by Andrew Borg Wirth, former Vice-President, KSU
Let us not allow our size to hold us back - I would like to remind you that the student representative council at the University is amongst the oldest in Europe, as it has been in office since 1901. KSU is a relevant and important part of this institution, representing almost 12,000 students. In its structure, KSU elevates the students’ voice, an integral part of the consultation process that leads to the release of the opinion of the student body. My time in KSU has also come to an end this year, however together with a team of 12 other students a clear vision for the exploitation of potential of all students who call this campus home, and for the absolute abolition of the perception there is of apathy on campus, was what took us forward in this representative journey. This was done with the support of a number of this country's leaders, who supported us and were part of the work we did. I cannot but mention our greatest collaborator these past two years, her Excellency the President of the country. This collaboration helped offer visibility to students and the contribution they sought to make to society. I challenge unequivocally the criticism we have received a number of times, by individuals who find that we are irrelevant, or that the contribution students have to make in society, is limited, at best. I do, understand that it is difficult to win over everyone's support, however I definitely believe this criticism is an essential part of what we do. Students and academics should not allow such criticism to dishearten the work that we do, but rather acknowledge the importance this has in the development of the University's community.
The past years as a member of KSU's executive and student at this University, have been undoubtedly aided by the Rector, Professor Camilleri, whose vision was well-invested in a future that is bright, for this University. The masterplan he has explained to us on numerous occasions exposes his desire to leave a University stronger than that at the start of his term, a quality I have learnt to admire in these recent years. The rector was never a distant or unapproachable figure, but rather his office was always a place we were welcome at, to discuss new plans or propose opportunities to collaborate. We must have been a headache at times - but Professor Camilleri always found time to lend us an ear. Other essential collaborators were Pro-Rector for Student Affairs Professor Lauri, all other Pro-Rectors, as well as the Registrar and all in their respective offices. It was a pleasure to be a student of a University led by such a team, as they understood how students are the fulcrum of a University and it is their relevance that moves it forward. I would like to praise the way they always heard us out and understood our desire to be an integral part of the development of ideas at this University.
Written by: KSU ex-Vice President Andrew Borg Wirth