The Humanities and Medical Science Programme (HUMS) at the University of Malta was instituted following a joint request by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery to the Senate of the University. Senate, at its meeting on Thursday 26 January 2012 upheld the request. The HUMS Programme was formally recognised by the Council of the University of Malta at its meeting on Thursday 9 February 2012. The programme was extended to the Faculty of Science in 2013 changing its name to Humanities, Medicine and Sciences Programme. The first HUMS meeting was held at the library of the Faculty of Arts on Friday 27 January 2012. The meeting was inaugurated by Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta and introduced jointly by Professor Dominic Fenech, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor Godfrey LaFerla, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
The Management of the HUMS Programme as established by Senate shall have the following structure:
- A coordinator appointed by Council and a Board appointed by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Boards of Arts and of Medicine and Surgery.
- The Board shall consist of the coordinator and five other members, two each from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and one from the Faculty of Science. Chairmanship of the board shall be held jointly, with the joint chairmen being chosen by and from among the members.
- The appointment of the coordinator and the members of the Board shall be for one year, which can be renewed.
- The Programme will operate as a cost centre, subject to the University’s financial regulations.
The current members of the board include:
Prof. Joseph M. Cacciottolo
Prof. Victor Grech
Prof. Clare Vassallo
Prof. Ivan Callus
Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura
Prof. Emmanuel Sinagra
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