Orientation Programme for International Students 1999 At the end of September, some 200 new international students took part in a three-day orientation programme to introduce them to life on campus. They participated in talks, cultural tours and leisure events organised by the International Office with the help of the Kunsill Studenti Universitariji (KSU); the Malta International Students Association; the National Students Travel Foundation and the National Tourism Authority.

During Orientation, the International Office actively encouraged the participation of the Maltese students who advised the freshers and took them on tours of campus. The programme dealt with important issues for every new student such as the Library; academic proceduces; counselling and other services. The freshers enjoyed lunch at the NSTS Acquacentre Tigne and took part in fun activities which served as ice-breakers to help them to get to know each other. They also went on tour of Valletta and Mdina. The programme was rounded off by a well-attended welcome party at the University Bistro.

The international students now number some 450 and hail from 78 different countries. The most popular courses are B.Com. and BA. but they are present in almost every Faculty and Institute in the University. Around 20 per cent are postgraduate students studying for Masters of Ph.D. degrees.

Communications Office
21 October 1999