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The Gozo Seminar


February 2012



Forty-four third year European Studies students attended the annual two-day dissertation seminar organized by the Institute for European Studies of the University of Malta which took place between the 29 February and 1 March 2012. This was the third time that this seminar was held in the Jesuit retreat house “Manresa” in Victoria, Gozo.


The Institute’s resident academic staff members also participated in this event which offers third year European Studies students the opportunity to discuss their dissertation projects and receive feedback both from fellow students and from members of the academic staff. Students confront the task of writing a dissertation for the first time in their final year of the course. Although the Institute’s staff supervise the bulk of these research projects, and despite the individual attention that they are given, students encounter some difficulties in carrying out this task. To address these difficulties, the Institute for European Studies organises a 2-day live-in seminar for all final year students at the well-equipped Manresa House in Gozo.

The process is kicked started at the beginning of the academic year when students are prodded on by their supervisors to start researching and writing on their topic as early as possible, so that by the time the seminar is held they would have made sufficient progress as to be able to discuss it with confidence and highlight the difficulties they are encountering. The seminars have their lighter moments as well. Students usually organise their own transport, provide lifts for those without private transport, and carry quite an amount of belongings particularly quilts as an extra precaution to fight this year’s unusual cold spell. For lunch and dinner they are together – as for the night crawl on their only night out in Gozo.


One of the students’ commonest remark is that the seminar serves as the only occasion in the three year course when they are able to socialize with fellow colleagues. Stronger relationships are forged.The academic work is carried out in two simultaneous parallel sessions consisting of three to four (depending on the subject) 15 minute student presentations overseen by a team of three academic staff members. The presentations are followed by a discussion involving students and academic staff.Most students initially have some apprehensions about making an academic presentation on their thesis methodology and literature survey. But once their turn comes they normally do well. The methodology is generally considered the most difficult part. At the end of the seminar the students have to fill an evaluation form which is kept anonymous and is collected by a fellow student.  The seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to cement friendships in a relaxed atmosphere, away from the university lecture rooms. The academic staff is very informal, mixing with students, both during meals and in free time. Most students treasure the experience and at the end of it regret that it is over. Some say it is unforgettable, highly enriching and unrepeatable, especially before examinations  and the parting of ways which comes after them.


This article was written by two students who participated in the seminar: Albert Camilleri and Nadya Papagiorcopulo.







A Colloquium

The Politics and Economics of the Euro Crisis


Friday 2nd December 2011

Gateway Hall E University of Malta

6.00pm - 8.00pm



Dr Susannah Verney, Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Athens       -   Preventing another Euro Area Crisis: EU Economic Governance 'Six Pack' - a case of too little, too late?

Mr Michael Bonello, former Governor of the Central Bank of Malta        -   The Euro: a crisis of the currency or a failure of politics?

Ms Moira Catania, Resident Academic Staff, EDRC                                -   Greek Domestic Politics and the Eurozone crisis


Professor Roderick Pace, Director EDRC

For more detailed information, please click here.



Graduation Ceremony 2011

The Graduation Speech delivered by Professor Roderick Pace, Director of the European Documentation and Research Centre, during the Graduation Ceremony held on 23 November 2011 can be read by clicking here.



5 ideas for a younger Europe

Monday 7th November 2011
1200hrs to 1400hrs

Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (MaKS) Room 301

The Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences in collaboration with the European Documentation and Research Centre at the University of Malta are inviting all European Studies and Communication Studies students to the initiative 5 ideas for a younger Europe.  A two-hour discussion is going to be held on Monday 7th November 2011 starting at 1200hrs at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (MaKS) Room 301.  For more detailed information, please click here.

Synopsis - Public Lecture by Prof. Michelle Pace

Can the European Union Feel? When Political Psychology Encounters Foreign Policy – public lecture by Professor Michelle Pace at the European Documentation Centre (hosted by the Institute for European Studies, University of Malta)

Joint Policy Study on migration
EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study 4: Migrants and Refugees. Impact and Policies.  Case Studies of Jorda, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece

Article by Prof. Roderick Pace
EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 65: The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment

Jean Monnet Occasional Paper Series no. 14
Governance in the EU Member States – Evidence from Three Global Indicators by Professor Lino Briguglio

Declaration of Authenticity
Please include the Declaration of Authenticity with every assignment you submit to the Institute for European Studies. The Declaration should be printed and filled-in at home, beforehand.

The form can be downloaded directly by clicking here.

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