The keynote speaker was Prof. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. The Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat, who was abroad on government business, addressed the conference via a pre-recorded message recalling his days as a former student of the Department.
Other interventions were made by Dr Adrian Delia, Leader of the Opposition, Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, experts on the Digital Age, and members of the Department’s full-time academic staff. The Hon Claudette Buttigieg, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives’ concluding remarks underscored the conference theme’s importance and encouraged politicians and other leaders to analyse governance in the digital age and the values that are being transmitted within the broader society.
One of its publishing initiatives is entitled Public Life in Malta, of which the first two volumes are already available in the market. It features scholarly works written by academics and research students encompassing a range of themes related to Maltese politics, governance, policy and public affairs. Furthermore, the Department has regularly organised a number of conferences, seminars and workshops featuring prominent Maltese academics and policy practitioners, as well as foreign expertise.