Opening of the University of Malta Academic Year 2007-2008

Opening of the University of Malta Academic Year 2007-2008

Well rounded Education… beyond certification
Degreeplus
University applies for Euro 30 million for state-of-the-art equipment and buildings
Rector encourages more participation in Exchange Programmes

The University of Malta campus today welcomed new students at the opening ceremony of academic year 2007-2008. Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri and Mr David Herrera, President of the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji KSU, delivered the traditional speeches, followed by the Inauguration Mass.

This year’s theme is ‘Well rounded Education… beyond certification’. “I have chosen this theme because I strongly believe that the University experience – and indeed the process of life-long learning as a whole - should extend beyond formal curricular and examination structures.” the Rector said in his address to the Maltese and International students.

“I feel that a University experience should be a period of discovery and acquisition of skills beyond the prescribed confines of a specific degree programme,” Prof. Camilleri added. “It is for this reason that Senate has approved the launching of a new pilot initiative branded Degreeplus.” (The Degreeplus project will be officially launched during a Press Conference next Wednesday, 3rd October at 1000hrs, Atriju Vassalli).

The Rector addressed the over 400 new international students saying, “I believe that the experience you bring with you from your respective backgrounds and respective countries enriches the cultural and intellectual milieu on campus.”

Prof. Camilleri encouraged more students to participate in exchange programmes with other universities and to better understand the European Union and participate in this educational, social, economic and cultural space which is continually evolving. The Rector also said that the University had applied for funding to the tune of circa Euro 30 million under the EU’s Regional Development Fund intended for the construction of a state-of-the-art Computer Services Centre, the construction of the new Faculty of ICT building, the purchase of equipment for modern laboratories and the construction of an extension of the Junior College.

This year, 3,900 Maltese applicants filed 5,151 applications (this is because many applied for more than one course). The number of applicants accepted to date is 2054 while, to date, 323 have not been accepted (numbers are subject to change).

At present, the Admissions Office is working to process 1111 applications from persons who sat for the MATSEC September Supplementary Session. These 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 the Science of Performative Creativity, Diploma in Rural Entrepreneurship, Diploma in Education for Sustainable Development and MSc in Human Language Science and Technology.

This year the international students hail from 52 different nations worldwide. For the full-time courses, 196 overseas applicants have been accepted, while 230 applicants were accepted as visiting (Exchange, Transfer and Erasmus) students. They will be following courses in a number of areas, the most popular being BA Arts. Most of the visiting students will be 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 visiting campus during Freshers’ Week. These include the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, as well as the Ambassador of the United States of America.

Speech - Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri

Speech - President KSU, Mr David Herrera

Communications & Alumni Relations Office
28th September 2007