Socrates Intensive Programme on Social Exclusion Hosted in Malta Between February 26th and March 2nd, Students and Lecturers from nine different Universities in Europe will be joining Maltese academic staff and students from the University of Malta for the organisation of a one-week intensive programme of lectures and discussions focussing on the theme of social exclusion in Europe. The event will be held at the University of Malta and is being co-financed by the European Commission under its Erasmus Programme. The event is being coordinated by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in collaboration with the University of Malta's Workers' Participation Development Centre (WPDC).

28 Students and 11 distinguished professors and lecturers from the Universities of Berlin and Leipzig (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Joenssu (Finalnd), Teesside (U.K.), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Lund (Sweden), Glasgow (U.K.) and Madrid (Spain) will be joined for the week by 6 students following a diploma programme in Industrial Relations cordinated by the WPDC, along with Dr Godfrey Baldacchino and other members of the WPDC staff.

Issues to be discussed include: Identifying Social Exclusion; the End of the Full Employment Society; the social importance of paid work; understanding the 'underclass'; stigma and non-take up in social policy; citizenship and exclusion in the EU; the socio-cultural exclusion and self-exclusion of foreigners in Finland; schooling, exclusion and self-exclusion; women, work and welfare.

February 2001