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Honoris Causa: Mr Efthimios E. Mitropoulos

Convocation for the Conferment of
The Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa)
on
Mr Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization

on Saturday, 2 May 2009 at 1000 hrs
at the Church of the University, Valletta.

Click here for the oration by Dr Patricia Mallia.
Click here for the citation.

Honoris Causa - Mitropoulos

Honoris Causa - Mitropoulos

Honoris Causa - Mitropoulos

Honoris Causa - Mitropoulos

 

04 May 2009



Orthodontics

Signing of Agreement between University of Malta and King’s College London
Joint Degree for graduates interested in Orthodontics

An Agreement has been signed today the 30th April between the University of Malta and King’s College London for a Joint Degree for graduates interested in Orthodontics. Rector Prof. Juanito Camilleri signed the Agreement on behalf of the University of Malta (UoM), while Prof. Nairn Wilson, Dean Dental Institute, signed on behalf of King’s College London (KCL).

King’s College London has developed an integrated educational programme with the University of Malta. Candidates on this programme will spend the majority of time in Malta providing care at the new clinical facilities at Mater Dei Hospital and integrate this with the framework of KCL specialist training.

In a typical three year training course, the introductory programmes will be held at KCL Dental Institute. The delivery of the academic education will be through the local staff in Malta and electronic links with KCL. However, the students will also attend King’s College at two other times in preparation for the examinations.
Students shall have access to all electronic libraries of KCL and they shall have regular meetings with supervisors at both universities. Moreover, the students will have access to KLI (King’s Learning Institute) for preparation for a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice for teaching.

Successful completion will be rewarded with an MSc in Orthodontics issued by both Universities. The training is recognised by the Medical Council of Malta and within the European Union as that required for specialist registration in Orthodontics, while the course is recognised to allow the candidates to sit for the Membership in Orthodontic examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Joint Degree for graduates interested in Orthodontics
L to R – Prof. Nairn Wilson Dean Dental Institute KCL and Prof. Juanito Camilleri UoM Rector
Joint Degree for graduates interested in Orthodontics
L to R – Prof. Richard Muscat Pro Rector University of Malta, Prof. Fraser McDonald Head of Orthodontics, Dental Institute King’s College London, Prof. Nairn Wilson Dean Dental Institute KCL, Prof. Juanito Camilleri UoM Rector, Dr Simon Camilleri Dean UoM Faculty of Dental Surgery, Dr Alexander Azzopardi Chairman Dental Surgery Department Mater Dei Hospital and Prof. John Portelli Former Dean of the UoM Faculty of Dental Surgery

 

30 April 2009



Arts Dean’s List

The Faculty of Arts Dean’s List award ceremony was held on Wednesday 29 April 2009. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. D. Fenech presented the awards to the following students, in the presence of Prof. Juanito Camilleri, University Rector:

  • Mr Joseph Anthony Debono (B.A. Hons Classics)
  • Ms Olivia Debrincat (B.A. Hons Italian)
  • Mr Christian Kemp (B.A. Hons Sociology)
Prof. Fenech congratulated the three students and explained how the very stringent conditions of the Dean's List allows only the very best to feature in this prestigious list. In fact, only students who achieve A grades in at least 80 credits during the first two years of their course, without any fails or re-sits, can be included in the List. The students must also be recommended by the Head of Department in consultation with other tutors for inclusion in the Dean’s list.

The Faculty of Arts would like to publicly thank the Bank of Valletta for sponsoring the event.

Arts Dean's List

from left to right: Prof. D. Fenech, Dean, Faculty of Arts; Mr Odilon Scerri, Manager BOV; Ms Olivia Debrincat; Mr Christian Kemp; Prof. Juanito Camilleri, University Rector and Mr Joseph Anthony Debono.

 

30 April 2009



Honoris Causa - Mr Efthimios E. Mitropoulos

Convocation for the Conferment of
The Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa)
on
Mr Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization

on Saturday, 2 May 2009 at 1000hrs
at the Church of the University, Valletta.
The Chancellor will preside.

The Academic Body and the Honorary Graduand leaves the Old University Building at 0945hrs.

Click here for information on Mr Mitropoulos.

 

30 April 2009



EDRC now Member of TEPSA

The European Documentation and Research Centre was recently admitted as a member of TEPSA, the Trans European Policy Studies Association. TEPSA was established in 1974 and comprises leading research institutes in the field of European affairs from across Europe, with an office in Brussels.  As stated by TEPSA itself, 'with its decentralized approach, TEPSA combines the strengths of its members and enriches the results of their work. TEPSA exemplifies the "bottom-up" approach to European governance, and contributes to the EU’s dialogue with citizens.'

TEPSA's research areas cover the full range of European studies with particular emphasis on institutional issues and democracy as well as enlargement and foreign policy.  Of particular interest is the network's framework contract with the European Parliament where TEPSA members provide briefings and studies to the European Parliament. The full range of briefing notes and studies, as well as additional publications issued by TEPSA, can be accessed from their website.

As the only representative from a Maltese institution on the TEPSA Board, the EDRC welcomes all interest in this network and is willing to extend all cooperation to those who wish to contribute to the network.

 

30 April 2009



Signature of Agreement on Cooperation

Signature of Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait and the University of Malta

The signature of the agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Higher Educaiton in Kuwait and the University of Malta took place on the 27th April 2009 at the Aula Magna of the University of Malta. The Rector of the University, Prof. Juanito Camilleri signed the agreement on behalf of the University of Malta, whilst Dr Fayez Al-Kandari, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Kuwait in Paris signed on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education of the State of Kuwait.

The Signature of this Agreement comes at a stage where the University of Malta is hosting over sixty Kuwaiti students whose studies are being funded through the Scholarship Programme of the Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait. The University of Malta has been receiving students through this prestigious scholarship programme for the last eight years and should see the first Kuwaiti Scholarship students graduating at the end of the current academic year.

This step concretises the relationship that has been established between the University and the State of Kuwait and looks towards the further development of this fruitful collaboration. The agreement provides for the allocation of sixty five places annually for Kuwaiti students selected from this scholarship Programme and also proposes joint collaboration for exchange of information and research, mobility of academics and researchers.

This is a sign of trust in the extensive support structure that the University of Malta has put in place for international students and also specifically for the Kuwaiti students – structures that focus on academic, social, welfare and administrative needs of the students. The University is committed to helping these students integrate into its academic and social fabric.

Out of the sixty students who are currently studying at the University, a total of sixteen students are reading for a degree in Medicine and Surgery, six students are reading for a degree in Dental Surgery, fourteen students are following the one year Medical Foundation Programme, two students are following the Foundation Studies Programme for preparation in Architecture and Civil Engineering, whilst a further twenty-two students are currently following English Language Courses at the International School of Languages. Upon successful completion of this course, the latter students will be enrolling for Foundation Studies Courses in October 2009 and will then proceed to read for Degrees in Medicine, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering and Computer Studies.


Kuwait and the University of Malta
Professor Juanito Camilleri and Dr Fayez Al Kandari following the signature of the agreement.

Kuwait and the University of Malta
Professor Juanito Camilleri viewing the exhibition on Kuwait set up by the students.

27.04.2009

 

28 April 2009



Book Presentation

Presentation of Book by the English-Speaking Union to University Rector

Mr Martin Scicluna, Chairman of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) Malta Branch Steering Committee and Dr Michael Refalo, who set the ball rolling for the establishment of an English-Speaking Union Malta Branch, called on University of Malta Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri and presented him with a copy of Stanley Wells's work 'Shakespeare for All Times'. The book is a gift to the University of Malta from Mrs Valerie Mitchell, the English-Speaking Union's Director General.

Stanley Wells is a renowned authority on Shakespeare and currently putting the finishing touches to a definitive study on the Bard's true likeness. Mr Wells has accepted the Steering Committee's invitation to give a series of lectures in Malta later this year.

Mr Scicluna and Dr Refalo put forward the Steering Committee's willingness to assist the University set up a debating society. ESU expert James Probert will be visiting Malta early next week to hold workshops for academics, University and secondary school senior students on debate organisation and development of debating skills.

 Presentation of Book by the English-Speaking Union to University Rector
from left to right: Mr Anthony Mangion, University of Malta Director Library Services, Dr Michael Refalo, University of Malta Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri, Mr Martin Scicluna and Professor Ivan Callus, Head of the University of Malta Department of English and member of the ESU Steering Committee

 

 

28 April 2009



Honoris Causa - Mr Ban Ki-moon (Photo Gallery)

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Convocation for the Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) on Mr Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Honoris Causa - Ban Ki-moon

Click here to see more photos. intranet

 

24 April 2009



University of Malta Academic Member of Staff’s Link to Apollo 17

This week’s visit and lectures at the University of Malta by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, former NASA astronaut and one of the last two men to set foot on the moon, has revived fond memories for an academic member of staff at the University. When Dr Robert M. Borg, currently Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, was just 16 years old, he was treated to an adventure that was closely connected with Senator Schmitt’s Apollo 17 lunar journey. It was December 1972, and to mark the last expedition to the moon, NASA had organised an "International Youth Science Tour" (IYST), where a science student from every country in the world was invited to visit various NASA and other scientific facilities in the United States. A local selection committee was set up under the auspices of the Education Department, and Prof. Borg (then simply Robert M. Borg, a student at the Junior College which at the time was run by the Royal University of Malta) was shortlisted and eventually chosen to represent Malta. He left Malta on December 1st 1972 to join students from more than 70 other countries in Washington DC.

The tour was organised to run concurrently with the Apollo 17 mission. Indeed the first (and most exciting) highlight of the trip was being present at the live night time launch of Apollo 17 at Cape Kennedy. It was an awesome fiery and earth-shaking experience that none of the students would ever forget. This was followed by quieter, but equally memorable occasions, such as meeting Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins, as well as other NASA personalities. They also toured facilities such as the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Whilst at the Manned Spacecraft Center, the students were able to watch a live transmission of a moonwalk by astronauts Schmitt and Eugene A. Cernan. During the session, Cernan picked up a moon rock which he dedicated to all the participating students' countries. In fact, a fragment of the rock was eventually sent as a gift to all participating countries' Governments. Prof. Borg had been invited to the presentation ceremony, where he was named honorary custodian of the moon rock by the then US Ambassador John I. Getz. Sadly, the moon rock was stolen from the Museum of Natural History in Mdina in 2004. Prof. Borg hopes that Senator Schmitt's visit will also serve as a reminder to the authorities that the crime is still unsolved, and provide impetus to recover the pea-sized priceless relic which was a unique gift from the United States to the people of Malta and Gozo.

The IYST was a major factor in determining that Prof. Borg, like many of the other students, embarked on a scientific academic career, and he has been grateful to NASA and the US Government ever since. He was looking forward to meeting with Senator Schmitt personally this time.

University of Malta Academic Member of Staff’s Link to Apollo 17

 

24 April 2009



Sixth James Madison University Summer School

The Institute of Health Care in collaboration with the Foundation for International Studies Ltd will be hosting the sixth James Madison University Summer School from 13 May to 8 June 2009. 

The main focus of this Summer School is Type 1 Diabetes, Nutrition, Obesity, Dementia, Mental Health, Perinatal Mental Health and  Parenthood. The group of fifteen students, coming from various healthcare disciplines, will be accompanied by their tutors Professor Judith Townsend Rocchioccoli, Professor Eric Blumensen and Professor Karen Jagiello. These students will attend various lectures given by local experts in the subject areas and go to on-site visits to Mater Dei Hospital and IHC Labs and will be preparing projects on key subjects which will be co-ordinated by the Director, Dr Sandra Buttigieg. Further to this, the students will also attend a cultural programme co-ordinated by Ms Celine Farrugia, International Programmes Manager. The programme includes various lectures on the history and culture of Malta as well as a number of field trips around Malta and Gozo. 

 

24 April 2009



 

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