The President of Malta to give inaugural lecture H.E. Professor Guido de Marco, President of Malta, will deliver the Institute for Maltese Studies' inaugural lecture entitled: My Vision of Malta at Hall E, Mikiel Anton Vassalli Bldg. University of Malta, Msida on  26th February 2004 at 6.30 p.m.

The Institute for Maltese Studies, set up as an interfaculty initiative, is one of the newer entities of the University of Malta. Its chief objective is to promote the pursuit of interdisciplinary academic studies and research on various aspects of Maltese culture and civilization in their widest manifestations. In this way, it hopes to serve as a focal centre for both local and foreign scholars involved in such research. It also offers postgraduate research degree courses leading to the Ph.D. degree in Maltese Studies as a particular interdisciplinary area of study. The Institute organizes local and international conferences and symposia, seminars and public lectures, and other similar activities on topics in this area of interest. It also networks and liaises with centres for Mediterranean studies overseas. It is envisaged that the Institute will also function as a research resource centre in this field through the creation of a database as a reference index of publications and other relevant material. The official organ of the Institute is the Journal of the Institute for Maltese Studies.

The governing Board of the Institute consists of Professor Roger Ellul Micallef (Chairman), Professor Victor Mallia-Milanes (Vice-Chairman and Director), and four other members: Professor Stanley Fiorini, Professor Patrick Schembri, H.E. Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici (President Emeritus), and Chev. Dr Albert Ganado.