Before joining the University of Malta's International School for Foundation Studies, Mr. Bugeja had a teaching career in Independent Schools locally and abroad. Starting his English teaching career in Milan, Italy, in 1995, Mr. Bugeja followed this up with a teaching post in Madrid, Spain and then worked at Verdala International School in Malta, which helped increase his interest in International Education.
He read for his undergraduate degree at the University of Malta which he followed with a P.G.C.E. with English and a Masters in International Education at the University of Bath, U.K. Following his work experience, Mr. Bugeja hopes to read for his Ph.D in International Education at UM.
During his teaching career, Mr. Bugeja both attended and held various teacher training workshops within the schools he worked in based on different learner-centred practices. He is a firm believer in the power of reflection and its benefit as a learning tool for his students. Other areas of interest include critical thinking, textual analysis and linguistics. Having taught English Language and Literature for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Verdala International School for 7 years has helped Mr. Bugeja appreciate the benefits of international mindedness and globalization within education, an area he would like to explore in the local educational field. He has also been an IBDP examiner for the last three years.
Research is, of course, a large part of Mr. Bugeja's interest but he also has time for a regular teaching load at the International School for Foundation Studies.