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Health Minister Joe Cassar at the Junior College

Health Minister Joe Cassar at the Junior College

On Wednesday 1st December 2010, Junior College students were addressed by Health Minister Joe Cassar who told students that each and every individual is responsible for their own sexual health. Whether one contracts AIDS or not, is truly a matter that may be determined by the choices made.

Clad in casual wear, Dr Cassar, said the incidence of the disease among 15-24 year olds was increasing and that there has also been a rise in HIV and AIDS among young people in Eastern Europe. In fact, according to a Unicef report, 80% of newly infected people were younger than 30. Reference was made not only to the 'changing population' during the summer months, when Malta was home to many young visitors from across the world; but also to the fact that there was a worrying percentage of young people who admitted having sexual encounters while drunk, thus impairing the ability of clarity of thought; and hence the risk of contracting the virus.

Students were advised to contact the GU clinic so as to be able to take the HIV test and help prevent the spread of the disease.


21 December 2010

Chinese Language Programmes on TV

The Confucius Institute at the University of Malta will be broadcasting, on Education Channel 22, two practical Chinese language programmes, namely 'Learn Chinese' for students, professionals or tourists interested in acquiring the very basics of the Chinese language. These programmes will commence in January 2011. 'Learn Chinese' Programme 1 and 2 are presented as an interesting, dynamic and vivid 13-Episode Television Language Series and will be screened in two separate programmes.

Learners will reap the benefit of visual and auditory learning, as well as appreciate the modern Chinese pinyin system. Spectators of these TV programmes will be enhancing their education of Chinese history and culture, and familiarising themselves with the modern Chinese lifestyle, predominantly in the city of Beijing.  

Schedules - 'Learn Chinese'
TV Programme 1 – featured every Wednesday at 1330hrs starting 5 January 2011.
TV Programme 2 – featured every Sunday at 1300hrs starting 9 January 2011.

For further information, please click here.


16 December 2010

University of Malta Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Between the 15 and 21 November 2010, students at University of Malta joined millions of young people around the world to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship week (GEW).  Now in its third year, this event is designed to connect aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination and ingenuity through local and global activities.  GEW has grown exponentially since its inaugural event three years ago - this year, an estimated 10 million people participated in thousands of events held in 102 countries.  The Maltese programme was coordinated by the National Hosts for GEW - the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, University of Malta - and consisted of three events.  For further information, please click here.

The first event was a visit to Kordin Business Incubation Centre (KBIC) on Wednesday 17 November for students enrolled on the Degree Plus Entrepreneurship programme at University of Malta.  Students were taken on a tour of the premises where they learned about the support schemes, incentives and facilities available for innovative start-ups, and where they had the opportunity to network and share ideas with some of the entrepreneurs based at the incubator.  This event was organised by the Edward de Bono Institute in collaboration with Degree Plus, which is supported by Bank of Valletta.

A second visit to KBIC was held on Friday 19 November for students enrolled on the Masters in Creativity and Innovation, the International M.Sc. in Strategic Innovation and Future Creation, and the Subsidiary Area in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, all offered by the Edward de Bono Institute.  This trip was followed by the Blitz Entrepreneurship Game, run by Dr Gregory Hale, which introduced students to the time-pressured scenario of new product development and enterprise creation.  Participants worked in teams to design an innovative board game and build a prototype out of the basic materials provided for this purpose, and then performed a sales pitch to promote their product. 

The main aim of such activities is to interact, collaborate and share ideas, and to find out more about the support available and the skills required in today's competitive global scenario.  GEW helps develop young people’s knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises. The net outcome is a positive impact on participants’ lives, families and communities.

For further information about GEW, including possibilities of collaborating with the National Hosts to organise events (both on and off campus) during the next GEW in November 2011, kindly email Leonie Baldacchino.


16 December 2010

Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius - Member of an EU Prestigious Group on Ethics

Rev. Prof. E. Agius

Rev. Professor Emmanuel Agius, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, has been reappointed by EU President Josè Manuel Barroso as member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) for a mandate of five years. Prof. Agius, who already served as a member during the past five years (2005-2010), is the first Maltese to be appointed as member of this prestigious group.

The task of the Group is to examine ethical questions arising from science and new technologies and on this basis to issue Opinions to the European Commission in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies.

The Group is a neutral, independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body, composed of fifteen experts appointed by the Commission for their expertise and personal qualities. Members of the EGE do not represent their own countries, but are chosen on their own merit. Work at the EGE is done on voluntary basis.


15 December 2010

ICAS Von Karman Award for International Cooperation

As a member of the plenary of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE), Dr Ing. David Zammit Mangion is a recipent of the prestigious ICAS Von Karman Award for International Cooperation. Dr Ing. Zammit Mangion is Head of the University of Malta’s Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. ACARE has been honoured with this award at this year's ICAS conference which was held in Nice, France. The Award is given ‘in recognition of creating a common and shared European view, combining public and private interests, into strategic research agenda for European aeronautics R&T’.


15 December 2010

Visit to Karin Grech Hospital

On Monday 6 December, the University French Department Psycholinguistics students visited the language pathology department at Karin Grech Hospital accompanied by Dr Anthony Licari. The visit was organised with the kind participation of KGH Director Dr Anthony Fiorini and speech pathology specialists Ms Helen Fiorini and Mr Kenneth Delia.



14 December 2010

Sixteen Graduates in Community Nursing Studies Make History

The University of Malta’s graduation ceremony held for students of the Faculty of Health Sciences saw the first graduates who successfully completed a 3 year degree programme in community nursing/midwifery studies. The former Institute of Health Care (now the Faculty of Health Sciences) opened its doors for the first time in 2007 to nurses wishing to specialize in community nursing or midwifery.  This was part of an initiative to develop primary care services by providing professionals specialized in this area.  The aim of the course is to equip students with particular skills needed to work in different community settings such as the home, schools and community based clinics. This course of studies also provides opportunities for these students to work with specialized nurses in the UK, in order to learn about advanced community nursing roles which have taken ground in various European countries.

Community nurses in Malta presently carry out a variety of specialized work. This includes detailed health needs assessments of individuals in their homes, during which they may identify physical and/or psycho-social needs. Nurses then plan how these needs may be met by the nursing team or other professionals. At health centres nurses carry out emergency care. They are also involved in follow up care and education which they carry out with doctors in health centre clinics, such as diabetes clinics. Community nurses also run specialized clinics independently such as glaucoma clinics and immunization clinics.  School nurses on the other hand are involved in developmental screening and health surveillance of school children, while community midwives carry out post natal home visits.    

The Faculty of Health Science is currently running another degree programme in community nursing care and plans to continue providing this opportunity for study in the future.  



09 December 2010

Creativity in Engineering Design (17 Nov.)

On Wednesday the 17 November 2010 the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Malta together with the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) UK, Malta Branch, held a Public Lecture on Creativity in Engineering Design at the Faculty of Engineering.

The Public Lecture was presented by Prof. Dr Ing. Peter Leibl, a professor at the Department of Precision and Micro Mechanics, Munich, University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Following a short introduction by Dr Ing. Philip Farrugia, regional coordinator of the IED Malta Branch, Prof Leibl gave a lecture on Creativity in Engineering Design. In his presentation Prof. Leibl highlighted the fact that high cost countries have a high pressure on the engineering design process to be successful in a worldwide market.  This leads to the need of developing processes and methods to develop competitive products. This in itself has to be reflected in the engineers’ education. Prof Leibl explained how this education in one part is the theoretical background received during the study courses at Universities and another is the use and combination of this knowledge. Prof Leibl went on to present how at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, during the last years, concepts for bachelor and master study courses were developed to fulfil these requirements. The presentation showed such projects in detail. The project partners included not only Universities, but others, such as partners from industry. A summary and the targets for the future are given were also presented.

The Public Lecture was well attended with a student audience, engineers from industry, University lecturers and staff, and IED Members. Following the public lecture some refreshments were served, and the audience continued their discussions with Prof Leibl.


09 December 2010

Dr Michael Aquilina Award

The Institute for Physical Education and Sport (IPES) of the University
of Malta

During the  first Institute for Physical Education and Sport conference on ‘The Role of Physical Activity and Sport in Society’ held recently at the Radisson Blu, St.Julians, the Dr Michael Aquilina Award for academic excellence was bestowed by H.E. Amb. Comm. Dr George Buttigieg, of The Malta Institute of Cultural Studies (MIOCS) to Ms Lisa Camenzuli, in recognition of her outstanding achievements throughout the B.Ed. PE course.

Dr Buttigieg emphasised, in a short speech, the importance of academic excellence and said that it was for this reason that MIOCS supported the award and endeavoured to gather and disseminate knowledge on tradition and history in Malta and beyond. Ms Marlene Aquilina, wife of the late Dr Aquilina, his son Vittorio and his daughter Tiziana attended this presentation.



06 December 2010

Foreign Students learn Maltese

Six ERASMUS students have successfully completed an ERASMUS Intensive Language Course (EILC), held between the 6 September and 1 October 2010. 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 Malta University Language School of the University of Malta.

The course was open for ERASMUS students following a mobility period at the University of Malta during the current academic year 2010/11. The EILC aims to provide students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge of the Maltese Language. The students followed 60 hours 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.

The presentation of certificates was held at the Council Room, Rector’s Office at the University of Malta.  Presenting the certificates were Pro Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Alfred J. Vella and the Deputy Director of the International & EU Office, Ms. Anna Callus.  Also present were Dr. Maureen Cole, Rector’s Delegate for International Students’ Well-being,  Mr. Gianfranco Selvaggi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Malta University Holding Co. Ltd, Ms. Michelle Gialanze, Director, Malta University Language School, Mr Godfrey Magri, course tutor, Ms Alison Bone and Ms Angele Patiniott from the International & EU Office.

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