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Title: The students' agitation in 1919
Authors: Grech, Jane (1968)
Keywords: University of Malta
Education -- Malta -- History -- 20th century
Students -- Malta
Issue Date: 1968
Citation: Grech, J. (1968). The students' agitation in 1919 (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: According to the minutes of the General Council of the University, held on Monday 7th September 1914 the Rector laid before the Council the draft new statute of the University. During the sittings held throughout September various parts of the new Statute were discussed, by the Rector and the other members of the General Council. In Sitting No. 8, held on Thursday 24th September 1914, Professor S. Cassar put forward a motion where he said that he was against the innovation introduced in the new .statute by article lOla, on the ground that that article practically meant the abolition of the M.D. Degree, and also that it was against the principles of modern times when the tendency was of having one degree only in Medicine, viz, - that of Doctor of Medicine. The Rector opposed this declaration, stating that all newly constituted Modern Universities in the British Empire had introduced different degrees in each Faculty. He continued to say that the new article in the statute was on the authority of the act of foundation of an university. On the 20th October 1914 the discussion on the distinction of the acedemic Degrees into that or Bachelor and Doctor was continued. More apposition against the innovation was put forward by Professor G. Debono, who said that if this principle was accepted, it would mean the abolition of Doctor of Medicine. But if the other members were in favour of it, then it would only be just "that the three years preparatory course should be abolished and the English System of studies introduced". The Rector reminded him that the University of Malta was limited by certain conditions. Thus the curricula of studies could not exceed the annual grant voted by the Government. Professor Vassallo giving his. own personal opinion said that the studies performed in various Academical Courses viz. LL.D., M.D., D.D., fully entitled the students to a Doctorate, but other important points also had to be taken into consideration. The Members of the General Council knew very well that the Royal Commissioners· alluded to a possible abolition of the University and nearly all their suggestions were being carried out especially those which brought a· saving to the local exchequer. Moreover in some quarters; it was a current idea that our University grants with too great a liberty the Doctorates in the various faculties [...].
Description: B.A.GEN.
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