Named after the University's first Rector
The University of Malta (UM) has officially inaugurated Plaza Costaguti during a ceremony on Friday 29 November 2019.
The area which serves as one of the most frequented open spaces at the University lends its name to the first Rector of the University of Malta, Bishop Roberto Ranieri Costaguti (1732-1818). He was appointed this role by Grandmaster Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in 1769.
During this critical time for the University of Malta, Rector Costaguti was vital in identifying and formulating the University’s statutes and laws, while keeping a close eye on the Institution at its infancy. He served as Rector of the University until 1773, when he left the Maltese Islands, and was later appointed as Bishop of Sansepolcro.
During the ceremony, UM Rector, Professor Alfred J. Vella, expressed his desire for students to recognise the significance a figure like Rector Costaguti had during his tenure, having laid out the foundations of the Institution.