University of Malta Official Merchandise
on all University branded Nike clothing
throughout the month of March
more than 35% off
(until stocks last)
Items can be purchased from the shop at Student House, Msida Campus, the DegreePlus Office and the Communications & Alumni Relations Office, Msida Campus or from the Malta University Residence, Lija.
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06 March 2014
National Epilepsy Conference
National Epilepsy Conference
22 February 2014
Epilepsy is more than just seizures
The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, together with the Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association, organised the National Epilepsy Conference 2014 on 22 February 2014. This conference highlighted the profound effect that epilepsy can have on people’s lives, and that this goes way beyond the disability borne of actual seizures. It emphasised that stigma in epilepsy caused discrimination, inequality, social exclusion and employment problems and concluded that improvements in employment legislation, access to treatment, education and funding for research were necessary to better the quality of life of persons with epilepsy.
The conference had the theme that Epilepsy is more than just seizures. Epilepsy is often a hidden medical condition which requires several varying medical and support services and can greatly affect a person’s social and personal life. There are over 3,000 persons who have been diagnosed with epilepsy in Malta and Gozo.
Addressing the conference, Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo said that it was important to ensure that children with epilepsy are integrated into the school learning environment and that educators and employers are made more aware of the realities of epilepsy.
The conference was opened by Prof. Roger Ellul-Micallef, Head, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Malta with welcome remarks by Mgr Carm Farrugia, A/Director, Caritas Malta and Mr Mario Dimech, President, Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association. The keynote speech was given by Prof. Phil Smith, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff UK while Ms Christine Bennett, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse, UK discussed the role of the epilepsy nurse.
A round table scenario was chaired by MEP David Casa, Vice President of the European Advocates for Epilepsy Working Group, while Conference workshops discussed issues including medical needs and how epilepsy nurses can help and address children’s needs. Participants in the round table included Dr Doriette Soler, Ms Victoria Dimech, Mr Matthew Attard, Mr Frank Portelli and Prof. Janet Mifsud, Vice President Europe, International Bureau for Epilepsy.
The conference also dealt with the mismatch between visible disability and perceived disability which is never greater than for epilepsy, where, for more than 99% of the time, patients are not having seizures and appear to be perfectly well and healthy. Yet the concern that a seizure may occur leads to perceptions of stigma, mood change, avoidance behaviour, lifestyle changes and generally reduced quality of life. This was aggravated by restrictions on driving privileges and society’s limitations to certain aspects of education and employment. The conference stressed that epilepsy is different and special, and cannot be simply bracketed together with other chronic neurological conditions. Despite advances in understanding and effective management of epilepsy, it remains under a shadow of stigma. The conference recognised that while epilepsy is a symptom, not a disease, many people with epilepsy find themselves defined by their condition as being 'epileptic', in a way that would appear inappropriate for the symptoms of other conditions such as dementia or pain.
Epilepsy has a low public profile: there are almost no celebrities or people in the public eye disclosing their condition of epilepsy and so, few positive role models for people with epilepsy to follow. There are many conditions that resemble epilepsy (most commonly syncope and psychogenic events) and even epilepsy itself comprises many conditions with many and varied aetiologies.
The emerging genetic basis of some of the epilepsies indicate that epilepsy will eventually be recognised as many thousands of different conditions. Epilepsy management traditionally falls to many different specialties including neurology, psychiatry, paediatrics, general practice, emergency units, and obstetrics. There is no specific test for epilepsy and diagnosis of seizures and the assessment of level of control of seizures depends crucially upon the history. The lack of a specific test means that non-epilepsy conditions are often erroneously treated as epilepsy. Furthermore, with no test available, just taking antiepileptic medication may be enough to imprint the label of epilepsy. Co-morbidities are very common, especially behavioural changes in children, and anxiety and depression in adults. Antiepileptic drugs are often blamed, although they are not always at fault. It is crucial for patients that their clinicians should maintain an appreciation of the broader aspects of epilepsy and its effects on lifestyle, and to teach trainees to think more broadly than counting seizures, adjusting medication and reinforcing driving restrictions.
The organisers would like to acknowledge the kind support of:
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK Malta)
The Alfred Mizzi Foundation
Dolmen Hotel Resort
Central Bank of Malta
Dr and Mrs Spillane
from left to right: Ms Anna Callus, Prof. Phil Smith, Prof. Roger Ellul Micallef, the Hon Evarist Bartolo, Mgr Carm Farrugia, Mr Mario Dimech
from left to right: Prof. Roger Ellul Micallef, Prof. Phil Smith, the Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Mr Mario Dimech, Mgr Carm Farrugia
05 March 2014
Erasmus+ the EU’s flagship education and training programme, emphasises student and staff mobility and European co-operation involving higher education institutions and other key players in the knowledge-based economy. It supports the creation of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through increased mobility. This allows for more innovation, growth and jobs in the EU.
During these past years, over 1.5 million students have benefited from the Erasmus programme, by enabling themselves to step out of their comfort zones; to explore new cultures, interact with international students, and by acquiring new learning skills which would all help them in their careers.
With the Erasmus+ programme, exchanges between Partner Institutions are expected to increase, as it will also continue to provide exposure to different cultures. The new programme will also go on strengthening the collaborations with other Universities or Higher Educational Entities.
Two Erasmus+ Information sessions will be held at the University if Malta, on Tuesday 11 March 2014 at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall, and on Thursday 13 March 2014 at the KSU Common Room (near canteen), at 1000hrs.
Students interested in taking part in an Erasmus+ mobility programme during the coming academic year 2014/15 may submit an application form to the International & EU Office by hand from Monday 10 March 2014. The application deadline is Tuesday 25 March 2014. Late application forms will not be accepted.
The International & EU Office is in Room 105, Administration Building, Msida Campus.
Telephone: 2340 3416 Email
For further information one may visit the website
06 March 2014
2013 – A Renaissance at the Faculty of Laws
For the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta, the year 2013 signifies a renaissance in legal publications. Nine books have been published by academic members of the Faculty and this without even taking into account other publications such as book chapters, papers in peer reviewed journals, both local and foreign and articles in magazines and newspapers. The Maltese legal system is a unique legal system composed of civil law, British Statutory Law, European Union Law and international law which are incorporated into our law. The Maltese legal system is a mixed system of law which has nourished itself from the above-mentioned four legal systems. Sometimes it does happen that the interaction between the four sources of our legal system interact harmoniously; at other times tensions manifest themselves and essentially it is up to the legislator and the courts to try and ease out such conflicts. Using different and sometimes contrasting sources for our legal system makes the interpretation of the law a complex business. At times, it is not possible to look up English textbooks, journal papers and cases to understand Maltese Public Law deriving from British Statutory Law or Italian and French textbooks, journal papers and cases to comprehend Maltese Private Law deriving from the civil law family of legal traditions. The situation is no longer clear cut as it used to be during the times of the Knights of St. John where only one legal system prevailed – the civil law legal system which traces its origin back to Roman Law. Today, Roman Law, though still relevant for the study of Maltese Private Law has been supplemented by English Law, European Union Law and Public International Law. The natural consequence of all this inter-breeding between the diverse sources of Maltese Law implies that we need to develop our own textbooks and legal teaching materials to better explain the niceties and complexities of what is today the Maltese Legal System.
The year 2013 has indeed been a fruitful year for the development of textbooks and legal publications on Maltese Law. Nine books have been published on diverse areas of the law. Judge Professor David J. Attard, University Chancellor, wrote a book explaining Maltese Law in a very easy and comprehensible manner. The Maltese Legal System, Volume I, published by the Malta University Press, provides an excellent introduction to the study of Maltese Law. As Judge Giovanni Bonello states in the back cover blurb to Professor Attard’s opus, ‘so far we have somehow done without it. After its publication we may well ask how that was at all possible’.
Professor Raymond Mangion has written a two-part volume on the Speakers’ Rulings in the Parliament of Malta, First Volume, The Legislative Assembly 1921-1924. This publication has won the National Book Council’s first prize in the category of ‘Research and General Books’. Moreover, the National Book Council has given national recognition not only to the author but even to the House of Representatives and the University of Malta as co-publishers of this book. Like Professor Attard’s monograph, this book is published by the Malta University Press.
Notary Dr Mark A. Sammut, Advocate Dr David A. Borg and Maitre Patrick Cuignet penned a book which summarises all the case law of the European Court of Human Rights where Malta was a defendant. Malta at the European Court of Human Rights 1987-2012 was written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the European Convention Act, the law which was drafted by Judge Giovanni Bonello to incorporate the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms into Maltese Law.
The Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Laws, Dr Simone Borg’s Conservation on the High Seas: Harmonizing International Regimes for Sustainable Use of Living Resources, New Horizons in Energy Law and Environmental Law is a very important publication for the Faculty of Laws as this publication, apart from other merits, has been published abroad, by Edward Elgar Publishers, in England.
President Emeritus Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici wrote An Introduction to the Law of Education. The Malta University Press has also published this book consisting in an indispensable vademecum for all those interested in deepening their knowledge of Maltese and international education law.
Judge Professor Eugene Buttigieg, Associate Professor in the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Laws, edited Rights and Remedies for the Consumer in the European Union whilst Dr Robert Attard has updated his book on Principles of Maltese Income Tax Law.
Judge Philip Sciberras has published the first volume of an encyclopaedia in the form of a jurisprudential and doctrinal collection of case law and materials organised alphabetically relating to the terminology contained in the Civil Code entitled L-Alfabett tal-Kodiċi Ċivili, Volum A. This volume covers legal terminology beginning with the letter “A”.
The present author has co-authored a book together with Professor Pietro Iaquinta, a resident academic at the University of Calabria, Italy, entitled Il Sistema Ambiente, Tra Etica, Diritti Ed Economia, published by Casa Editrice Dott. Antonio Milani, CEDAM, in Milan, Italy.
Hopefully 2014 will be as productive as 2013 was in so far as the publication of legal literature of very high quality is concerned. In this way, the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta continues to assist in the study, research, analysis and development of the Maltese Legal System in all its intricacies.
Professor Kevin Aquilina is the Dean of the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta.
05 March 2014
Invitation to Fifth Formers and Parents
The University Junior College is inviting the public, especially fifth form secondary school students and their parents, to the College on Friday 28 March between 1730hrs and 2100hrs. This is an opportunity to meet the subject co-ordinators and see the facilities and services offered at the College. The College orchestra and drama group will be giving short performances.
04 March 2014
Award for Best Accountancy Student at Junior College
Mr Peter J. Baldacchino, Head of Department of Accountancy, from the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, University of Malta, presented Ms Maria Fenech with an award sponsored by the Accounting department at UoM during an event held at JC on Wednesday 19 February. Ms Fenech achieved the highest mark in Advanced level Accountancy last year.
During the event Mr Baldacchino also gave a presentation focused on Accountancy as a career and the structure of the Bachelor in Commerce degree as well as the Masters in Accountancy at the UoM.
from left: Mr Peter J. Baldacchino, Head, Department of Accountancy, Ms Maria Fenech and Mr Anton Pace, Coordinator, Accounting Department, Junior College
04 March 2014
Ancient Wisdom - Lessons of Life for the 21st Century
Students from the University Junior College recently returned from a trip to the medieval town of Fermo, in the Marche region of Italy. This was the first stage of an exciting Comenius project: 'Ancient Wisdom - Lessons of life for the 21st Century’ supported by the Junior College Eurocentre. The two-year project brings together students from Italy, Malta, Germany and the UK to research legends from their respective countries and explore the relevance of these ancient tales in the present day context.
The students were hosted by the I.T.I.S. Montana College in Fermo. It was a week packed with exciting activities including workshops and debates that highlighted the characteristics of legends, and their role in understanding present-day issues. The official logo of the project was chosen from a number of submissions by all participating countries and the winning one was submitted by the Junior College. An interview with students from the four countries appeared in 'Il Resto del Carlino’, a popular regional news portal. The group led by Dr Vella Briffa from the Department of English and Mr Vella from the Department of History also visited many places of interest in Fermo and Rome.
04 March 2014
University of Malta launches Careerplus Job and Placement E-service
A new e-service, offered by the University of Malta, will help bridge the gap between University and the world of work. Through Careerplus
, employers can now promote both job and placement opportunities for students and University alumni.
The easy-to-use Placement Scheme section will help put employers with placement opportunities in touch with students. Placements, which may be paid or unpaid, are meant to provide students with the opportunity to spend some time with a company or institution where they can perform tasks or shadow employees and managers so as to get hands-on experience of a particular area of work. The site is very straightforward and the University is looking forward to receiving information about Placements in every field.
The Jobs Connect section of the Careerplus website is aimed at employers of all kinds. It will give them the opportunity to find talented, committed and motivated students and graduates with skills that fit the job that they can offer.
Once jobs or placements are posted, individual students may apply direct to the employer as indicated on the posting.
The University’s Communications & Alumni Relations Office, the Knowledge Transfer Office and DegreePlus are the coordinators of this project. DegreePlus is sponsored by Bank of Valletta.
03 March 2014
Scholarships for M.Sc. in Applied Oceanography
Scholarships offered for the M.Sc. in Applied Oceanography
The University of Malta is offering three scholarships to support qualified students to follow the course. Scholarships are offered to three categories:
- local student
- foreign student from an EU country
- foreign student from a non-EU country
The scholarships cover bench fees, tuition fees and a maintenance grant of 1500 Euro (only in case of foreign students).
31 March 2014 (foreign applicants)
30 April 2014 (local applicants)
for full details.
for more details on the course or write to Prof. Aldo Drago
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospective students are encouraged to find their own funding. Paying students can apply for the course directly from www.um.edu/mt/apply
13 February 2014
Three Short Course by MaKS
Introduction to Photoshop
course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks,
including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery,
retouching, combining multiple images, layers, adjustment layers,
blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Click here for more info.
Introduction to Vector Illustration
This course covers the elements that make up vector graphics (paths, strokes, and fills) while showing how to use each of the drawing tools, and demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths and organise them into groups and layers. The course also covers text editing, working with color, effects, and much more.
Click here for more info.
Introduction to Screenwriting
An awareness of screenwriting as a craft in different production genres.
An understanding of:
- what makes a cinematic story (language of cinema)
- what makes a story great (emotional journey)
- story's structure and its theme (spine)
- the difference between plot‐driven and character‐driven story.
The ability to:
- write an outline, synopsis, proposal, and a treatment
- write and format screenplays, scripts, and teleplays
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14 February 2014
University Offers Short Course in Marine Biology
The University of Malta's Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, is offering a short course in Marine Biology, titled 'Topics in Marine Biology', which will be held between 26 March and 25 May 2014. This two 'ECTS' credits course follows 'An Introduction to Marine Biology', which has been held annually since 2012 and turned out to be very successful. Lectures will be held on Wednesdays between 1800hrs and 2000hrs, and practical sessions (2) will be held on Saturdays.
Topics in Marine Biology covers topics such as: physical and biological aspects of the marine environment, changing patterns of species in the Mediterranean, marine vegetation, human influence on the marine environment, fisheries biology, aquaculture and marine conservation biology. The course is open to candidates who have successfully completed the course 'An Introduction to Marine Biology' or to those who hold a certificate in intermediate biology or equivalent.
Lectures will be held between 1800hrs and 2000hrs, while practical sessions (2) will be held on Saturdays from 0900hrs to 1300hrs. One of the practical sessions will make use of a vessel and will be made offshore. It will involve collection of data and demonstrations on the use of remote sampling gear used in marine biological studies.
For further information please contact: Ms Michaela Stivala, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Malta, on telephone number: +356 2340 2272 or by email
28 February 2014
10 March 2014