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Two Courses on Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal

MUHC is organising two courses on Paul Freire and Augusto Boal in May and June 2014. The courses are entitled 'Paulo Freire u Augusto Boal: Mill-Pedagoġija għat-Teatru tal-Oppressi' and 'Augusto Boal u t-Teatru tal-Oppressi'.

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16 April 2014

Malta-based Game Research Comes First in European Funding Proposals

A University of Malta research project was recently ranked first from over one thousand EU research proposals from all disciplines in the Marie Curie strand of the EU’s FP7 programme. The AutoGameDesign project, directed by Prof. Georgios N. Yannakakis of the Institute of Digital Games, aims to investigate how machines can automatically design complete playable games that are novel and surprising to humans. The project will also investigate the relationship between human and computational creativity, placing Malta in a prominent position on the world map of research into computational creativity.

This project is not the only success of the Institute of Digital Games, which has secured around one million in funds for the development of game research in Malta over the last year.

The institute is currently involved in four EU funded projects in the areas of game artificial intelligence and game design, participating as a partner in two ICT projects (C2Learn, iLearnRW) and leading two Marie Curie projects (AutoGameDesign, Reflect) around the areas of game artificial intelligence and game design. The projects investigate different uses for artificial intelligence technology in the design of games that foster the creativity of students (C2Learn) and assist students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia (iLearnRW). Games developed from these projects are planned to be tested in Maltese classrooms across the country during 2015 and are expected to have an immediate impact on current pedagogical approaches with respect to both creativity and dyslexia. 

Prof. Yannakakis stated, 'it has been the ideal start for my team and the institute; securing those research funds allowed us to hire internationally renowned people in the areas of game artificial intelligence and game design and boost the impact of the institute’s research internationally. The benefits of this effort are already visible as both the games we develop and the algorithms we introduce have been receiving several awards in top-notch conferences/competitions in the area.'

For more information visit the website.


Ashley Davis
Institute of Digital Games
Tel: +356 2340 3510


15 April 2014

The Valletta2018 Secretariat

The Valletta2018 Secretariat was set up last November at the University of Malta campus. The Secretariat aims at being the Valletta2018 Foundation's physical representation on campus and will be responsible in dealing with the administration involved in the research collaboration with UoM. The Secretariat is currently located at the Institute of Travel Tourism and Culture Room 334.

The Secretariat's main objectives are: (i) to disseminate information on Valletta2018 and on other European Capitals of Culture to students and academics (ii) to create general awareness raising on culture. The Secretariat will also be liaising with those academics and students who are directly or indirectly involved or would like to be involved in Valletta2018.

Academics and students who would like to contribute towards this programme or require further information are kindly requested to call the Secretariat on +356 2340 3737


01 April 2014

Family Business Governance and Succession Planning Programme

Malta University Consulting Ltd in collaboration with 2M Management Consultancy Ltd is holding a course on Family Business Governance and Succession Planning Programme.

This programme is targeted towards members of progressive families who are involved in business together, or employees who want to gain the technical knowledge on how a family enterprise can get organised and ensure a future in business together.  It is aimed at everyone who is involved in a family business, whether as a family member, service provider, owner, director, successor, manager or employee and aspiring family entrepreneurs.

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11 April 2014

The 2nd International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF 2014)

More than 80 participants from 30 different Countries attended IWBF 2014 held at the University of Malta Valletta Campus on 27 and 28 March which was opened by the Commissioner of Police.

It was organised by the European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IC1106 'Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age' and the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) in collaboration with the Malta Council for Science and Technology, the University of Malta and the Malta Police Force.

Workshop opening, Commissioner of Police Dr Peter Paul Zammit addressing participants, from right Professor Janet Mifsud (COST National Co-ordinator), Professor Massimo Tistarelli (Chair of COST Action IC1106), Dr Ing. Reuben Farrugia (Chair of IWBF2014), Inspector Raymond Cassar (Co-Chair of IWBF2014)

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) and European Association for Biometrics (EAB). The proceedings will be made available on IEEE Xplore. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended and updated version for consideration for publication in the IET Biometrics journal. 

27 papers were selected and included in the technical program. Sessions included Forensic Fingerprint Identification, Biometric Analysis of Crime Scene traces and their interpretation including palmprints, Audio Biometrics for Forensic Examination including speaker recognition and Physical Biometrics for Forensic Examination including iris recognition and gait. 

Keynote invited speakers included: Prof. Sargur Srihari (University at Buffalo) who discussed the quantification of uncertainty in forensic identification of fingerprints and hand written documents;
Prof. Joaquin Gonzalez-Rodriguez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) who gave an overview of the NIST series of speaker recognition evaluations and technologies; and Prof. Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute) who discussed validation of computer assisted methods for forensic evaluation of biometric traces; Dr Andrzej Drygajlo (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) who spoke about the ENFSI 2011 Monopoly Program: Improving Forensic Methodologies Across Europe (IFMAE)

A panel session 'Biometric Evidence Today and Tomorrow' was chaired by Dr Andrzej Drygajlo (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) and panelists included Prof. Sargur Srihari (University at Buffalo), Prof. Didier Meuwly (Netherlands Forensic Institute), Dr Daniel Ramos (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), and Prof. Paulo Labato Correia (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal). The panel was successful in extending the discussion to actively involve the audience.

A poster session included posters about facial imaging and recognition, ear pattern detection and biometric applications.

The workshop provided an international forum to develop synergies between biometrics and forensic science. Many outstanding researchers of both communities (biometrics and forensics), as well as practitioners and students, actively participated in IWBF 2014, contributing to the success of the event.

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11 April 2014

Annual Presentation of Awards by the University’s Department of Accountancy

The Department of Accountancy, Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy recently held this year’s presentation of awards to the Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) 2011/2013 graduate group.  In his introductory speech, the Head of Department, Mr Peter J. Baldacchino, outlined the various departmental developments over the past year and spoke about recent advances in research trends. He also thanked all the sponsors for making the activity possible. Visiting lecturer Dr Andrew Higson of Loughborough University Business School then spoke of his experience as external examiner.

Fifteen different awards and one journal sponsorship were announced by the Dean of FEMA, Professor Joseph Falzon. Award winners were congratulated by Pro Rector Professor Joe Friggieri and then presented awards by the following sponsors: the Malta Institute of Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the National Audit Office, the Central Co-operative Fund, and seven international accountancy firms. Each award winner presented a copy of the study to the sponsor.

The Malta Institute of Accountants Best Student of the Year Prize was awarded by the President of the Malta Institute of Accountants Ms Maria Micallef to Mr Daniel Pule’, who spoke about his experience in the professional accountancy course. 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) prize for the best dissertation was awarded to Ms Margaret Magro for her dissertation 'The Relationship between the Executive Secretary and the Local Government Auditors in Maltese Local Councils'.

This year’s CIMA prize was awarded to Ms Annabel Bonavia for her dissertation 'The Application and Relevance of Sustainability Management Accounting, Sustainability Reporting and Assurance in the Local Market: An Investigative Study'.

Ms Nadya Buhagiar won the Deloitte prize for best dissertation in Taxation 'The Effects of Tax Management on Corporate Governance in Maltese Listed Companies-An Analysis'. The other Deloitte prize, that for best dissertation in the Professional Issues in Accountancy, was won by Mr Justin Borg for his dissertation 'The Development of Audit Fees in Malta: An Analysis'.

This year, EY again awarded two prizes, one on Accounting Standards and one on Information Technology. The former was won by Mr James Psaila for his dissertation 'The Valuation of Property in Malta: Practical Implications of Applying IAS 40 – Investment Property'; the Information Technology Award was won by Mr Matthew Caruana for his dissertation 'A Post-implementation Analysis of ERP systems in Maltese Companies'.

The Grant Thornton prize for Law related to Accounting was awarded to Ms Natasha Bugeja for her dissertation 'Article 5 of the OECD model: The Concept of Permanent Establishment with Special Reference to Malta’s Double Tax Treaties'.

The KPMG Financial Accounting prize was won by Ms Daniela Marie DeBono for her dissertation 'Shifting from the Incurred Loss Model to the Expected Credit Loss Model: An Impact Analysis on Listed Maltese Banks'. The other KPMG prize was in Internal Auditing and Control, this was jointly awarded to both Ms Kristina Caligari for her dissertation 'Barriers to Maltese Internal Audit Units and their work: An Analysis of Public Limited Liability Companies' and Mr Bernard Zerafa for his dissertation 'Controls at Point of Sale Systems in Selected Maltese Restaurants'.

The RSM Malta prize in Finance was also a joint award to both Ms Josianne Abela for her dissertation 'The Management of Working Capital in Maltese Co-operatives: An Evaluation' and Mr Steve Gruppetta for his dissertation 'Developing a Valuation Framework for an Illiquid Security'.

The External Auditing prize sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers was jointly awarded to both Ms Rosalene Caruana whose dissertation was 'The Significance of Selected Behavioural Factors in Client-Initiated Auditor Changes' and to Ms Loraine Grech for her dissertation 'An Analysis of Audit Report Lags in Maltese Companies'.
The other PWC prize was in Corporate Governance and was won by Mr David Muscat for his dissertation 'Separation of Ownership and Control in Non-Bank Maltese Listed Companies: An Analysis'.

The Co-operative Societies prize sponsored by the Central Co-operative Fund, was awarded to Ms Daniela Burlo’ for her dissertation 'Co-operative or Limited Liability Company? A Comparative Analysis in a Maltese Setting'.

Finally, the National Audit Office Public Sector Accounting and Auditing prize was won by Ms Deborah Abela for her study on 'Public-Private Partnerships in Maltese Healthcare: An Evaluation of the Financial Aspects'.

Mr Karl Cini, Partner of Nexia BT, presented the Department of Accountancy, for the second year, with a journal sponsorship in Financial Accountability and Management for use in public sector accounting studies.

Five of the award winners Ms Daniela Burlo’, Mr James Psaila, Mr Justin Borg, Ms Margaret Magro and Mr Daniel Pule’ also presented an interesting synopsis of their studies to the audience present. 

Following the presentation of awards, Pro-Rector, Professor Joe Friggieri spoke about the significance of the occasion. 

Annual Presentation of Awards by the University’s Department of Accountancy
The eighteen winners of the best dissertation awards

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11 April 2014

Will Love Tear Us Apart Nominated for Webby Award

Will Love Tear Us Apart, the latest game by Gordon Calleja, has been nominated for a Webby Award. It was done in conjunction with Mighty Box who are part of the TakeOff Incubator.  

A People's Choice Award is available. To vote click on this link:


09 April 2014

The Edward de Bono Institute at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Between Monday 17 and Thursday 20 March, business leaders from 150 countries gathered in Moscow, Russia, for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2014. The GEC is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world, where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Now in its sixth year, the GEC contributes to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem by bringing together the National Hosts of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which is celebrated every year in November by millions of enterprising individuals around the world.

Malta was represented at the GEC by Dr Leonie Baldacchino, Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, which has been the National Host for GEW since its inception in 2008. Each year, the Institute collaborates with various partner organisations to hold a programme of events to promote entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. In November 2013, over 1,000 people participated in seven events in Malta, including the launch of a handbook on entrepreneurship education, co-authored by Dr Baldacchino and her colleague Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen, and published by St Nicholas College in collaboration with The Edward de Bono Institute; the Malta Startup Weekend finals; a crafts fair on Campus; the Junior Chamber International Best Business Plan Competition finals; two visits to Malta Enterprise for University of Malta students; and the LEAD Events Conference entitled 'People Create: HR’s Contribution to Creativity and Innovation'. Dr Baldacchino discussed the Maltese campaign with the other GEW hosts, celebrated best practice in promoting entrepreneurship, and shared ideas for advancing the GEW campaign in 2014 and beyond.  

Preparations are now underway to plan for this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week which will be held from 17-23 November 2014. The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta, which holds a wide range of courses and events on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and foresight, would like to invite interested parties to join the Maltese GEW campaign, either as official partner organisations or as individual participants. For more information about how to get involved, please send an email

GEC Hosts 
National Hosts of Global Entrepreneurship Week from 150 countries 

Contact Details:
Dr Leonie Baldacchino
The Edward de Bono Institute 
University of Malta 
Tel: +356 21 323981 


09 April 2014

Presentation of Albert M. Cassola Papers to the University Library

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Albert M. Cassola's death, his only son, Professor Arnold Cassola, donated to the University of Malta Library his father's papers. These consist mainly in newspapers cuttings from 1929 onwards, the publications Europe-wide authored by Albert M. Cassola and various handwritten or typewritten texts. 

Albert M. Cassola was born in 1915 and died in 1974. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of his birth. Cassola was a playwright, novelist, poet, translator and the writer of many song lyrics as well. His songs are still broadcast today. His works have been published in various languages. He was awarded the 'Cavaliere Ufficiale al merito della Repubblica Italiana' by the Italian President Giuseppe Saragat. For many years he was a teacher of Italian and Maltese at The Lyceum, Hamrun, and he is remembered by many of his former students as a 'true gentleman'.
A bust of Albert M. Cassola, the work of Chev. Emanuel Borg Gauci, sculpted in 1947, was also donated to the University.

During the event, Dr Bernard Micallef spoke about the Department of Maltese. In his address, Professor Oliver Friggieri described Albert M. Cassola the writer, while Professor Arnold Cassola spoke about his father Albert M. Cassola, the person. Mr Kevin Ellul, Director of Library Services, thanked Professor Cassola for the important donation to the University Library.

Albert Cassola
left to right: Dr Bernard Micallef, Prof. Arnold-Cassola,Mr Kevin-Ellul,Prof. Oliver-Friggieri

Albert Cassola
Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector looking at the bust of Albert M. Cassola


07 April 2014

International Schools on School Bullying and Restorative Justice

The Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta is organizing two one-week summer schools in June -July 2014 at the Valletta Campus. Both summer schools are skills-based and practice-oriented, and are mainly intended for educators and practitioners working with children and young people. The summer schools are accredited by the University of Malta and each carries 4ECTS.

The first summer school is on Bullying, Cyberbullying and Violence in School and is led by Professor Phillip Slee and Dr Grace Skrzypiec, from the Centre for Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence at Flinders University, Australia. It will be held between 23 and 27 June 2014 at the Valletta Campus. Further information including programme and registration form may be found here.

The second summer school is on Restorative Justice Facilitation and is led by Jeannette Holtham and André Zarb-Cousin from the Youth Transformation Centre, Colorado, USA. It will be held between 30 June and 4 July 2014 at the Valletta Campus. Further information, including programme and registration form may be found here.


01 April 2014

Become a Mediator - a foundation course (April 2014)

Dates: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 April 2014 (20 hours)
Time: 1300hrs – 1700hrs
Venue: University Residence, Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija (ample parking space available)
Course registration fee: €236 

Aim and Contents of Course:
Introductory course which serves as a first step towards accreditation as a mediator.  

Course Outline:
This course provides Participants with an introduction to the tools necessary for the conflict management and dispute resolution process in different areas of application. The course introduces the participants to basic theoretical and methodological skills. It provides them with a bird's eye view of the skills necessary in the relevant fields. In particular, Participants will be able to understand the notion of conflict, learn how to analyse conflict and form conflict management strategies. Participants will be introduced to the different methods of dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Through role-play the Participants will appreciate how effective mediation can be for the disputants to deal with their differences and reach an agreement. The course will focus on mediation skills and by the end of the course Participants will be in a position to weigh between different alternatives, handle impasses and be creative in negotiating mutually acceptable agreements. Participants will be presented with case studies of disputes emanating from the work place, family and commercial scenario. The course includes short presentations relating to Restorative Justice, cross-border family mediation and the European Mediator.     

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course Participants will have basic knowledge of conflict management and dispute resolution through various methods (negotiation and mediation).

Delivery Style:
Each lecture involves Power Point presentations which include short films dealing with particular topics of the course, role-play, discussion sessions

Course Tutor:   
Dr Mario Caruana LL.D., CEDR Accredited Mediator, is a lawyer by profession. His practice includes family, civil and commercial mediation. He is visiting lecturer at the University of Malta and lectures 'Theory of Conflict Resolution' to M.A. in Mediation students. He is the founder of ADR (Malta) Centre, a firm providing alternative dispute resolution services (in particular mediation services), and  organises short-courses in Basic Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Skills. His Firm has designed a course for persons who wish to learn more about negotiation, conflict management and dispute resolution skills. 

Participants who attend at least 80% of the sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance issued by Malta University Consulting Ltd.

Course Registraton Fee and Contact Information:
Cheques are to be made payable to Malta University Consulting Ltd
For further information kindly contact:
Malta University Consulting Ltd
Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street
Tel: +356 21240746/9982 9244


14 March 2014


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