During his address, the Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo stated that cooperating with Oracle Academy marks the government’s commitment to improve the quality of the education system to the next level by providing students with the necessary computing skills across all fields.
Through this agreement both the educators and students will have access to computing education resources to enrich their knowledge in innovation, diversity and skills development in technology arenas.
Minister Bartolo said that this is a continuation towards a more holistic educational experience that prepares students for their future employment. In the last years Malta has been at the forefront amongst countries in Europe who had invested heavily in the educational technology aspect to improve the quality of schools by introducing tablet per child and 3D printers. Therefore, advancement in education by having computer science knowledge and skills is fundamental in today’s world, emphasized the Minister for Education and Employment.
Oracle Academy offers students and educational institutions a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources, while enabling students to acquire the 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, analysis, curiosity, communication and collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
“Computer science skills are critical for the growth of the Maltese economy,” said Michael Balzan,Country Leader Oracle Malta. "Collaborating, both with the Ministry of Education and the higher education institutions in Malta through Oracle Academy, helps us support students and teachers in computer science to advance their IT skills and create new educational and career pathways”.
“Today’s announcement continues Oracle’s 25-year legacy in education,” said Jane Richardson, Senior Director, Oracle Academy in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “At Oracle Academy, we believe everyone should have the skills and opportunities to achieve their dreams. We’re thrilled to team with Maltese institutions in a shared mission to advance computing education throughout Malta, and prepare students in the era of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, the Internet of Things, and beyond.”