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UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT
sponsored by HSBC plc

HSBC


Following last year’s success, this year’s graduands and their guests will once again enjoy a concert to celebrate the University of Malta’s Foundation Day, a unique occasion made possible through the sponsorship of HSBC plc.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Laus will perform popular classical pieces. Starting at 8pm, on Friday 28 November 2008, this one-hour programme, will be take place in the Republic Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

All those attending this special performance are also invited to a Reception to be held afterwards at the same venue. Seats were distributed on a first-come-first-served basis to this year’s graduands and have almost all been taken up.

At a press conference to mark the occasion, the Rector said that this concert is a tribute to all the students for their effort and enterprise during their years of study and to all those who support them during their time at University.  The concert is part of an endeavour to valorise the graduate’s standing as an important element in Maltese society.

Professor Camilleri thanked HSBC for the generous sponsorship that has made this second edition of the Celebration Concert possible.  It is encouraging, he said, to see that a company such as HSBC appreciates the value of the University of Malta graduates both within the social and economic spheres.

Ms Sally Robson, Chief Operating Officer at HSBC, said "Malta enjoys significant talent and a strength and depth of workforce across the board that is multi-skilled and focused on constant improvement. Of course, the University has a great responsibility in this regard, particularly in the development of professional people who will take Malta into a future characterised by sustainable growth, be it social, economic or on a personal level.

" HSBC is very active in supporting education at all levels and ages, from sponsoring events like the Foundation Day that celebrates knowledge, to providing special banking solutions for students and graduates to enable them to take off in the careers they are pursuing."

Both the University and HSBC hope that this celebration concert will become a fixture in the University’s cultural calendar.

Press Conference - Foundation Day Celebration Concert
Ms Sally Robson, COO  HSBC, Prof. Juanito Camilleri, University of Malta Rector, and Prof. Joe Friggieri, Chair Organising Committee


Press Conference - Foundation Day Celebration Concert
Ms Sally Robson greeting Carl Grech, KSU PRO; also in the photo are Prof. Juanito Camilleri, University Rector, and Prof. Joe Friggieri, Chairman Organising Committee    

Communcations & Alumni Relations Office
12 November 2008

The Foundation Day of our Alma Mater goes back to the signing by Grandmaster Pinto of the decree constituting the University on the 22nd November 1769. However, the Collegium Melitense had been set up through direct papal intervention in November 1592. This college was run by the Jesuits and catered for non-Jesuit students. The Jesuits conferred the degrees of Magister Philosophiae and Doctor Divinitatis. The foundation deed, however, specified that other subjects such as Grammar and the Humanities should also be taught.

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