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Seminar on ESTEEM/Leonardo Project (18 Nov.)

Tuesday 18 with a repeat on Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 November

All academic staff are cordially invited to attend a one-hour seminar about a Leonardo project through which persons held back by social disadvantage can be helped to accede to tertiary, including University education. ESTEEM/Leonardo project offers them a preparatory course, comprising information, relevant skills, some guidance and other supports. The University of Malta is represented on this project by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Dr Charles Pace, co-ordinator, and project officers Ms Andrea Dibben and Ms Elaine Micallef will be organising this seminar in the name of the international partners.

The seminar aims to provide academic staff with information on the project. Academics will also be given the opportunity to also give their own contribution, if they so wish, by preparing and delivering, a brief introductory session to any project beneficiaries interested in joining their academic course of studies.

The first seminar will take place on Tuesday 18 with a repeat on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 November at the Conference Room, University House. Staff are asked to choose the day most convenient for them and to inform Andrea Dibben or Nadia Muscat on 2976 or Charles Pace on 2971 which day they will be attending. Kindly r.s.v.p. by Friday, 14 November.

The seminar starts at 1200hrs. After each seminar, all those attending are invited to a pasta buffet lunch in the Senior Common Room.


12 November 2008

Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 Nov.)

Global Entrepreneurship Week

University puts Malta on the Map for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Shirley Pulis Xerxen
Dr Sandra Dingli 9984 2422

'By unleashing the creativity and ideas of young people all over the world, we can create the successful products and businesses of tomorrow' - Rt Hon. Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister.
'Success isn't about just having an idea. It's about making it happen' - Michael S. Dell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Dell.

The University of Malta, in collaboration with Malta University Consulting Ltd and Ernst & Young, is organising three events to celebrate the first-ever Global Entrepreneurship Week. The activities put Malta on the map where Entrepreneurship is concerned.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, which was founded by the Kauffman Foundation in the United States together with Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom, aims to inspire young people to embrace imagination, creativity and innovation, to engage in entrepreneurial thinking and to pursue opportunities.  This initiative will connect millions of young people from over 78 countries all over the world through thousands of activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Participants will join a growing movement of enterprising individuals who generate and share new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. The events are supported by entrepreneurs, government officials, non-profit leaders and educators at regional, national and global levels in an unprecedented attempt to bring the spirit of enterprising behaviour to young people and to create the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The events being held in Malta include training in entrepreneurship skills by an expert on entrepreneurship education from the UK for thirty promising young individuals with original entrepreneurial ideas on Friday 21 November. Speed networking between these young potential entrepreneurs and a group of successful established entrepreneurs and a National Conference on Entrepreneurship – The Meeting of Minds, which will be open to the general public, will be held on Saturday 22 November. Dr Elizabeth Read from the Royal Academy of Engineering in London and Mr Richard Singer, Business Development Leader, Ernst and Young, Central and Southeastern Europe, will be keynote speakers at this conference.  The Future of Entrepreneurship in Malta will be one of the topics to be discussed during an interactive panel session.  The main aim of these activities is to interact, network, collaborate and share ideas - and to learn more about skills which are essential in today's competitive global scenario. 

Click here for full information on the three activities.

Notes for editors
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the first-ever international celebration of enterprise. During November 17 – 23, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to unleash their enterprising ideas to make a profit and address society's biggest issues.
Thousands of activities are planned in more than 75 countries around the world – all with the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity and to encourage them to think big, to turn their ideas into reality, and to make their mark.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the US and Make Your Mark, the UK campaign to unlock enterprise potential; sponsored by NYSE Euronext, IBM and Ernst & Young; and, supported by the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform , JA Worldwide, Endeavor, Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, DECA, YPO-WPO, AIESEC, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Young Americas Business Trust, YES – European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more.

Dr Elizabeth Read
Project Director for the London Engineering Project (HEI Strand)
Royal Academy of Engineering, London, England
Liz studied at Leeds University from 1986 – 1994 when she gained her Ph.D. entitled 'Hydrogen in Steel Welds'. After an 18 month post-doctoral position at Cambridge University she was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship to study for two years in the National Research Institute for Metals in Tsukuba Science City, Japan. Upon her return from Japan she took a position in her family’s heavy engineering company, becoming the third generation to join the business. Whilst highly qualified in engineering practice, Liz soon discovered that she was lacking many of the skills required to run such a business and, after three years, she was the first family member to leave the business.

It was at this point that Liz's interests in entrepreneurship and general engineering education were developed as she began her teaching career as an academic at Coventry University teaching engineering management, entrepreneurship and business start up in an effort to ensure that newly qualified engineers would not suffer the same lack of skills set that she had. This resulted in Liz joining the Royal Academy of Engineering, initially as an Education Innovator but, more recently, as the Project Director for the HEI strand of the London Engineering Project, a government funded initiative to increase the number of people studying engineering at university level.

Liz has gained considerable experience in entrepreneurship education and is a mentor on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Flying Start Program which trains young people in entrepreneurship skills.
Title of Dr Read's presentation:  Second Generation Entrepreneurs

Mr Richard Singer
Business Development Leader
Ernst & Young, Central and Southeast Europe

Richard Singer is Business Development Leader for Ernst & Young in Central and Southeast Europe, a region covering 19 countries. This role involves, among other responsibilities, driving revenue-generating business development activities across the region including special focus on entrepreneurial part of the market. Over the years in professional services industry, Richard was involved in various major go-to-market activities including establishing Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year brand in the region.
Richard joined Arthur Andersen in Prague in 1999 and moved to Ernst & Young at the time of the combination in 2002. He has held various Business Development and Marketing and Communication leadership positions within both Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.

He has co-authored and delivered a whole range of sales skills and client relationship training courses. Richard has a Master’s from the Prague University of Economics and is about to graduate from his EMBA program at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in March 2009.

Title of Mr Singer's  presentation:  Entrepreneurship - lessons learnt from the most successful entrepreneurs 


06 November 2008

WICT 2008 (17-18 Nov.)

WICT 2008, the First National ICT Conference promoting research and applications of technologies and practices in the field of ICT is being organised by the University of Malta’s Faculty of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This event will be taking place on the 17th and 18th November at the ‘Aula Magna’, Old University building, Valletta. A closing speech will be given by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communication, the Hon. Dr Austin Gatt.

This year's event will be featuring 36 research papers by academics from Malta, as well as 3 high-profile international speakers:
Dr Tim Regan from Microsoft Research Cambridge on the subject of 'Computer-Mediated Living'
Dr Pythagoras Papdimitriou from Sun MicroSystems on the subject of 'Identity Management'
Dr Marjes Zammit from Google Labs on the subject of ‘Information Retrieval’

Click here to visit the website.


25 July 2008

Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance (16 Nov. - 19 Dec.)

A Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance will be held in Malta from the 16th November – 19th December 2008.  Some scholarships are available for suitable applicants from the course target countries (especially developing countries around the Mediterranean, Black, Caspian and Baltic Seas).

Course Overview
The theme of the course draws upon the conduct of maritime affairs in line with the Lisbon Strategy, targeting the Millennium Development Goals and building upon a holistic and integrated maritime policy following the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It focuses on the linkages between the natural, social and economic sciences to the development of sustainable ocean governance, and on the research-management interface that can render governance operable.

The course stresses the inter-linkages of multi-disciplinary inputs, and on the support of technology to enable the effective achievement of ocean management and sustainable development. The emphasis of the course will be on the implications of the EU maritime policy for the European regional seas and the practical implementation that takes into account the particularities of seas as different and sensitive as the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas. The EU maritime policy and the coherence of policies of neighbouring states with it are investigated in depth as basis for regional cooperation. The course aims to build stronger coherence between the EU and its acceding countries and their neighbours in their engagement in the governance of the regional seas, promoting inter-regional comparisons, shared experiences and exchange of best practice scenarios, and fostering interaction between participants from European, Eastern European, North African and Middle East countries bordering the Mediterranean.

This course consists of 4 modules, presented over a five-week period.  Topics covered include

  • Global Ocean Governance Framework
  • Managing our relations with the oceans
  • Conflict Management and Consensus-Building
  • Regional Ocean Governance Frameworks for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas
It is specifically designed to benefit mid-career professionals, government officials, educators, researchers and civil society participants, preferably with coastal/marine-related responsibilities.  Preference will be given to candidates from developing countries of the Mediterranean and Eastern European countries.

Click here for further information.

Click here for the preliminary and full application forms or send an email to the Course Coordinator

The deadline for applications is the 15 September 2008.


27 June 2008

Working Together (14 Nov.)

Working Together: A collaborative approach to challenging behaviour in school

The European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Curriculum Management and eLearning Department within the Education Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education, is holding a half day seminar on interagency, school-home and within school collaboration in relation to the education of students with challenging behaviour. Dr. Lesley Hughes, senior lecturer in interprofessional education at The Hull York University Medical School, UK, will discuss the challenges and issues in interagency working in the UK, with a focus on children and young persons with behaviour difficulties in school. The second part of the seminar consists of three presentations on M.Ed research work undertaken in this area in Maltese schools. Besides school staff and parents, this seminar should be of particular interest to educationalists and professionals involved in the education of students with challenging behaviour, particularly Inclusion Coordinators, Behaviour Support Staff, School Management Teams, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, and Health Care Professionals amongst others.

The seminar is held at the National Curriculum Centre, Hamrun, on 14 November between 0900hrs - 1230hrs. Registration is free, but attendance is by registration only. For further information you may send an email


06 November 2008

Binġemma by Robert Galea (14 Nov.)

Department of History of Art

Il-Bottega ta' Giuseppe
Binġemma Group

Date:      14 November 2008
Venue:    42, Victory Street, Rabat
Time:      2000hrs

Robert Galea is a University student reading for a Masters in History of Art and is a member of the Binġemma Group founded by Dr Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Department of History of Art at the University of Malta). He has participated in a number of collective exhibitions, including an exhibition 'Il-Bottega ta' Giuseppe Painting Binġemma' (2006) organised by the arts students.

Robert Galea's exhibition is the first of a series of monthly exhibitions to be held by members of the group.



07 November 2008

Cultural Landscapes of the Maltese Islands (11-14 Nov.)

The International Environment Institute, with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo and the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, will be hosting a seminar and workshop on the subject of Cultural landscapes of the Maltese Islands, between the 11 and 14 of November 2008. 

This event will focus on the distinctive cultural landscapes of the Maltese Islands, and on the challenge of maintaining their character within a context of rapid socio-cultural and environmental change. Course lecturers will include specialists in landscape ecology, cultural heritage, landscape management, tourism, agro-environment, and landscape policy, amongst others, and will include guest lecturers from foreign universities and institutions. For further details and registration, please visit the IEI website.


24 October 2008

Augustine’s Political Ethics (6 Nov.)

Professor Robert Dodaro OSA Ph.D. (Oxon.) STHD (Lat.), rector of the Augustinian University in Rome, will give a lecture on St Augustine’s political ethics.  The lecture is organized by the Philosophy Society in conjunction with the Augustinian Institute.  Prof Dodaro’s areas of specialization are Late Antiquity, patristics, and the politics of the 4th and 5th centuries, especially Augustine’s City of God.  His major publications include Augustine and His Critics (Routledge 2000), Augustine’s Political Writings (Cambridge, 2002), and Christ and the Society of the Just (Cambridge 2004).
 The lecture is meant to provoke a discussion on some aspects of the life, thought and works of Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo (Annaba, Algeria) 354-430.

The lecture will be held at the University of Malta on Thursday 6th November 2008 at 1800hrs at Gateway Hall E. The evening will be presided by Dr Edward Fenech Adami, President of Malta.  Magistrate Silvio Meli will be chairing the discussion. A reception in honour of the President  and Prof. Dodaro will be held in the foyer.

The general public is cordially invited.


21 October 2008

Visiting Lecturer in GIScience (5-7 Nov.)

The Geography Division will be hosting a Visiting Lecturer in GIScience in the first week of November. Dr Muki Haklay, a Senior Lecturer in GIScience from University College London (UCL) will be delivering a series of lectures on various aspects and applications of GIS between the 5 and 7 November. Topics will include 'Understanding suburbs - theory and examples from London', 'Public access and use of environmental information' and 'Participatory GIS in Environmental Planning and Community Action'. He will also be discussing a relatively new topic in GIScience which is NEOGEOGRAPHY... what new?

Anyone interested in receiving more information about these lectures should contact Dr Maria Attard, lecturer in Geography.


10 October 2008

Postgraduate Researchers’ Forum (5 Nov.)

You are cordially invited to the fifth session of the Postgraduate Researchers’ Forum of the University of Malta which will be held on Wednesday 5 November 2008 at 1900hrs at the Old University Building, St Paul’s Street, Valletta.

1900hrs – 1915hrs
Miriam Teuma

1915hrs – 1930hrs                 
Postgrads Society
Jean Paul De Lucca

1930hrs – 2000hrs                 
The Laser Deposition of Ceramic-reinforced Stainless Steel
John C. Betts

2000hrs – 2030hrs
Maltese late medieval rural cave-settlements and their related water  management systems
Keith Buhagiar


Further Information:

John C. Betts:   The Laser Deposition of Ceramic-reinforced Stainless Steel

Laser Material Deposition is a process which uses a material delivery system to direct a wire or powder into a laser beam and to bind it with an underlying material. Using this technology, stainless steel and ceramic powders were deposited together to create a surface which had a higher resistance to erosion and wear than the stainless steel alone. The processes carried out and their outcome will be described, and the investigations carried out on the deposited materials in order to determine their effectiveness presented together with the successful outcome: a stainless steel surface reinforced with embedded chromium carbide crystals.

Following his graduation from the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree course of the University of Malta, Dr. Betts worked for 5 years as Steel Outfitting Departmental Manager at the Marsa Shipyard of Malta Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., following which he moved on to Stainless Steel Products Limited where he was Production Manager. He then took the post of research engineer on remote sensing for the Euro Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics. Obtaining an MSc in Astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria (Australia), he moved on to the Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta, where he recently concluded his PhD degree on the Laser Deposition of Stainless Steel Matrix Composites in June 2008. He is currently a lecturer with the department, and carries out research mainly on laser materials processing.

Keith Buhagiar
Maltese late medieval rural cave-settlements and their related water management systems
An on-going non-invasive field survey of rural Malta has brought to the forefront the existence of extensive networks of underground galleries used for the irrigation of terraced field systems found in proximity of cave-settlement sites. None of the landscape components have so far been scientifically dated, but comparative research tentatively associates these subterranean galleries to the qanat water-extraction systems of the Roman and Islamic world, possibly introduced into Malta during the Muslim and post-Muslim period between the 11th – 13th centuries AD. Before the late-19th century discovery of an alternative water source, all of Malta’s hydrological demands were met with through a combined exploitation of the perched aquifer and the harvesting of surface runoff rain water.

Keith Buhagiar is an MA graduate in archaeology at the University of Malta specialising in Maltese medieval and early modern cave-settlements and their related water management systems. Currently reading for a Ph.D. his research centres on Maltese late medieval settlement distribution and water management systems in Malta. Mr Buhagiar is currently a visiting lecturer in palaeochristian and medieval archaeology at the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta. Research interests include Mediterranean, North African and Near Eastern water management systems, troglodytism and Mediterranean settlement location and distribution.


24 October 2008


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