U.S. Ambassador, Rector Announce Renewal of Fulbright Agreement U.S. Ambassador Kathryn Proffitt and University Rector Roger Ellul Micallef jointly announced Wednesday, the extension of the Fulbright agreement between the United States and Malta.

"I am very pleased that the Fulbright program will continue in Malta," said Ambassador Proffitt, who visited the university and appeared with the Rector at the University library.  "Through the years, the program has brought American scholars to Malta and helped send Maltese academics to the United States for research.  These exchanges have resulted in long-term linkages and we need to continue to build on this legacy."

In addition, the Ambassador donated a collection of books to the University Library.   She also was shown the new facilities for the "Let Me Learn" Program by the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Mark Borg, and Dr. Joseph Mifsud, the head of the Department of Elementary Education.

"Let Me Learn," was developed by Dr. Christine Johnston at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and the University of Malta and Rowan have had a formal linkage for the past two years.

"The Rowan University linkage is just one of many productive relationships between the University of Malta and American Universities," noted Ambassador Proffitt.   "For example, the South Texas Law School will be holding a course here later this month and in June some 60 students from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois will be here for courses.

"In many instances, it has been the exchange of Fulbright scholars that has led to these linkage arrangements," said the Ambassador.

The Fulbright Program has, over more than 30 years in Malta, brought American professors to the University of Malta.   This year, three American professors in computer engineers, archaeology, and management came for one-week lecture tours under the Fulbright program.  This summer, six professors from the University of Malta will receive grants to help them do research in the United States.

In addition, Dr. Anne MacRae, a professor of occupational therapy from San Jose State University in California, will return to the Institute of Health Care in July to support the new four- year degree course in occupational therapy.  Dr. MacRae was in Malta in the spring of 1997 under Fulbright and has returned under special Fulbright funding.

The donated books included 31 titles, worth LM650, will support the business and communications departments as well as American Studies.

For more information please contact Keith Peterson or Anna Demanuele at the American Center at 241-240.

17 May 2000