Opening of the Academic Year 2006-2007 The University of Malta opened its academic year today with a ceremony on campus to which all new University students were invited. There were the traditional speeches by the Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri and by Mr David Herrera, President of the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji KSU, followed by the Inauguration Mass.
This year’s theme is “fostering excellence and entrepreneurship”. Referring to this in his speech, the Rector said: “Entrepreneurship is a state of mind, it is the art and science of informed risk-taking particularly when venturing into the unknown or in uncharted domains.”
Speaking to the Freshers - both international and Maltese - he continued: “I believe that a university experience ought to be driven by the persistent pursuit for excellence.” … “You will achieve excellence in whatever you do if you approach any challenge with a ‘first-class attitude’, by applying your best effort and talent, and by overcoming difficulties which may seem tough or even insurmountable at face value.”
This year, 4,102 Maltese applicants filed 5,289 applications (this is because many applied for more than one course). The number of applicants accepted to date is 2186 while, to date, 323 have not been accepted.*
At present, the Admissions Office is working to process 1112 applications from persons who sat for the MATSEC September Supplementary Session. These resit results were published on 28 September and such applicants have been advised that in case of a positive result which should qualify them for the course of their choice, they can attend lectures even before they receive their official letter of acceptance.
A number of courses are opening for the first time this year. Amongst these are Master in Youth and Community Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Planning Studies/Master in Integrated Development Planning, Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management, Master in Integrate Resource Management.
This year the international students hail from 80 different nations worldwide. For the full-time courses, 370 overseas applicants have been accepted, while 265 applicants were accepted as visiting (Exchange, Transfer and Erasmus) students. They will be following courses in almost all the faculties, the most popular being Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy. Most of the visiting students will be here in Malta for one semester.
This year the international students have been offered a one-day orientation programme including contact with both the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji and the University Administration. They will also join the Freshers’ Week programme, organised by the Kunsill Studenti Universtarji, which includes campus tours, music unplugged, debates and other activities.
Several distinguished visitors will be coming to campus during Freshers’ Week. H.E. Dr Edward Fenech Adami, President of Malta; Hon Dr. L. Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta; Dr. H. Vassallo, Chairperson, Alternattiva Demokratika; the Hon. Dr Louis Galea, Minister of Education, Youth and Employment; the Hon. Carmelo Abela, Shadow Minister for Education and Dr Simon Busuttil, M.E.P. will all visit the many stands and participate in discussion sessions with students.
Speech - Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri
Speech - President KSU, Mr David Herrera
* numbers are subject to change
29 September 2006