Memorandum of Understanding with Scarman Centre
Criminology in Malta During a recent visit, Dr Andrew Willis, Senior Lecturer at the Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, UK and Ms Jacqueline Azzopardi, Director of the Institute of Forensic Studies at the University of Malta, agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote criminological teaching and research links between the two departments.  The Scarman Centre is the UKÝs leading Institute for the study of crime, criminal justice and policing, security and risk management, and risk crisis and disaster management.  It has over 700 Masters-level students studying either at Leicester or worldwide by distance learning.  The Institute of Forensic Studies, University of Malta conducts research in criminology and forensic sciences.  It also offers courses in criminology and criminal justice, with special provision for criminal justice personnel such as police inspectors and probation officers.

Dr Andrew Willis is particularly involved in the officer cadet training programme.  He commented "it is a pleasure to be associated with the police cadet programme, leading to the University of Malta award of the Certificate in Policing.  It allows police officers to add an academic dimension to their professional profile.  It combines high quality police training with academic excellence.  The officers will now be better equipped to face the challenges of policing in the 21st century.  The people of Malta will be the real beneficiaries ? better policing is in the interests of the wider community."  Ms Jacqueline Azzopardi added, in relation to the Memorandum of Understanding: "This is an exciting development.  The Scarman Centre in the UK and the Institute of Forensic Studies in Malta have both got national reputation in relation to crime, criminal justice and policing.  It is more than appropriate for both institutions to seek to broaden and deepen their links - and the Memorandum of Understanding will help to make this happen.  We look forward to further collaboration in respect of teaching and research."

In the forthcoming academic year, the University of Malta will be offering a Certificate in Criminology which is a 2-year, part-time evening course possibly continuing to a BA in criminology (5 years).  This course offers an introduction to the field of criminology and criminal justice.  Candidates should possess the general entry requirements of the University, however candidates above the age of 23 may be eligible under the maturity clause. There will also be a Diploma in Probation Services which is a 1-year, full-time, post-qualification course leading to a Diploma in Probation.  The course offers a comprehensive theoretical and practical approach to the understanding of the various aspects of probation services.  In addition to the general entry requirements of the University, applicants should have a social science or a related human-service Diploma or Degree.  Substantial professional qualifications will also be considered.

Applications will be received at the M.A. Vassalli Lecture Centre, University of Malta on the 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st July 2001, between 8:30am and 12:30pm.  There will only be ONE call.  For further information, contact the Institute of Forensic Studies on Tel. No: 346016, 3290 2771, 3290 2041/2.

8 July, 2001