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Orientation Course Programme for New Support Staff – December 2009

Once again, the Office for Human Resources Management & Development organised an Orientation course programme spread over three days between Wednesday 2nd December and Friday 4th December 2010.  The programme was aimed at new members of support staff who were recently employed at the University of Malta, working in administration, faculties, centres and institutes.  It gave the participants a basic understanding and an appreciation of the wider organisational context within which they work.

On the first day of the programme, Dr Mary Anne Lauri, who is the Pro-Rector responsible for students and institutional affairs, gave a brief introduction of the University of Malta. A brief history of the University was presented by Ms Patricia Camilleri, Director of Communications and Alumni Relations.  Ms Camilleri also provided information on the functions of the Communications and Alumni Relations Office.  The first day included also a power-point presentation regarding the set-up of the Faculties, Centres and Institutes by Mr Mario Cassar.  Mr Cassar gave an overview of the work involved from admission of students up to the graduation period. A talk by Mr Mark Debono, Director of Finance, was then delivered, regarding the role of the Finance Office. Ms Lorleen Farrugia, Dr Oriella Degiovanni and Dr Charmaine Christiano Grech gave a brief talk regarding the Counselling Services and the Legal Office respectively. The participants were then shown a presentation on the use of the University’s website, held by Ms Angela Xuereb.

A campus tour was held on the second day by Ms Daphne Kelleher. This tour helped the participants to orientate themselves with the locations of the faculties, institutes, centres and other sections of the University. Mr Benny Borg Bonello and Mr Tonio Agius informed the participants about the Staff Welfare Fund. Ms Edith Boffa gave a talk about the activities and the role of the Chaplaincy followed by a speech by Mr Oliver Mallia regarding the University Sports Complex. A presentation ensued regarding the Academic Programmes Quality & Resources Unit, delivered by Mr Colin Borg. Ms Jacqueline Fenech, Director for Human Resources Management & Development, gave a brief talk on the role of the same office. This was followed by a talk by Ms Stefania Fabri, Director of the International & EU Office, on the role of the same office.

The first session on the third day concerned the Registry Office delivered by Ms Marlene Bezzina. Subsequently, there was the University of Malta Library session in which Ms Joanna Felice, Deputy Directory Library Services, introduced the services of the Library, followed by a presentation and tour conducted by Ms Josianne Vella. A talk on the IT Services Session was delivered by Mr James Cilia at the IT Services Laboratory. The last sessions included talks on the Student Advisory Services and the Staff Collective Agreement, which were both delivered by Mr Noel Caruana.

During each session, the new recruits were encouraged to actively participate in the discussions.  They were also given the opportunity to provide their general feedback on the course by means of an evaluation form, distributed to them on the last session of the course.  Participants who attended to at least eight hours of the programme were provided with a certificate of attendance.

Members of support staff who attended the course were:
Roderick Agius, Nicholas Aquilina, Daniela Cachia, Johann Anthony Calamatta, Andrew Cassar, Stacy Cassar, Charlo Cushieri , Joseph Debono, Alison Ellul, Denise Formosa, Fabian Grech, Joseph Mizzi, Nicholas Rizzo, Michelle Sammut, Elaine Spiteri, Cheryl Ann Vella, Jennifer Vella, Mario Zarb.


5th January 2010 


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