Elected Rector for the second time Professor Roger Ellul-Micallef was unanimously re-confirmed Rector of the University of Malta at an extraordinary meeting of the University Council held today.  The voting which took place by secret ballot resulted in 22 out of 22 votes in favour. Four members of the Council were abroad.

He was nominated by no less than thirteen of the twenty-six member Council. Those who proposed him include academic members, non-academic members, student representatives and members of the Council appointed from outside the University. The Rectorship was uncontested.

At the meeting, Professor Ellul-Micallef presented a  document which outlined the University's mission and his vision for the future. He summed up the achievements of the last five years: since 1996, the student body has increased in number by over a thousand and now stands at 7,300 Maltese students and some 400 International Students whose number has increased by over 50%. In the same report, the Rector proposed a 14-point plan which should help the University to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

It was in 1996 that Professor Ellul-Micallef became Rector for the first time after he had been Pro-Rector for the previous five years. He has served in many important positions both in Malta and abroad. During a general meeting of the European Access Network, held at the University of Santiago di Compostela in September 2000, Professor Ellul-Micallef was unanimously appointed chairman of the EAN. He is also chairman of the Malta International Training College and Governor of the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology.

Professor Ellul-Micallef graduated in Medicine in 1967, was awarded a Ph.D. in Respiratory Medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1972 and became a lecturer at the University of Malta. In 1978, he was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Kuwait where he also acted as consultant to the Ministry of Health.  Later, he became chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Kuwait. On his return to Malta in 1984, he was appointed professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  In 1990, Professor Ellul-Micallef became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and in 1998 was made Fellow of the Royal College in London.  He is considered an expert in respiratory medicine and his research has been given international recognition.

15 March, 2001