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Prof. Lino Briguglio's Speech to World Bank Officials

Professor Lino Briguglio, Director of the Islands and Small States Institute, was invited to address World Bank officials through video conference, on the theme Small Island States, Resilience and Competitiveness.

The speech, which took place on Thursday 29 January, was followed by a discussion.

The main message of the speech was that good economic governance is especially important for a country highly exposed to external shocks, as many small states are (including Malta). Studies on economic resilience, are very often associated with the University of Malta through the research work of Professor Briguglio. 

The objective of the speech was to discuss the relationship between economic resilience and economic competitiveness with special reference to small states. Economic resilience and economic competitiveness are generally used to indicate economic success whereby resilience refers to the ability of an economy to withstand or reduce the harm associated with external shocks and competitiveness, with the ability of an economy to survive in a productivity contest with other economies.

Prof. Briguglio showed that there is a close relationship between the two terms, not only because they are both suggestive of economic success but also because they are both underpinned by good economic governance. Prof. Briguglio showed also that in spite of their special constraints, a number of small states perform well economically and register relatively high economic resilience and competitiveness scores on the respective indices.

He further argued that that these states can serve as models for other small states who aspire to improve the economic governance.  





29 January 2015

Prof. Carmel Borg Delivers Keynote Speech in Chile

Around three hundred delegates attended Prof. Carmel Borg’s keynote speech on 10 January, 2015.

The keynote  speech was delivered on the concluding day of a three-day conference focusing on education and poverty. Organised by the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile, the conference was held at the Villarrica Campus of the aforementioned University, in Chile, between 8-10 January.

Prof. Borg’s speech was titled Critical Literacy through Authentic Dialogues with the Poor – Liberatory Education for Transformation. 

On Sabbatical, Prof. Borg is delivering several keynote speeches across continents.

His next keynote speech is in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will focus on authentic democracy, parental involvement  and genuine participation in education.  

Prof. Borg is Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies, at the Faculty of Education.  


Prof. Borg addressing delegates at the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile


26 January 2015

Europe's World

Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 100-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.

Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s objective is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of genuine and informed political debates which reach beyond the Brussels village.

To date over 300 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.

Europe’s World’s newly extended website,, is designed to further promote debate on the policy challenges facing Europe. It spans articles and reactions to articles published in Europe’s World, but is not limited to the journal since it also features studies and reports from think tanks throughout Europe.

Its aim is to give readers direct access to the latest in policy thinking across the EU, and encourage visitors to submit their own reports and comment on any of the contributions featured on the website. 


06 November 2009


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