Bologna Promoters Conference 2006 The European Unit at the University of Malta together with the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology, the Institute of Tourism Studies and the KSU organised a Bologna Promoters Conference 2006 between Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd March 2006 held at the Dolmen Resort Hotel, Bugibba.

The Bologna Process and Malta’s full membership in the European Union obliges leaders in all sectors of the Maltese society to have clear visions, objectives and responsibilities. Higher and Vocational Education institutions are key players in this challenging scenario. The history of Higher Education in Malta dates back to the 16 th Century while formal Institutions of Further and Vocational Education were set up much later. This sector was recently re-organised, on the turn of the century, by the setting up of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology - Malta’s most dominant Vocational College. These contrasting and dynamic backgrounds have enabled our population to look upon Higher and Vocational education as one possible response to improving the quality of life now reaching the level of developed countries. However, the culture change that Accession has and will impose on our country as well as the Bologna Process initiated in 2000, compels Higher and Vocational Education institutions to undergo a soul-searching exercise in order to ensure that the challenges set by the Commission are met effectively. In doing so, this conference aims at addressing these and other challenges in a comprehensive way at the National and European level.

The purpose of this Conference is therefore to bring together leaders of Higher and Vocational education institutions in Malta to consider important and newly emerging changes in vocational and professional education in the context of the Bologna Process and examine challenges and identify best national policy response to them.

Prof. Roger Ellul Micallef, Rector – University of Malta; Dr. Joseph Mifsud, Director European Unit; Mr. Francis Borg, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Education; Mr. Frank Edwards, Principal – MCAST and Mr. Teddy Camilleri – Deputy Director – ITS addressed the conference.