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 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 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)

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)