Research and Education in Mediterranean Diplomacy as COVID-19 Persists
The outbreak of COVID-19 and the necessary national measures taken to tackle the spread of the virus have caused significant disruption to the provision of education. The Director of MEDAC, Professor Stephen Calleya, would like to bring to the attention of the readers that despite the tenacity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy has carried on with its activities in inventive ways to ensure continuity without compromising its academic mission, whilst safeguarding the health and safety of its students and staff.
To help ensure continuity in research and education activities, the MEDAC faculty transitioned to an online work environment seeking to make the best of online learning and ensure a fully functional and interactive platform for MEDAC students. MEDAC shifted its lectures online, where post-graduate students could continue with their research and education remotely via virtual learning. The instrumental use of educational applications and platforms provided by the University of Malta help Lecturers and University administrative staff to facilitate student learning and provide interaction during period of University closure. This approach allowed the Academy to complete the lectures of the current 2019/2020 academic year successfully.