Studying in the US Students from the University of Malta have long enjoyed the opportunity to study in the U.S. Many students have participated in exchange programmes while others have chosen full degree courses.

On Wednesday, November 14, 2001, H.E. Mr Anthony Gioia, the U.S. Ambassador to Malta, and Mr Michael Macy, Director of The American Center, visited University to discuss academic education opportunities in the U.S. with the students.  The panel also consisted of Mr Leslie Agius, Director of the University's International Office and his deputy, Ms Jean Killick, Ms Joanna Felice from the Reference Department of the University Library, and Mr Cedric Mifsud, International Officer, KSU.

"The leaders of tomorrow need to learn about the variety and diversity of the worldís cultures," remarked Ambassador Gioia.  He said that many world leaders have, at some point in their education, benefited from U.S.-sponsored exchange schemes, while U.S. academics have participated in many programmes outside the U.S.  "The role of education in fostering better international understanding and tolerance among nations has always played an important part of the U.S. Government's foreign policy," Mr Gioia added.

Mr Leslie Agius assured those present that every student who studied in the U.S., returned with great enthusiasm about this unique experience, both from educational and social points of view.  "This is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Mr Agius. "An enriching experience from which every student can only gain."

Ms Jean Killick explained the application procedures for participating in exchange programs in the U.S., while Ms Joanna Felice informed those present about the educational materials available at the Library, to assist students in their choices.

The students also had the opportunity to discuss student visa issues and further study opportunities with American Center Director, Mr Michael Macy.

The students were encouraged to ask questions and were provided with leaflets and further information about study opportunities in the U.S.

14 November 2001