The University of Malta starts its new Academic Year today, with 4,734 new students joining its community.
Over 3,000 students will be following undergraduate courses, while over 1,600 students will be reading for postgraduate degrees.
Over 1,100 students will be joining Junior College, to bring the total number of students to 1,740.
The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, 16 October 2020.
The theme of this year's ceremony was UM students are smart: COVID-19 is not. Beat the virus!.
University Rector, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, addressed attendants present at Sir Temi Zammit Hall as well as all those following remotely via a live-stream of the event. Read the Rector's Speech in its entirety.
Some detailed facts and figures for this academic year
New students, new courses and total number of students International students
A total of 1,407 international students representing 118 different countries will be pursuing studies at the University this year.
Total number of students The total number of students at the University of Malta for academic year 2020-2021 is 11,658, of which 4748 are Male, 6908 Female and 2 Other, following a total of 930 courses.
New courses The University offers students an increasingly large and diverse choice of courses with different areas of study.
New courses and areas of study for this year include:
New Postgraduate Courses
- Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management
- Master of Arts in Management of Social Care Services
- Master of Science in Gerodontology
- Master of Science in Surgical Skills
- Master of Science in Clinical Radiology
New areas of study in Master Courses
- Prevention and Suppression of International Crime at Sea within the Master of Laws
- Evidence-Based Management and Effective Decision Making within the Master of Arts
- Spanish and Latin American Studies within the Master of Arts
- Medicine within the Master of Science
- Dance within the Master in Teaching and Learning
New Undergraduate Courses
- Pre-Tertiary Certificate in the Baroque Culture of the Maltese Islands
- Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People
- Diploma in Education for Cultural Mediation
- Diploma in Maltese History in Context
- Bachelor of Arts offered by the Faculty of Social Wellbeing
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Management
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Governance
New areas of study in Undergraduate courses
- Science for Education and Communication with specialisation in Geosciences within the Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Business Studies (Tourism), Health Sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences), Science (Chemistry), Science (Physics) within the Certificate in Foundation Studies
Lectures for continuing students commenced on 12 October 2020.
Lectures in most cases for year 1 students will commence on 19 October 2020.
The COVID-19 advice and guidelines for both staff and students can be accessed online.
View list of available courses online.