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Press Release: Orientation Programme April 2015
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Orientation Programme in Administrative Services – April 2015  

The Office for Human Resources Management & Development organised an Orientation Programme pertaining to Administrative Services on Thursday, 30th April 2015.

The programme was designed as an introductory session catering for newly recruited members of staff, who are currently working within the administrative, technical and industrial fields within the University of Malta. The programme’s main objective was to provide the participants with a basic overview and understanding of the Administrative set-up of the University of Malta. The programme covered information on the principal offices within the Rectorate and the Administration and was based a short 4-hour session, which was spread over half a day.  

The session commenced with a brief introductory ice-breaking session which was given by Ms Amanda Ciantar, where participants were given the time to familiarise themselves with each other. The Pro-Rector for Student & Institutional Affairs, Professor Mary Anne Lauri gave a brief introduction to the University of Malta and dedicated the second part of the session answering the queries of the participants in connection with their employment within the University. 

The first part of the session was dedicated to the Offices which fall within the umbrella of Office of the Registrar and those offices which work in tandem with the Office of the Registrar. Ing. Elisa Vella, the Senior Executive working within the Office of the Registrar, delivered the first session with a presentation detailing the principal offices within the Office of the Registrar and their function within the University and gave a brief overview of the role of the office within Senate. Mr Luigi Pellegrini, the Assistant Registrar who is in charge of the Scheduling Office and the management of Examinations delivered a thorough presentation on examinations and timetables. Ms Jo-Anne Attard, the Senior Executive of the Academic Programmes Quality and Resources Unit, provided an outline of this office and highlighted the Academic Effort exercise, the Student Feedback exercise and the role of the Programme Validation Committee within Senate.

Following a brief coffee break, Ms Stefania Fabri elaborated on the International & EU Office, with particular emphasis on the Erasmus programme, which caters for both staff and students alike, and their role in participating in international university fairs, highlighting that the principal goal of this office is to globally promote the University of Malta and attract foreign and fee-paying students. Mr Mark Debono, the Director of Finance delivered a talk on the administrative structure of the Finance Office and highlighted the various projects that this office undertakes. Dr Ruth Baldacchino delivered a brief talk on the role of the Legal Office in connection with the corporate and the industrial aspects of the University. In the final session, the Director of the Office for Human Resources Management & Development, Ms Jacqueline Fenech provided a brief introduction on the role of Human Resources within the University and highlighted the expectations of the organisation and the employees.

Throughout the whole programme, the participants were encouraged to actively participate and discuss their queries and concerns with the speakers. Furthermore, participants were given the opportunity to provide their feedback regarding the session by means of an evaluation form. This feedback session was scheduled as the final session, where the participants were also presented with a certificate of attendance.

Members of staff who attended the programme were:
Ms Beverley Agius, Ms Ilaria Aquilina, Ms Francesca Attard, Ms Jessica Borg, Ms Lucienne Brincat, Ms Martine Cutajar, Mr Darren Darmanin, Ms Simone Ellul, Ms Marie Claire Finger, Ms Justine Formosa, Ms Chiara Galea, Ms Maria Gilson, Ms Sarah Jane Mifsud, Ms Sara Mizzi, Mr James Moffett, Mr Clint Sammut, Ms Graziella Scicluna

Photographs can be seen here.
1st June 2015
Amanda Ciantar

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