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Gwangju Universiade 2015: Final Update

Just over three weeks since the end of the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, the Malta University Sports Club Executive has met with the Senior Management Team for Team Malta at the Games to discuss Malta’s participation at these prestigious games and the results achieved in Gwangju. 

The Universiade are the second highest ranking multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games, with over 12,000 athletes from 143 nations from around the world participating. Malta participated in these Games with a team of 11 athletes and 5 officials. 6 swimmers, 3 athletes, 1 judoka and 1 table tennis player were selected from amongst Malta’s top athletes. Selection was based on a qualifying standard set by the Senior Management Team, while all athletes are students at University or an equivalent institution. The majority of athletes representing Malta are University of Malta students, with one attending MCAST and another studying at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. 

Preparation for the 2015 edition of these games started in early 2014 when the Senior Management Team was set up by the MUSC to work on taking up Malta’s largest contingent ever to participate at a Universiade. In fact, on 12 June 2015, at the Team Launch held at the University of Malta Council Room, Head of Delegation Elena Bajada announced that, with the help of Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport and sponsors Eurosport and Chemimart, the MUSC would be participating in the Universiade with a team of 15, 6 more than the 2013 in Kazan, when Malta returned to the Games after an absence of over 10 years. 

The games opened on 3 July 2015, with the opening ceremony held at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium. Track and Field athlete Daniel Saliba was chosen as flag bearer due to his excellent performances over the 2014-2015 season both on the track and in his studies within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta. 

Competitions started on 4 July. Judoka Isaac Bezzina was the first Maltese in action. He competed in the Men’s -100kg Category, putting up a very good fight against his Chinese opponent. In fact, he was winning the fight till an erroneous technical call by the referee which led to Bezzina losing the fight. He then took part in the reparcharge where he put up a balanced fight against a competitor from Uzbek who terminated the game by winning by ippon.

Swimming competitions were held at Nambu University International Aquatic Centre, a venue built specifically for the games, from 4 to 10 July. Unfortunately performances in the pool were lacking, probably due to the fact that all six swimmers competed very well at the 2015 National Championships and did not have the time to recover for these games, with just a 5 day break between the two meets, 2 days of which were spent travelling to Korea. Edward Caruana Dingli swam a personal best in the 50m Breaststroke, and season bests in the 50m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley. Daniel Galea and Shanice Cassar were very close to their personal best times in their events, with Cassar missing her best time by 0.10s in the 50m Freestyle. Matthew Galea, Matthew Zammit and Nicola Muscat participated in the freestyle events, however neither of them managed to maintain consistent performances from their strong swims in Malta a week before. The male swimmers also participated in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley, being Malta’s first time participating in a relay event at these games. 

Athletics events were held at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium, which hosted three games from the 2002 Korea and Japan World Cup. Ian Grech, Luke Bezzina and Daniel Saliba took to the track for Malta. Bezzina participated in the 100m and 200m and managed to clock a reaction time of 0.10 in the 100m, an impressive feat from the sprinter. Grech participated in the long jump and triple jump, jumping to a personal best of 14.54m in the triple jump. The games had a sour ending for Saliba; he was scheduled to participate in the 400m and the 400m hurdles, however he fractured his fibula prior to his events. Not knowing he was injured, he participated in the 400m but the injury worsened during his event, and although he ran a very respectable time, he was forced to pull out of the 400m hurdles and was taken to the Medical Centre at the Athletes Village to be seen to.

The last Maltese athlete in action was table tennis player Andrew Gambina who put on Malta’s strongest performance at the games. In the groups stage of the Men’s Singles, Gambina won both his games, defeating his opponents from Latvia and Oman 3-0. He proceeded to the next stage of the competitions where he competed against Jonathan Wang from New Zealand, winning 4-3 and thus proceeding to the top 32 male competitors. This is the furthest Gambina has ever progressed in an international competition of this level, even giving him a high world ranking. Unfortunately he lost his next match against Cheng-ting Liao from Taipei. Deputy Head of Delegation for Sports Clara Castillo praised Gambina’s performance at the Universiades and said that he came to the games as an underdog for Team Malta, but he proved himself by exceeding all expectations and putting on an excellent performance. 

The games came to an end on 14 July with a spectacular closing ceremony held at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium in front of a crowd of 40,000 people. Deputy Head of Delegation for Operations Madeleine Fenech and HG Manager Rhea Cutajar had lots of praise for the organisation of the games. Fenech thanked team attaché Sejin Song for her help throughout Team Malta’s stay in Gwangju while Cutajar commended the Medical Team in Gwangju for their help with Saliba’s injury. 

The 2017 Summer Universiade will be held in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, with 14 sports being competed and up to 200 nations expected to participate. The Malta University Sports Club would like to thank KMS, Eurosport and Chemimart for their support.  


17 August 2015

Courses offered by Malta University Consulting

Malta University Consulting is offering the following courses:

An e-Marketing Course is scheduled to be held from 2 October to 4 December 2015. Lectures will be held  from 1730 to 1930 hrs at the Malta University Residence in Lija. The course is aimed at individuals who are involved in marketing but who have not yet experienced the full depth of e-marketing. Both those who are new to e-marketing and those who have already made use of some online tools will learn about the variety of tools that can be used in digital marketing.
Full details

Introduction to Programming for Games in Unity (21 hours)
Game Development in Unity
The two courses are being offered by Malta University Consulting Ltd in collaboration with the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta.
Full details

MS Excel Course
Malta University Consulting Ltd is organising a 20-hour, 1 weekly session course on MS Excel. This course is scheduled from October to December 2015 and will take place at the IT Services Building, University of Malta, Msida Campus.
Full details

The Art of Public Speaking
A 20-hour course entitled 'The Art of Public Speaking' will be held from Monday 5 October till Monday 30 November 2015 between 1730 and 2000hrs.
Full details

A Course for Dementia Care-giving in the Community
A short course is being organised by the Department of Pathology, University of Malta in collaboration with Malta University Consulting.
Full details

Residential & Day Care Workers Course
A course for residential and day care workers will be held from October 2015 to May 2016, between 1700 and 2000hrs, at the Malta University Residence in Lija.
Full details

Pharmacognosy & Herbal Products
A course on pharmacognosy and herbal products, organised by Malta University Consulting, will be held between 9 September and 10 December, 2015.
Full details


19 August 2015

International Master in Adult Education for Social Change

The application to the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 1, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMDs), titled ‘International Master in Adult Education for Social Change’,  has been selected for EU co-funding. Only 15 out of 76 applications were selected.

The good news comes with a budget of close to EUR3,000,000. University of Glasgow is the lead partner. The Faculty of Education, through the members of the newly-established Department of the Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, will play a very prominent role. The other partners in the consortium are the Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus) and Tallinn University (Estonia). 

The degree is scheduled to start in October 2016.


06 August 2015

Master of Science in Family Medicine



19 August 2015

Admissions 2015 - Important Notice



05 August 2015

Master of Science in Public Health



14 August 2015

Master in Access to Education



14 August 2015

LL.M. in European Business Law



14 August 2015

Doctorate in Pharmacy



14 August 2015

B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology



14 August 2015

B.A. in Arabic



10 August 2015

Master of Arts in Documentary Heritage and Melitensia Studies



05 August 2015

New Master Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture

The University of Malta, in collaboration with the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is offering a new course leading to a Master Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Culture. This course will enable qualified medical practitioners and health-care professionals in the fields of nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy to understand the essential theory of Chinese medicine, to be familiar with the knowledge and techniques of acupuncture, and to safely manage common appropriate conditions through the use of acupuncture. 

During the one-year course, teaching in the speciality is imparted from multidisciplinary, individual and population-based perspectives. Topics include: An outline of Chinese Culture, Basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diagnostics in Chinese Medicine, Channels and Acupoints, Needling and Moxibustion Techniques, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy, Experimental Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Traditional Medicine and Culture.

The course will facilitate learning within a structured framework and on completion participants should be able to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine as a form of therapy to complement modern Western clinical practice, or as a subject for scientific research within their clinical work or speciality.

For more information one may click here or send an email to:

Applications are open and will be received until Wednesday, 30 September 2015.  One may apply online here.

A number of scholarships may be available for this course.


29 July 2015


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