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Renewed Malta Elections Website

The University of Malta will be taking over the Malta Elections website which was set up and maintained by Professor John Lane for several years. The launching of the re-vamped site will take place at IT Services on 15, May at 1800hrs. (room and programme to be announced)

Chris Terry, Research Officer of the Electoral Reform Society, will give a presentation on the experiences of using STV in different countries. Short presentations will also be given by Professor Dominic Fenech on early electoral systems in Malta and by Professor Josef Lauri, jointly with Professor Anton Buhagiar, about a proposed system to address the problems of proportionality faced in Malta's system.


24 April 2014

University of Malta’s First Edition of Postgraduate Prospectus 2014/5

Introduction of course leading to professional doctorate

The University of Malta is offering an increasing number of postgraduate courses. In its efforts to improve the dissemination of information, it has now launched the First Edition of its Postgraduate Prospectus for academic year 2014/5.

'Undertaking postgraduate studies is another step along the path of lifelong learning,' University Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri, said in the Foreword to this publication, when referring to the University’s mandate to increase, year in year out, the number of diverse postgraduate programmes that are offered each academic year. For the first time, the University will also be offering a professional doctorate programme. This is designed for students pursuing professional or industry-based careers.

The Postgraduate Prospectus includes an overview and the entry requirements for each course being offered in the coming academic year, and contains a variety of both taught and research degrees.  Further courses will be announced at a later date. 

The wide-ranging programmes of study are intended to attract not only individuals who are completing their first degree and wish to develop their knowledge further but also those who have been working for a number of years and are now either considering resuming their studies if they are also in possession of a degree or are seeking to complement their professional expertise with academic knowledge. 

The publication, which is compiled and edited by the Office of the Registrar, with the collaboration of the Communications & Alumni Relations Office, also highlights the services available for all prospective and current students, and gives an insight into student life on campus.

The Postgraduate Prospectus may be downloaded by clicking here. Printed copies may be collected either from the Admissions & Records Office at the Administration Building, Msida Campus or from the University Campuses in Gozo and Valletta.  

Online applications are now open and are available at


23 April 2014

Microsoft Malta, University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

MicrosoftMicrosoft Innovation Center Resources Extended to TAKEOFF, the University of Malta Business Incubator

On Monday, 21 April 2014, Microsoft Malta and the University of Malta signed a Memorandum of Understanding that effectively establishes an alliance between the Microsoft Innovation Centre and the University of Malta Business Incubator, TAKEOFF.

The agreement was signed by Adrianna Zammit, Country Manager of Microsoft Malta and Prof. Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta and is in line with the vision shared by both parties which seeks to foster knowledge transfer in technology and business skills through training, workshops, software products testing, demonstrations, and through providing logistical infrastructure for innovation-driven Micro-, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the ICT sector.

Through this MOU, Microsoft Malta and the University of Malta, through joint program activities, training, promotional and networking events and educational activities will be assisting in the creation of sustainable businesses by providing business incubation facilities, infrastructure, resources and support to create innovative new products and services, bring those products and services to the market and support the fostering of well-managed competitive businesses, develop a qualified workforce and maintain their expertise.

“This memorandum of understanding effectively seals Malta’s University as an active and prime partner of our Microsoft Innovation Center where we will be providing working space, hardware, software and further training opportunities for all program tenants selected by the Joint Steering Group of University’s Business Incubator,” said Adrianna Zammit after the signing of the agreement.

“Although this agreement is being signed today, our collaboration with University is far from new. We have enacted the Azure Educator Grant to two lecturers and 30 students, that consisted in data storage and related services with a total value of $40,000, we hosted an IT Pro Camp at the MIC by setting up cloud computer engineering labs running on Microsoft Cloud platform. Students were immersed in real life challenges in building a Private Cloud platform utilising the latest Microsoft software. Other initiatives included the Million Dollar Idea weekend held at MIC and various technology talks held at the ICT Faculty on Microsoft’s Public cloud platform through which we are bridging the gap between academia and industry,” added Adrianna Zammit.

Prof. Juanito Camilleri said that “the aim of the TAKEOFF facility and programme is to deliver a tailored package of benefits and guidance to entrepreneurs from inside and outside of the University that will allow them to transform their ideas into market- and investor-ready ventures. The alliance with Microsoft Malta broadens the resources and support provided through TAKEOFF by connecting start-ups to Microsoft’s worldwide network of Innovation Centers specialising in access to resources, experts and facilities for collaboration and skills development.”

Microsoft UoM MOU
from left: Prof. Juanito Camilleri Rector, University of Malta and Ms Adriana Zammit, Country Manager of Microsoft Malta

Through this MoU, the University of Malta will provide access and use of working space within the University Business Incubator to MIC program tenants selected by the Joint Steering Group, will offer business mentorship, networking opportunities, events and activities, and other support services and resources to MIC program participants selected by the Joint Steering Group. University will also offer entrepreneurship training and education programs to MIC program participants and to Microsoft staff and collaborate with Microsoft during MIC activities.


Microsoft Innovation Centre

Edward Portelli, Business Development Manager
T. +356 22897234
Ben McClure, TAKEOFF Manager
T. +356 2340 3608


22 April 2014

Transmedia Storytelling Leads to International Markets


People of all ages like to tell stories and to have stories told to them. Evenings on Campus is again exploring this world of the storyteller by organising the 2nd Transmedia Storytelling Competition.

Participants are invited to write a story, which will then develop into multiple storylines according to the various media platforms used. The idea is not to present the same story in as many different forms of media as possible, but to allow it to develop in the way each medium does best and carve out narrative structures that allow for different stories to be woven within the same world.  

This is an interdisciplinary competition and it is open to anyone, local or overseas, from transmedia experts to absolute beginners. There is no age limit on either the participants or on the target audience.

The story has to include work on at least two media platforms, ideally with supporting material to illustrate. Participants will be provided with a template to follow so as to aid with the submission of the project. An information meeting is being held on Friday, 25 April at 1700hrs till 1930hrs at Msida Campus, Gateway Building Hall A. More about the Transmedia Project may be found on Facebook, Evenings on Campus page, by calling on +356 2340 2142 or by email

Submissions are to be handed in by noon on Friday 1 August, 2014 to:
Room 133
Administration Building
University of Malta, Msida Campus.  

The winner, or winning team, will have the opportunity of a mentorship programme that will last a whole month, during which the narrative can be redeveloped and strengthened with a seasoned professional team. During this period, a clear roll out and financing strategy will be delineated and the story expanded. The winning team will be thoroughly prepared to take their narrative to the international market.

All participants will be given a Certificate of Participation, and the competition will give the entrants an opportunity to pitch their talents and showcase their creativity in front of an audience, and receive feedback from the judges, which might give the possibility of opening up further opportunities.

Projects will be judged on the basis of creativity, style, language and innovation in the use of the different media selected. A documentary will be filmed in the run-up to the event which will include participation from the teams involved. This will be shown during a dedicated event of Evenings on Campus, where the winner or winning team will be announced and the participants will showcase their projects.


21 April 2014

NOW LAUNCHED - Foundation and Advanced Courses in Exercise and Fitness

The Institute for Physical Education and Sport, in collaboration with Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport, are once again launching two pre-tertiary certificate courses.

PHE0107: Foundation Course in Exercise and Fitness (6ECTS)
Dates of Course: 7 - 12 July from 08:30 -16:00, Written Exam: Friday, 25 July
This course is aimed at those working or wishing to work in the field of exercise and fitness and at anyone who wants to increase his knowledge on exercise and fitness. For more details kindly click here.

Closing date for the above mentioned course is Friday, 6 June 2014

PHE1117: Advanced Course in Exercise and Fitness (6ECTS)
Dates of Course: 6 – 13 September from 08:30 - 16:00, Written Exam: Friday, 26 September
This course is mainly targeted at all students who have attended the Foundation Course or any other equivalent course.  For more details kindly click here.

Closing date for the above mentioned course is Friday, 1 August 2014

Kindly click here for the application form.

Please fill in the application form and together with your ID Card and with the qualifications necessary for admission of the course, present it to the Institute for PE and Sport, University of Malta by the above mentioned closing dates.

Contact: Sacha Dimech

Phone: 2340 3117,


07 April 2014

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'.

Click here for full details.


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.

Click here for full details.


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

Click here to view more photos.


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

The Edward de Bono Institute joins OI NET

The University’s Edward de Bono Institute joins OI NET, European Network for Open Innovation
The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta has joined OI NET, European Network for Open Innovation, a Lifelong Learning Project funded by the European Union, as a partner.

The three-year project, with a total value of nearly Euro.900,000, commenced on 1 October 2013, under the coordination of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, a university that has been pioneering open innovation research in Finland for around fourteen years. In 2013 LUT became one of the first universities in Europe to offer an Erasmus Intensive Course called 'Open Innovation Clinic', in collaboration with universities from Germany, Hungary, and Estonia, who are also part of OI-Net consortium. 

OI-NET brings together 52 HE and non-HE institutions, including public bodies, enterprises and associations, all active in innovation management, either through teaching and research or through practice, consulting and training. 

All OI-Net partners will be expected to collaborate and to share their expertise on teaching open innovation, to validate their methodologies with colleagues and to collect data from the business sector regarding the demand for graduates with skills and knowledge on open innovation. Additionally, the Common Curricula Framework (CCF) which will be utilised for this project will allow educators to access the pool of teaching material and guidelines compiled as part of the project. The project will reach out to the business world to collect user needs and to collaborate in the development of the teaching materials and guidelines.

The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta is mainly involved in comparing and developing curricula and education on open innovation, and in the dissemination and exploitation of the results of the project. The results of the project will be applied in the Masters Program in Creativity and Innovation which the Institute offers to students (see

The teaching of open innovation is still fragmented and inconsistent. OI-Net will aim to fill the gap of lack of common understanding on open innovation teaching by reinforcing up-to-date innovation education in order to foster European competitiveness and development. The partners in the network will draw upon their own extensive experience of teaching innovation management and researching open innovation. 

On conclusion of the project, the platform with open source materials will be hosted by LUT together with project partners identified for this task during the project, and updates will be conducted on a regular basis via contacts with network members.

For further details contact The Edward de Bono Institute.


22 April 2014

Tessa Fiorini Wins International Chemistry World Science Communication Competition

Tessa FioriniTessa Fiorini, a former student of the University of Malta and currently working as a casual teaching assistant in the Departments of Chemistry and Built Heritage won the international Chemistry World Science Communication Competition, organised by the UK's Royal Society of Chemistry. Now in its second edition, the Competition attracted almost 100 entries from every corner of the world, with the quality of the entries being described as outstanding.

The theme of the competition was 'openness in science'. Ms Fiorini’s entry was entitled 'Connecting the Dots; The Birth of Modern Chemistry through Openness'. It is based on Antoine Lavoisier, who lived in the eighteenth century and is considered to be the father of modern chemistry. This is mainly because he debunked a false, but predominant theory at the time known as phlogiston and replaced it with oxygen theory.

However, Lavoisier did not debunk phlogiston all by himself. Ms Fiorini’s article shows that he actually connected the dots between the experiments of others, who were too blinded by phlogiston theory to interpret their own discoveries correctly. 

Lavoisier could connect the dots between these experiments because scientific communication at the time was very open and he was therefore abreast of all the latest discoveries. He also had an open mind that wasn't blinded by phlogiston. It is this crucial combination of two facets of openness that led to the birth of modern chemistry. However, this combination is just as relevant today as it was in Lavoisier's time, as scientific progress has always, and will always require these two facets of openness. This is the main message of Ms Fiorini’s article.

The competition involved a written entry, and a pitch to a large audience of academics, press and industry representatives. The full article is to be published in the May edition of Chemistry World.


24 April 2014


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