As a dissemination strategy of the Turquoooise project, on 31 October, the SEA-EU Office held a Joint Master's Degree event which brought together members of the UM academic community including academics, administrative staff and students at Dar Manwel Magri in Msida Campus.
The event was opened with welcoming remarks by Prof. Valerie Sollars, Pro-Rector for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, and was chaired by Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino, who spoke about the progress, strengths, and learning outcomes of the two Joint Master's Degrees being set up within the framework of the SEA-EU Alliance: Turquoooise, of which he is the coordinator, and MIPMAL.
Turquoooise is an ERASMUS+ funded EMDM project that will offer a Master's degree in the Sustainable Management of Organisations, inspired by the uncertain environment of the sea, and that combines our trans-European expertise in management disciplines. MIPMAL will be a Master's degree in Port Management and Logistics that encourages interest in ‘blue growth’ and related maritime and marine sectors, from operational (private sector), regulatory (public sector), and civil society perspectives.
This space was also key to learning about other initiatives in which the University of Malta has and is participating, where speakers such as Prof. Anna Khakee and Mr Christian Debono shared their experiences in joint programmes such as NOHA and FLOURISH, respectively, and how these have impacted and transformed higher education and society as a whole, and some stakeholders also spoke about the importance of these initiatives to face the challenges of today's world.
The Office of the Academic Registrar was also present, and represented by Deputy Registrar Ms Jo-Anne Attard. She spoke about the steps to be taken in order to issue a dual degree, as well as the academic and administrative challenges that these bring with them. The Research Support Services Directorate, represented by Senior Manager, Ms Angie Mifsud, closed the event by giving an overview of funding available for joint master's initiatives and other projects under the ERASMUS+ calls.
For more information on the progress of these programmes of study, please visit the SEA-EU website.