cosmos board consists of five positions instead of four.

1st and 2nd board of Cosmos (2011-2013)

Thomas Milde (Student Affairs)

Angeliki Sioliou (External Affairs)

Jacky Janes (Chairwoman)

Rajiv Jathan (Internal Affairs)

3rd board of Cosmos (2013-2014)

Anqi Li (Student Affairs)

Adithya Krishnan (External Affairs)

Viktor Bonev (Chairman)

Deni Vangjeli (Internal Affairs)

4th board of Cosmos (2014-2015)

Alan Wever (Student Affairs)

Marius Lazauskas (Chairman)

Dimitra Chantzopoulou (External Affairs)

Karolis Paliulis (Internal Affairs)

5th board of Cosmos (2015-2016)

David Chen (Student Affairs)

Mahsa Nejati Namin (External Affairs)

Emilija Lazdanaite (Chairwoman)

Aishwarya Suresh (Internal Affairs)

6th board of Cosmos (2016-2017)

Adrian Yankov (Student Affairs)

Asaf Kedem (Chairman)

Aylin Buyruk (Internal Affairs)

Niels de Jong (External Affairs)

7th board of Cosmos (2017-2018)
  • Piona Hotakainen (Internal Affairs)
  • Thijs van Gansewinkel (Treasurer)
  • Jaqueline "Jackie" Edwards (Chairwoman)
  • Aggariyo "Riyo" Wanagiri (Student Affairs)
  • Eetu Närhi (External Affairs)