Prof. Alfred J. Vella awarded IOI Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal

Prof. Alfred J. Vella awarded IOI Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal

The International Ocean Institute (IOI), established in 1972 and head-quartered in the premises of the University of Malta, decided, through unanimous decision of the Board of Governors, to confer on Professor Alfred J. Vella - Rector, University of Malta - the IOI’s Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal in recognition of his invaluable support of the IOI and its capacity development, education and training programmes offered in Malta.

Prf. A. Vella

Award of the International Ocean Institute’s Elisabeth Mann Borgese Medal to Professor Alfred J. Vella - Rector, University of Malta

 

The award ceremony was held at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta. Present at the ceremony were Dr Awni Behnam, Honorary President of the IOI; the Registrar, and the Pro-Rectors of the University of Malta; Ambassador Simone Borg and Professor Louis F. Cassar, IOI Governors; Ms Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director of IOI HQ; and Professor Alan Deidun, Director of the IOI-Malta Training Centre. The celebration was also attended by current beneficiaries of ocean governance training in Malta following the IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas, and the students following the M.A. Degree in Ocean Governance offered jointly by the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta and the IOI.

Citation: In memory of Elisabeth Mann Borgese the Board of Governance of IOI has decided to award the Elisabeth Mann Borgese medal to Professor Alfred J Vella - Rector, University of Malta for his support of the IOI and its capacity development, education and training programmes throughout his term of office as Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Malta, and as a member of the IOI Board of Governors. The award recognizes specifically his dedication and foresight in the championing of the Master of Arts Degree in Ocean Governance, jointly implemented with the Faculty of Laws and the IOI at the University of Malta, and his input and guidance in academic issues for the IOI’s strategic plan of action of 2014 and beyond.

On behalf of the IOI, Dr Awni Behnam extended words of welcome, and spoke of the IOI’s appreciation of the support of Professor Vella over the years of his association with the IOI’s education and training programmes.  

 Another speech of appreciation was made by Professor Simone Borg, Ambassador for Malta on climate action and ocean governance and Representative of the Government of Malta to the IOI Governing Board. Mr Cosmin Chivu spoke on behalf of his colleagues, the IOI alumni and training programme participants. 

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