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Brief History

The Malta International Relations Student Association (MIRSA) was set up during the first semester of 2008-2009 to offer assistance to students studying International Relations at the University of Malta. The first annual general meeting was held in October 2009 at the University of Malta, and subsequently the first executive committee was elected. Senate recognition was officially received in September, 2012. An AGM is held every October and executive membership posts are open to any international relations students, be they in their first or final year of studies, full-time or ERASMUS students.


About the Organisation

MIRSA was founded in order to help initiate a culture of debate amongst international relations students, to provide academic assistance to its members and to promote the discipline amongst those drawn to the subject. For such reasons, the executive committee organise a number of activities which enable the association to meet its founding objectives and serve its purpose. The flagship project is the CampusFM radio show ‘It’s Debatable’ which provides a platform for students to debate current affairs. In conjunction with the Department of International Relations, MIRSA actively promotes the yearly guest lecture series which features guest talks by notable academics and professionals. Other significant projects encompass trips abroad, local and international crisis simulations, educational film screenings, workshops and discussions, career seminars, ERASMUS and international opportunity information sessions, informative visits to schools, and so on.

Furthermore, the organization seeks to help students on a personal level, guiding them through the university system as well as helping them adapt to university life. In this regard the organization has provided a student representative for each year group in the course, whose role is to guide and help students with educational and administrative problems. From a social aspect, parties and outings are organized on occasion to enable students to integrate and get to know one another unconfined by the formal institutional framework.

Externally from the University of Malta, MIRSA is an official partner organisation of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, and has established a professional relationship with numerous NGOs. Amongst these one finds the think tank Atlantic Community, Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisation, the Organisation for Friendship in Diversity, SOS Malta, UNHCR, the MIRIADE Network, and Kopin. Collaboration with Embassies is frequent, most notably with those of the United States of America, the Embassy of the Netherlands, and the Spanish Embassy. These partnerships and connections enable MIRSA to open doors to new opportunities for students. Participation in the 2012 national, multi-stakeholder event Mediterranean Crossroads, under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister in Malta, is a primary success story for the organisation and its members in this regard.

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