Student Initiative Helpdesk: a wealth of information and helpful advice

Starting or running a student initiative as an international isn’t always easy. Especially for those who don’t speak the language, navigating official documents and systems can prove difficult. The Student Initiative Helpdesk supports students of Maastricht University who are involved in student associations or other initiatives. One of these students is Yassin Raklami, who is currently doing his major in Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Last March, he joined START, of which he is now the president.

“START is an entrepreneurial student association that promotes entrepreneurship and start-up culture in and around the city. I encountered START at one of their events, and I really liked it. As president, I represent the association to the university and try my best to make it grow.”

“Sometimes it’s difficult to retain knowledge in an international student association because members change every semester. It is very nice to have someone who speaks Dutch and knows their way around systems and organisations in the Netherlands. Jolien from the Student Initiative Helpdesk has been very helpful with that.”

“When we had to register our new board members at the KVK, she helped us out. She was very proactive, quick to help and just very nice. The Helpdesk offers information and advice on how to conduct yourself in an organisation. The interactions with them were really useful and encouraging.”


Text: Letterdesk
Photography: Joris Hilterman

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