History of Cosmos

The Common Room naturally arose as a living room in “De Bunker” on Thursday October 21st 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. Indre Kalinauskaite elaborates:

“We find it important first and foremost that it is a place where students feel at home, and where there is room for personal initiatives. Everybody is free to organize something, like renting rooms to give a workshop or a lecture. The common room makes it possible for all students to show something about themselves.”


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 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 February 1st 2013, the Common Room moved to the MetaForum building on the TU/e campus. Chairwoman of the 2nd board Jacky Janes adds: “I think there will be more students coming over during the day here than they did when we were still located at the Bunker. We have great facilities, including a kitchen.” 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)

Jacky Janes (Chairwoman)

Thomas Milde (Student Affairs)

Rajiv Jathan (Internal Affairs)

Angeliki Sioliou (External Affairs)


3rd board of Cosmos (2013-2014)

Viktor Bonev (Chairman)

Anqi Li (Student Affairs)

Deni Vangjeli (Internal Affairs)

Adithya Krishnan (External Affairs)

4th board of Cosmos (2014-2015)

Marius Lazauskas (Chairman)

Alan Wever (Student Affairs)

Karolis Paliulis (Internal Affairs)

Dimitra Chantzopoulou (External Affairs)

5th board of Cosmos (2015-2016)

Emilija Lazdanaite (Chairwoman)

David Chen (Student Affairs)

Aishwarya Suresh (Internal Affairs)

Mahsa Nejati (External Affairs)

6th board of Cosmos (2016-2017)

Asaf Kedem (Chairman)

Adrian Yankov (Student Affairs)

Aylin Buyruk (Internal Affairs)

Niels de Jong (External Affairs)

7th board of Cosmos (2017-2018)

Jaqueline "Jackie" Edwards (Chairwoman)

Thijs van Gansewinkel (Treasurer)

Aggariyo "Riyo" Wanagiri (Student Affairs)

Piona Hotakainen (Internal Affairs)

Eetu Närhi (External Affairs)

8th Board of Cosmos (2018-2019)

Bram Mulders (Chairman)
Anas Abu Dhaga (External Affairs)
Gergo Suto (Internal Affairs)
Alice Sibiescu (Secretary)
Teodor Negut (Treasurer)

9th Board of Cosmos (2019-2020)

Jamie Tjong-Ahin (Chairwoman)

Salma Abdelsamie (Secretary)

Annebelle Olminkhof (Treasurer)

Tudor Popescu (Internal Affairs)

Pius Bentgens (External Affairs)