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Robert Suban at the European Commission’s Roundtable

Robert Suban gives a presentation at the European Commission’s Roundtable discussion

Robert Suban was recently invited by the European Commission Representation in Malta to participate in the Roundtable discussion on the 2014 Country-Specific Recommendations for Malta. He was invited as an expert to give a presentation on alternative financing mechanisms to debt financing of Maltese companies. His presentation reviewed the various financing mechanisms already existing outlining best practices and suggesting areas for improving access to finance for Maltese companies. These were discussed by the European Commission’s experts and local stakeholders.

Mr Robert Suban is a full time lecturer within the Department of Banking & Finance of the University of Malta.


14 July 2014

Termbase Digitisation Project

In 2013, the Department of Translation, Terminology & Interpreting Studies was awarded funds from the University Research Fund for its Termbase Digitisation Project. The project is co-ordinated by Dr Sergio Portelli, a Senior Lecturer of the Department, and consists of the digitisation of bilingual termbases compiled by former students of the Department as part of their Masters dissertation. The aim of the ongoing project is to make these termbases freely accessible in SDL Multiterm format to translators and other language users both locally and abroad.

The project aims at converting all English-Maltese terminology glossaries produced by students for their Masters Course in Translation and Terminology Studies. The glossaries, produced over a 10-year period are uploaded to MTDB (Multiterm format) for use with SDL Trados Studio 2011, the standard Translation Memory Software used by the translation industry worldwide. The scope is to make available to Maltese translators the vast terminological research produced at the University of Malta. 

The termbases available to-date are the following:
1. Neurology (Newroloġija) by Paul Delmar (2012)
2. Genetics (Ġenetika) by Reuben Degiorgio (2010)

For access to the termbases, click


17 July 2014

University of Malta Lecturer on track for SNEB Presidency

Dr Suzanne Piscopo recently returned from the US where she took on the role of President-Elect of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour. SNEB is the premiere international association fostering quality research and effective practice in the field of nutrition education and nutrition behaviour change.

In her new role Dr Piscopo will assist in developing and directing policy for the organisation, as well as plan the 2015 Annual Meeting. In July 2015 she will then step into the role of President; the first non-North American to occupy this post. 

Earlier this year Dr Suzanne Piscopo was also among the first group of Europeans to receive the credential of European Health Promotion Practitioner from the International Union for Health Promotion and Health Education. Her goal is to help other local graduates obtain this credential through following a prescribed set of undergraduate and graduate courses.

Dr Piscopo is a Nutrition, Family and Consumer Studies Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta and active in schools and in the community in promoting healthy, sustainable lifestyles. She is the author of a series of children’s stories with an educational theme and co-developer with her husband Michael of the very popular fictional character Fonzu l-Fenek who uses multiple channels to teach young children about healthy, sustainable living (see

Dr Piscopo started her career as Home Economics teacher, then pursued further studies in Canada and England in Health Promotion, Community Nutrition and Food Sociology. She is a Registered Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society (UK) and co-founder of the local ‘Home Economists in Action’. 

Suzanne Piscopo
Suzanne Piscopo (left) with other international SNEB members at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee

Suzanne Piscopo
from left to right - Dr Kendra Kettleman, SNEB President, Jackie Williams, Exec Director, Dr Joanne Ikeda, Outgoing President, and Dr Suzanne Piscopo, President Elect.


15 July 2014

Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa

Paul M. Clough, Professor of Anthropology from the University of Malta’s Faculty of Arts, has issued the book Morality and Economic Growth in Rural West Africa, published by Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford.  

This economic ethnography of Islam in West Africa should interest anyone concerned with the interface between global economy and local society.
Gavin Williams, from Oxford University, had only words of praise for the publication. He is quoted as saying that this is a remarkable book with field work of extraordinary richness. Williams states that the study is meticulous in its attention to detail and sensitive to the people whom he (Paul Clough) is studying. 'The statistical material is richer, more extensive, better grounded, and thus more accurate in its measurements than in any other West African study of which I am aware. The concept which binds the study, "non-capitalist accumulation", is distinctive and original and will make a new and valuable contribution to future research of rural societies', he said.  
Michael Bollig, from the University of Cologne, agrees that 'The [author’s] period of fieldwork results in an amazingly dense description of economic processes. Quantitative and qualitative data is analysed and presented in a fascinating manner. The chapters on money lending, on labour relations and on trade I rate superb… the theoretical analysis and modeling is highly significant and important.'  
Click here for the flyer (50% discount until 31 July) and here for details about this new publication on the Berghahn website.  


18 July 2014

The Edward de Bono Institute Joins ThinkCIQ

The Edward de Bono Institute joins ThinkCIQ: India’s Creativity and Intelligences Quest

Dr Leonie Baldacchino, Director of the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, recently addressed a conference in Bangalore, India, entitled 'ThinkCIQ: Creativity and Intelligences Quest'. This conference, which took place over three days from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 July at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, marked the inauguration of a new initiative which aims to foster thinking and nurture talents among young people in India. 'Young people are a country’s greatest resource', explains Dr Baldacchino, 'and each country should nurture and prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the future. In a system that is inevitably preparing children for jobs that do not yet exist or that may be obsolete by the time they finish school, what they really need is to learn how to think, adapt, and recognise opportunities. This requires the development of creative and entrepreneurial mindsets'. 

Dr Baldacchino delivered a keynote speech and participated in panel discussions on thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship alongside other internationally acclaimed speakers including Dr Sumantra Chaterjee from the Centre for Brain Development and Repair in Bangalore, Professor David Yun Dai from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and Mr Peter Hall Jones from The Curriculum Foundation in the UK. In addition to the ThinkCIQ conference, which is planned to take place on an annual basis, this initiative includes a new quarterly journal and an online interactive portal where educators, parents, children and other stakeholders can share their ideas on how to foster thinking and nurture talents (

Dr Baldacchino’s participation in this event was brought about through the close collaboration that the University of Malta has developed with GEAR Foundation led by Dr M Srinivasan, Chairman of GEAR Innovative International School in Bangalore and co-founder of ThinkCIQ. Her visit was coordinated by the University of Malta’s International and EU Office and she was accompanied by Ms Megha Srivastav, the University of Malta’s Head of Operations in India.  Plans are underway for the Edward de Bono Institute to contribute further to the ThinkCIQ initiative by means of a workshop for Indian principals and heads of schools on fostering creativity and entrepreneurship through education. The Edward de Bono Institute currently offers a Master in Creativity and Innovation at the University of Malta (full-time and part-time options are available) as well as an online International MSc in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation in collaboration with the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the University of Turku (Finland).  

For further information please visit or send an email.

Panel discussion (right to left): Dr Leonie Baldacchino, Prof. David Yun Dai, Mr Peter Hall, Dr M. Srinvasan, and a parent representative from the audience


25 July 2014

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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