Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation

Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation

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Course title Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation
Course code UDCLMFT
Postnominal Dip.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Phyllisienne Gauci
Delivered by Faculty of Education
Cultural mediation facilitates the establishment of good communication and mutual understanding between different cultures. It also promotes and enhances access to local services provided in a number of specific areas of intervention such as reception, health, education and employment. It is important for successful cultural mediation to be exercised by trained and experienced professionals who are able to promote and not hinder its scope.

The Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation course trains professionals in facilitating the relations between migrants and citizens in the host country, aiming at the mutual exchange of knowledge and the establishment of positive relations between individuals of different cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins. The course aims at promoting awareness and to sensitize all parties involved in otherness issues.

The Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation is being offered for the first time in October 2020 by the Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning within the Faculty of Education. Teaching and learning within this programme takes place in line with the Department’s mission of promoting inclusion and inclusive practices and pedagogies within the community. In developing and delivering the course, the Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning collaborates with other academics and professional practitioners in order to develop and offer the best programme of study possible. Academics and practitioners in the field of education, inclusion, migration rights, communication and language theory, translation and interpreting, accompaniment, conflict resolution and others, have been engaged from both within and outside the department to develop and deliver the course.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of passes in English and Maltese proficiency tests as approved by the Faculty of Education. Applicants will be exempted from sitting for the proficiency tests in English and Maltese if they are in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 5 or higher, or at Intermediate Matriculation Level pass at Grade C or higher in English and Maltese. In the case of English, passes at the same standard in comparable qualifications will also be accepted.

All applicants must have native or advanced speaker competence in a third language other than Maltese or English.

All applicants shall be required to satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have reached the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit. The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

All applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae.

All applicants must prove that they have resided in Malta for a minimum of three (3) years prior to the commencement of the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This course is part-financed by the European Union under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014 – 2020. Co-financing rate: 75% EU Funds, 25% Beneficiary Funds.

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: No fees apply. This course is part-financed by the European Union under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014 – 2020. Co-financing rate: 75% EU Funds, 25% Beneficiary Funds.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- assume and assert their role as cultural mediators while interacting with clients, without intruding into other professional fields
- apply effectively principles and techniques of trust development, facilitation of communication, conflict resolution and promotion of collaboration between professionals and migrants, in their everyday work
- be aware of their tasks, what they involve, and how they are differentiated according to the intervention field
- comprehend how to assess the level of trust, collaboration and mutual understanding in a triadic encounter, and adjust their behaviour accordingly
- become acquainted with different ways of reviewing, analysing and reflecting on encounters, in order to improve their performance.
Maltese and non-Maltese citizens with an interest in cultural mediation who have resided in Malta for a minimum of three (3) years. Language proficiency in Maltese and English is a requirement. Candidates must possess native or near-to-native speaker competence in at least a third language.
Mediation opportunities in different field of intervention such as: Health and Wellbeing, Education, Employment, Law Enforcement, Agencies, Reception and Housing, Local Services.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 6 May 2021

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