University of Malta

Outstanding Past – Bright Future

The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense by the Jesuits in 1592. The College was raised to university status by Grand Master Manoel Pinto de Fonseca in 1769 which makes it one of the oldest universities in the Commonwealth outside the United Kingdom.

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution of the State. There are some 11,000 students, including over 750 international/exchange students from some 80 different countries, following full-time and part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. The University’s safe and vibrant campus is situated in Msida, just 3kms from the capital, Valletta. Instruction at the University is in English, thus making it a popular destination for international students.

The University is geared towards the infrastructural, industrial and cultural needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields, with over 3,000 students graduating annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general.

The University today has fourteen faculties and a number of institutes and centres. Amongst these are the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking. International Masters Programmes are now also being offered on a Joint or Dual Degree basis, with each Masters being accredited by the University of Malta and at least another leading North American or European University.

There are a number of fields which the University has identified as priority areas. These include Information and Communication Technology and Engineering. A brand new facility housing the Faculty of ICT will be completed in 2013. Enhanced relations with industry continue to be a priority, as does the University’s contribution to the improvement of primary and secondary education and the forging of inter-university links to stimulate international student exchange.

Substantial EU and other external funding has been secured by the  University of Malta for the renewal and upgrading of its laboratories and for research projects that have created links to some of Europe’s most important universities and industrial companies.

The University of Malta is a member of the European Universities Association, The European Access Network, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Utrecht Network, the Santander Network, the Compostela Group and the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

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