Strategic plan

Strategic Plan 2020-2025

As a dynamic tertiary education institution, the University of Malta has developed a strategy that will chart its course for the years to come.

The Strategic Plan 2020-2025 sets out the goals and priorities for the University, its faculties, departments, centres, institutes and schools. The plan approved by the Senate on the 30 May 2019 and by the Council on the 21 June 2019, reflects the evolving state of higher education, society, industry and the economy. It focuses on students’ experience, resources, contribution of the academic community and the University's impact on the nation as well as the insights of the wider University community and social partners.

During the academic year 2018-19 the entire University community of 15,000 students and staff, as well as its external stakeholders were invited to actively participate in the strategic planning process through strategy conferences, working groups, advisory committees and surveys. 

The Strategic Plan will be supported by a more comprehensive implementation plan which will be endorsed by the University Senate and Council and overseen by the Steering Committee for Strategic Planning, chaired by the Rector. The University's internal and external stakeholders will remain vital to the implementation of the plan. 


 Summary of Strategic Goals

  • Enhance academic and pastoral support for students 
  • Create dynamic frameworks which provide holistic learning 
  • Develop physical environments which are conducive to learning
  • Expand high-quality online learning 
  • Engage in work-based learning that adds value to the learning experience
  • Maintain the relevance of teaching programmes
  • Design continuous, formative and summative assessments which are valid, robust and transparent
  • Improve and modernise the doctoral programmes
  • Deliver continuous professional development programmes
  • Promote world-class research of local, regional and global significance
  • Conduct research and knowledge transfer that supports the rankings
  • Secure sustainable funding for R&D
  • Expand corporate research and knowledge transfer
  • Improve communication and dissemination of research output
  • Undertake responsible research ensuring integrity and ethics
  • Design a human resource strategy that supports researchers
  • Apply clusters concepts to stimulate well-funded, sustainable research
  • Assist students and members of staff with disability
  • Support under-represented and first-generation students
  • Advance and commit to gender and LGBTIQ rights
  • Ensure access and inclusion of diverse cultures
  • Expand health promotion and wellbeing services
  • Engage the campus community
  • Promote public outreach
  • Engage industry in curriculum development
  • Embed industry knowledge in the learning experience
  • Enhance learning through enterprise projects
  • Promote interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Prepare learners for employment and self-employment
  • Expand executive education
  • Provide expertise to industry
  • Develop enterprise and industry colloquia 
  • Promote studies and research that are focused on cultural heritage
  • Instil an awareness and appreciation of Maltese characteristics 
  • Protect and preserve the Maltese language while simultaneously continuing to cherish the English language
  • Prepare sufficient and suitable local human capital that is creatively empowered, culturally enriched and fit to serve the evolving economy
  • Deliver high-quality education which can transform learners into highly competent and effective citizens 
  • Preserve the University’s place as the principal higher education institution on the island and a unique academic hub in the Mediterranean
  • Retain and improve the University’s position among the top 4% of the world’s universities
  • Strengthen and deepen student internationalisation in a context where Malta itself is a testbed of growing cosmopolitanism
  • Strengthen and deepen staff internationalisation
  • Nurture and disseminate the University’s good name
  • Attract international postgraduate students 
  • Broaden the University’s respectful and enriching engagement with the world
  • Develop sustainable land and buildings
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle waste
  • Extend energy efficient measures 
  • Conserve water and reduce consumption
  • Encourage sustainable transport measures
  • Deliver training and research on sustainability
  • Promote healthy living practices on campus
  • Create an ecosystem of infrastructure and support
  • Manage and develop student-centred processes
  • Expand infrastructure for student welfare
  • Enhance library resources
  • Achieve excellence in technology-based services
  • Invest in people, empower the workforce
  • Develop internal and external communications
  • Deliver physical infrastructure
  • Consolidate the financial framework





The Strategic Development Process for the University of Malta is organised by the team dedicated to Strategic Planning and Enterprise. We constantly seek feedback to improve and evolve our strategic planning process, whilst identifying opportunities to assist students and staff in meeting University's objectives. Contact us here