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Shoreline Change, Erosion Management and Sea-level Rise

Stakeholder consultation workshop on shoreline change, erosion management and sea-level rise, Bangkok

The International Environment Institute, in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute Headquarters, and with the support of various Thai organisations, recently participated in the facilitation of a stakeholder consultation workshop on the subject of shoreline change, erosion management and sea level rise in Thailand. Coastal erosion, resulting from both natural and human causes, and increasingly aggravated by the threat of sea-level rise, is emerging as an issue of major concern in Thailand, where the scale of the problem is severe in some regions. The impacts of shoreline change in Thailand may include major losses of land area, with resultant impacts on livelihoods and on ecological assets.

The event, held in Bangkok during the first week of December 2009, brought together various stakeholders from both public and private sectors, with the aim of fostering dialogue and communication, exchanging experiences and building collaboration on both national and international scales. Dr Louis F. Cassar and Ms Elisabeth Conrad were responsible for the specialist training programme, as well as, with the close cooperation of Dr Cherdsak Virapat, IOI’s Executive Director, for facilitation and the synthesis of results. 

Workshop delegates participated in a variety of logic framework exercises in order to identify key institutional barriers to successful management of coastal erosion issues, and to identify initiatives towards their resolution. The workshop results will form the basis of project proposals and strategic recommendations for both government and community level developments, which are to be submitted to the Thai Government in 2010.

Shoreline Change, Erosion Management and Sea-level Rise


11 December 2009

Special Offer on EDRC Publications

The EDRC is making a special offer on a number of its books to students and staff at a nominal price.
We hope that these books will be used on courses offered by lecturers as compulsory or recommended reading on their courses.

Copies may be collected from the EDRC Building (behind the Precincts Office). If you have any queries or require further information please email or phone on +356 2340 2136 and ask for Romina Zammit.

The lecturers' copy is free of charge if the book is adopted for use on a course, and a number of books are ordered by the students following the course.

Click here to view a full list of publications.

10 Dec. 2009


10 December 2009

AEGEE Kyiv Exchange Website Launched Online

AEGEE Valletta - AEGEE Kyiv Exchange Website Launched Online

AEGEE-Valletta, one of the leading University student organisations has launched online the official KyiValletta 09/10 website for its upcoming second part of a youth exchange with AEGEE-Kyiv members. Taking place between 29 December 2009 and 5 January 2010, this event will bring over to Malta 15 members from AEGEE-Kyiv, AEGEE-Valletta’s twin antenna, who will be hosted and entertained by the local antenna throughout that period. This follows the visit by a group of AEGEE-Valletta members to the Ukrainian capital earlier this year, where they enjoyed a most perfect hospitality courtesy of the excellently organised AEGEE-Kyiv.

This highly informative and visually rich website offers an introduction to the twinning agreement, an extensive overview of the two AEGEE Antennae participating in the exchange, highlighting the underlying friendship which there exists between the two, and presents the extensive programme which AEGEE-Valletta is preparing for its guests. The website also includes pictures of participants and organisers, videos, media links and links to our partners' and sponsors' websites. Apart from being very useful to our guests by offering important information related to their visit, the website offers also an excellent promotion as to what our islands have to offer to foreign visitors.

The AEGEE-Valletta Exchange Committee would like to thank Mr William Bellia for his timely dedication in creating this excellent website.

For more information about AEGEE-Valletta’s upcoming Youth Exchange we invite you to visit the website.
or contact us by email.


04 December 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week Millions of young people participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week

On Wednesday 18 November 2009, a two and a half hour programme was hosted at the University of Malta as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2009. Millions of young people around the globe participated in over 25,000 events aimed at promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to celebrate this year's GEW.

The Maltese effort consisted of two events: a panel discussion with the participation of ten of Malta's top entrepreneurs, and an informal networking session for the entrepreneurs and University students. Clare Agius, a well known TV personality and actress who also runs her own media production company was the panel moderator. The speakers were Ivan Bartolo, founder and one of the principal directors of leading Maltese IT company 6pm; David Bugeja of Reohix, Koreusb, Piccante and; Dylan Lentini, who was inspired to launch his own ventures following his participation in last year's GEW activities; Giorgio Mondovì of Nestlè Malta; Sabrina Mulligan of Brainbox and Gamebox, which recently made headlines with Monopoly Malta; Eman Pulis, one of whose many hats is that of a self-employed events organiser with Marshall-Pulis Events; Doris Sammut who is the President of the Malta Association of Women in Business and co-owner and joint managing director of Green Skip Services Ltd and GS Rec. Ltd; Alex Scicluna of local franchise Cafè Jubilee which is about go international; Jonathan Shaw of; and Gianni Zammit of Vibe FM and Jugs@Malta.

The local programme was organised by national GEW host, The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, University of Malta, in collaboration with DegreePlus and Bank of Valletta.


03 December 2009

Foreign Students Learn Maltese

 Foreign Students Learn Maltese
Fourteen ERASMUS students have successfully completed an ERASMUS Intensive Language Course (EILC), held between the 14 September and 9 October 2009. The course, organised by the International and EU Office of the University of Malta was funded through support received from the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme, (ERASMUS). The course was delivered by the International School of Languages of the University of Malta.

The course was open to ERASMUS students following a mobility period at the University of Malta during the current academic year 2009/10. The EILC aims to provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge of the Maltese Language. The students followed 60 hours of studies in a lecture setting and successfully passed the assessment held at the end of the course. The cultural component of the course aimed to expose participants to the historical and cultural aspects of the Maltese Islands, drawing them closer to the Maltese culture and lifestyle.

Visits included historical tours of Valletta, Mdina, Mosta and Marsaxlokk. Other places of interest visited were Tarxien Temples and Domus Romana. As part of the events, a Maltese cultural evening was held towards the end of the course. This event included a talk on Maltese foods and legends, which was complemented by a reception during which typical Maltese food and drinks were served.

The presentation of certificates was held at the Library of the Old University Building in Valletta.  Presenting the certificates were Pro Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Alfred J. Vella and the Director of the International & EU Office, Ms Stefania Fabri. Also present were Dr Maureen Cole, Rector’s Delegate for International Students’ Well-being,  Ms Katia Saliba from International School of Languages, Mr Godfrey Magri, course tutor, Mr Carl Grech and Ms Nadya Papagiorcopulo, from the KSU and Ms Angele Patiniott and Ms Alison Bone from the International & EU Office.

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03 December 2009

Foundation Day Celebration Concert

sponsored by HSBC plc


This year’s graduands and their guests once again enjoyed a concert celebrating the University of Malta’s Foundation Day , a unique occasion made possible through the sponsorship of HSBC plc.

Special guests included the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sport and the Chairman Chief Operating Officer of HSBC in Malta, Mrs Sally Robson.

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Laus performed popular classical pieces during a one-hour programme, at the Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. A Reception was held afterwards at the same venue. 

Click here to view the photo gallery.


03 December 2009

New Electronic Resource

The University Library is pleased to announce the addition of JSTOR to the vast range of electronic resources. This database is available through the Library webpage on campus, or remotely via VPN (Virtual Private Network).

JSTOR provides archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.


01 December 2009

Malta Medical School Conference Abstract Book

The Conference Abstract Book of the 7th Malta Medical School Conference is now available on the website of the Malta Medical Journal having been published as a supplement to the journal.

Click here to access the supplement.


30 November 2009

ESM Bulletin

Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta, Volume 2
Editor: Dr David Mifsud, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Junior College, University of Malta

The Entomological Society of Malta (ESM), officially established in 1998 is a non-profit, scientific society which is actively involved with the study of Maltese and Mediterranean entomology and other arthropods that are found in our environment.

Two years ago the society’s council decided that the time was ripe for the production of an annual publication in the form of a bulletin with peer reviewed scientific papers. The first volume (published on 31 August, 2008) contained 14 scientific contributions. This year, more contributions by both local and foreign specialists are included in the second volume. There is a diversity of knowledge contained therein such as a number of new records of insects from the Maltese Islands and information on their biology, a description of a new species to science of moth endemic to the Maltese Islands, control strategies for the Red Palm weevil, sandflies and their role in canine and human leishmaniasis, aphids on native trees in Malta, bark beetles and others. In total, more than 50 organisms are reported for the first time from the Maltese countryside. The volume is highly illustrated with colour plates and line drawings.

The journal is being well received by the entire scientific community with many positive reviews by outstanding personalities involved in this field of study. The journal will not only find its way in Maltese libraries, among academia, students and other interested parties but it is also distributed in more than 80 research centres in Europe and elsewhere. All contributions are submitted for inclusion in the Zoological Record and the editor is working so that contributions will also be cited elsewhere, thus making such work available to a wider audience of people. In this year’s issue we also included a new section dedicated to the young entomologist where articles are intended to stimulate our students to discover and appreciate more the world of insects.

The publication of this year’s bulletin was only possible through the generous sponsorships received from the following institutions that are acknowledged: Malta Council for Science & Technology, Lombard Bank, Bank of Valletta, Forestals Group of Companies, Borg Cardona Co. Ltd., Cyberpass Technology Group, Malta Industrial Innovation for SME’s, Capital Pest Control, Phoenician Glassblowers, Farmers Learning Centre and All Invest Co. Ltd. The society is confident that readers will find the publication of interest and of high scientific standard.

The press launch of this new volume took place on 1 December, 2009 and those interested in further details are kindly asked to contact the President by email or the Secretary of the society by email.

ESM pic


27 November 2009

AEGEE-Valletta is 12 Years Old!

It was way back on the 2nd November 1997 when the founding President of AEGEE-Valletta Mr Roger
Bugeja signed the Convention d’Adhesion in AEGEE’s bi-annual General Network Meeting also known as
AGORA in Ankara Turkey to officially enroll AEGEE-Valletta as a contact antenna within AEGEE's
European Network. Within a year during AGORA Hamburg, Germany and following its 1st International
event hosted in Malta during the summer of 1998, the local branch AEGEE-Valletta was successful
recognised as an antenna.

Twelve successful years have passed in which our antenna has assumed a leading role both locally on
university campus and within the AEGEE European Network. During these years AEGEE-Valletta has
organised numerous events including the Planning Meeting in 2001, the European Boards’ Meeting in
2005, the AGORA in 2007, the Network Meeting in 2009, ten Summer Universities, four Winter Events and many other conferences, debates, sport & leisure and social events.

It is remarkable to mention that our antenna won various awards both locally and internationally. In
2000, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport in the Ministry of Education awarded AEGEEValletta with the 'Gharfien Nazzjonali Zghazagh fis-Socjeta Award' (The National Recognition for
Youth Work in Society Award) whilst year after year it is ranked as one of the best three organisations
on campus.

Within the AEGEE Network, AEGEE-Valletta won the EGEE XX Best Event Award in 2005 following the
organisation of the EBM and the Best Event Award in 2007 following the organisation of AEGEE’s Spring
AGORA. AEGEE-Valletta was also voted amongst the best antennae in various occasions by AEGEEEuropean members. During the years AEGEE-Valletta has also contributed to the AEGEE Network with several local members that occupied key positions within the AEGEE-Europe Structure.

To celebrate this occasion, on 6 November 2009, AEGEE-Valletta Executive Board and its Alumni
Coordination Team hosted a reception at Alexandra Hotel St Julian's. Amongst those attending, were
AEGEE-Valletta Alumni, current active members and partners.

During his key note speech, Mr Bugeja emphasised that during these years around ‘600 AEGEE-Valletta
members got the opportunity to travel abroad with AEGEE’ whilst ‘2000 AEGEE European members got
the opportunity to visit Malta in one of the 25 international events hosted during the years’. Ms Elizabeth Borg, current President of AEGEE-Valletta, explained what the forthcoming plans of the association are. Finally Alistair Zarb, Alumni Coordinator thanked all those present and all others whose efforts and sacrifices helped and are still helping in a way or another to keep AEGEE-Valletta amongst the best organisations on university campus and within the AEGEE network.


24 November 2009


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