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Universiade Gwangju 2015: Competition Day 1 - Judo & Swimming

4 July marked Team Malta’s first day of competitions at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, after an exciting Opening Ceremony held at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium on the 3rd July, were athlete Daniel Saliba was Malta’s flag bearer.

Nicola Muscat and Shanice Cassar were the first Maltese to compete, racing in the heats of the 50m Butterfly. Both gave formidable performances, with Muscat clocking a 29.37 and Cassar finishing at 30.57. Daniel Galea swam a time of 1:10.77, one of his strongest performances this season in the 100m Breaststroke, before joining Matthew Zammit, Matthew Galea and Edward Caruana Dingli for the 4x100m Freestyle. 

In the mean time, judoka Isaac Bezzina competed in the -100kg category. Bezzina put up a very good fight against his Chinese opponent and was winning the fight till an erroneous technical call by the referee which led to him losing the fight. Zhang of China proceeded to place 4th in the event. Bezzina then took part in the reparcharge where he put up a balanced fight against his Uzbek opponent who terminated the game by winning by ippon. 

Swimming competitions continue tomorrow while the track and field events will start on the 8th July and table tennis events will start on the 9th July. The MUSC would like to thank Eurosport, Chemimart and KMS for their support. 

The Maltese Team at the Universiade Village with Games mascot Nuribi


06 July 2015

New Mosaics Discovered in Synagogue Excavations in Galilee

Huqoq Theatre Mask
photo credit: Jim Haberman
This press release on the 2015 excavations at Huqoq (Israel) was first published on Dr Dennis Mizzi (Department of Oriental Studies, University of Malta) is an area supervisor and in charge of the publication of the stone and metal artefacts from the site.

Excavations this summer in the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee, have revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor.  

The Huqoq excavations are directed by Professor Jodi Magness of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-directed by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority. 

Mosaics were first discovered at the site in 2012, and work has continued each summer since then.

A mosaic discovered in the synagogue’s east aisle in 2013 and 2014 depicts three horizontal registers (strips) containing human and animal figures, including elephants. The top register, which is the largest, shows a meeting between two men, who perhaps are intended to represent Alexander the Great and a Jewish high priest. It was the first time a non-biblical story had been found decorating any ancient synagogue.

This summer, additional portions of this mosaic were uncovered, as well as the rest of a mosaic immediately adjacent to it, which is connected with a Hebrew dedicatory inscription that was uncovered in 2012. 

New digging has revealed that the inscription is in the centre of a large square panel with human figures, animals and mythological creatures arranged symmetrically around it, Magness said. These include winged putti (cupids) holding roundels (circular discs) with theatre masks, muscular male figures wearing trousers who support a garland, a rooster, and male and female faces in a wreath encircling the inscription. Putti and masks are associated with Dionysus (Bacchus), who was the Greco-Roman god of wine and theatre performances, she said.

This summer’s excavations also brought to light columns inside the synagogue that are covered with plaster and painted ivy leaf designs. 

“The images in these mosaics — as well as their high level of artistic quality — and the columns painted with vegetal motifs have never been found in any other ancient synagogue,” Magness said. “These are unique discoveries.”

In 2012, a mosaic showing Samson and the foxes (as related in the Bible’s Judges 15:4) was first discovered in the synagogue’s east aisle. The next summer, a second mosaic was found that shows Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders (Judges 16:3).
“It is not clear if there is a thematic connection between the Samson scenes and the other mosaics in the east aisle,” Magness added.

Sponsors are UNC, Brigham Young University in Utah, the University of Toronto in Canada and the University of Wyoming. Students and staff from UNC and the consortium schools participated in the dig. Financial support for the 2015 season was also provided by the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council and the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

The mosaics have been removed from the site for conservation, and the excavated areas have been backfilled. Excavations are scheduled to continue in summer 2016.


03 July 2015

The Final Year University of Malta Engineering Projects Exhibition 2015 in Full Swing

The Final Year University of Malta Engineering Projects Exhibition 2015 was officially opened yesterday, Thursday 2 July, and is now open to the public. 

74 undergraduate students’ projects in various fields of engineering are on show.  During the opening ceremony the new Dean of Engineering, Dr Andrew Sammut, and one of the graduating students, Ms Brenda Farrugia, delivered a short address. The President of the Chamber of Engineers, Ing. Norman Zammit, also gave a brief speech urging the graduating students to follow professional ethics in their future careers. A number of leading companies presented contributions towards research in the Faculty of Engineering. 

During the ceremony, two short musical pieces were performed by a group which included six engineering students forming part of the University Wind Ensemble. 

The Exhibition at the Faculty of Engineering, University Campus, was open to the public on Friday 4 July from 17:00-20:00 and Saturday 5 July from 09:00-12:00.

For news coverage about the event kindly click here [MT].   

Final year engineering students, together with Dean Dr Sammut in the centre

Final year engineering students, together with Dean Dr Sammut in the centre


03 July 2015

Team Malta in Gwangju - South Korea

Malta will be participating in the 2015 Universiade, being held in Gwangju, South Korea, with a team of 11 athletes, Malta’s largest team ever at these Games. The games will feature over 12,200 student athletes from 170 nations participating in 21 sports. 

Team Malta started to arrive in Gwangju on 27 June, with Head of Delegation Elena Bajada and Delegation Official Rhea Cutajar arriving in the Athletes Village, built specifically for these games, to prepare for the arrival of the rest of the team. They will be joined by the rest of the team between 30 June and 1 July. 

The Malta University Sports Club announced the Maltese team for these games at the team launch, held at the University of Malta earlier this month. All athletes are students at University or an equivalent institution and are among the top local athletes in their respective sports. Malta will be participating in athletics, judo, swimming and table tennis, with athletes from the University of Malta, MCAST and Plymouth University all forming part of the team. 

Swimming will be the sport with the largest representation, with Edward Caruana Dingli, Shanice Cassar, Daniel Galea, Matthew Galea, Nicola Muscat and Matthew Zammit making the team. Between them, the swimmers hold a total of 16 individual national records, with Muscat having participated in the 2012 Olympics and Matthew Galea having just won a bronze medal at the Games of the Small States of Europe. They will be competing in 19 individual events, and the men’s team will be participating in two relay events, a first for Malta at these games. 

The athletics team this year will be an all male team, with Luke Bezzina, Ian Grech and Daniel Saliba flying the Maltese flag in the Gwangju World Cup Stadium. These three athletes have established themselves as some of the top track and field athletes in Malta, and having just returned from the First European Games in Baku, they hope to continue their very successful season in Gwangju. Saliba, the 400m hurdles national record holder, will also be Malta’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony on the 3rd July. 

The other two athletes completing the team are Isaac Bezzina and Andrew Gambina. Bezzina, one of Malta’s top judokas, has had a hectic year, participating in the GSSE and the European Games, amongst other major competitions. He will be competing in the -100kg category and will be accompanied by his coach, Alex Bezzina. Gambina, 2014 Table Tennis National Champion, will be taking on the Singles Events in Gwangju and competing against some of the world’s top table tennis players. 

Competitions kick off on 4 July, with swimming and judo events. Cassar and Muscat will be the first Maltese to compete, in the heats of the 50m Butterfly. 

The team is being accompanied by Head of Delegation Elena Bajada, Deputy Heads of Delegation Madeleine Fenech and Clara Castillo, and Delegation Official Rhea Cutajar. 

The Malta University Sports Club would like to thank KMS, Eurosport and Chemimart for their support. 


30 June 2015

Econetique Sponsors Engineering Projects at University of Malta

During academic year 2014-15, the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering of the University of Malta’s Faculty of Engineering has further strengthened its collaboration with Econetique Ltd, a Maltese renewable energy company. 

Ing. Emmanuel Francalanza and Ing. Paul Refalo have together supervised two final year engineering students, Ms Katya Bezzina and Mr Julian Cefai, whose projects were sponsored by Econetique. Both projects aimed at supporting Econetique in the manufacturing of an innovative vertical axis wind turbine. Ing. Ryan Xuereb, managing director of Econetique, commented that 'such collaboration provides the opportunity for industry to work closely with academia, and for the students to apply their studies to a real case scenario.'

Ms Bezzina focused on process selection and factory layout design while Mr Cefai applied sustainable manufacturing strategies to the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining of the metal components of the turbine.  

Econetique sponsors Engineering Projects at University of Malta
left to right:
Ms Katya Bezzina, Ing. Emmanuel Francalanza, Ing. Ryan Xuereb, Mr Julian Cefai, Ing. Paul Refalo


03 July 2015

Junior College Staff Seminar



A seminar entitled ‘Our Vision, our Role, our Future: the Junior College Experience’ was held recently at the University of Malta Valletta Campus. The seminar was organised by the Professional Development Committee in collaboration with the administration. During the first part of the seminar a number of papers were presented by the College Principal, members of staff, committee members and student representatives. Workshops focusing on different aspects of College life were subsequently held.

This was an opportunity for members of staff to air their views on important educational issues and engage in reflective practices, both on a personal and at College level. The seminar has also been instrumental in generating a number of new initiatives at the College. 




02 July 2015

The Department of Management and HNU University of Applied Sciences, Germany

April / May 2015 Edition of the HNU MBA International Extension Programme and Strategy live case study

The Department of Management at the University of Malta has recently run and concluded the April 2015 Edition of Neu Ulm University’s MBA International Extension Programme. This intensive 2 week programme of applied management master classes, seminars and industry visits, is run by the Department bi-annually and rides on the back of ongoing collaboration and a long standing alliance between the Department of Management at the University of Malta and the Department of Business and Economics at HNU.  

Over the 2 week period, German MBA participants are also engaged on an extended strategy live case study involving meetings, analysis and direct interaction with the top management team of a local collaborating organisation – addressing a current strategic challenge and presenting their strategic overview, findings and reasoned recommendations to the board.  

Baxter Malta (, an integral subsidiary of the blue-chip global leader in healthcare, were the live case study collaborating partners at this edition. The Department of Management takes the opportunity to thank Baxter’s top management team for their direct and active involvement in this strategy exercise geared towards creating mutual value and opportunities for critical insight and learning.

Besides, other scheduled industry visits were undertaken at Methode Electronics, Actavis and Farsons.

Accompanied by their Professors, the profile of this edition’s international cohort of Neu Ulm MBA participants hailing from Germany included employed executives at international blue chip companies such as Bosch, Airbus, MAN, Liebherr, Diamler AG as well as German SME champions of industry – engaged in sectors spanning automotive, aerospace and defence, graphic design, electronics, manufacturing, precision engineering, software, and services.

In concluding this edition of the programme, the formal award dinner and certificate presentation were held at Capua Palace, Sliema.

April 2015 cohort: Neu-Ulm HNU MBA International Extension Programme participants at the Certificate Award dinner, Capua Palace, Sliema.


02 July 2015

The Art and Science of Dental Technology

The course leading to a B.Sc. (Hons) in Dental Technology offered by the Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta, trains the student in the art and science of Dental Technology. Apart from the theoretical component, this course of studies carries a considerable practical component where the student is trained in laboratory procedures leading to the construction of orthodontic appliances, full and partial dentures and dental crowns and bridges. The trained Dental Technologist may also eventually produce speciality items such as surgical splints, sports mouth guards and implant supported restorations.

Dental technologists are required to be artistic and precise. All pieces of work are constructed manually to high precision according to the dentist’s prescription and custom made to the needs of the patient.

The dental technologist is an integral part of the dental team. Together with the dentist, the dental technologist strives to produce the best possible solutions for the patient’s functional and aesthetic needs. Good communication with the dental team is fundamental to allow for evaluation and gathering of patient related information leading to the best product achievable.

Areas of specialisation within Dental Technology include: Prosthodontics - implantology and associated prostheses, advanced fixed prosthodontics; Orthodontics - appliances for adolescence; Maxillo Facial - facial prostheses, obturators.

The Art and Science of Dental Technology


01 July 2015

Prestigious Appointment for Professor Godfrey Baldacchino

At its latest meeting held at Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, the Governance Committee of RETI - the excellence network of island universities - appointed Professor Godfrey Baldacchino as the Head of its Scientific Board. 

The current members of the Scientific Board are Dr Jim Randall (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada), Ms Linda Stewart (University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK), Professor Ioannis Spilanis (University of the Aegean, Greece) and Professor Baldacchino.

With 26 universities (including the University of Malta) currently as its members, RETI (Reseau d'Excellence des Territoires Insulaires) was set up following the initiative of the University of Corsica, France, in 2010. It promotes cooperation amongst small island-based universities and institutes of higher education.

A RETI symposium and school focusing on island tourism is planned to be held in Valletta in November 2016, with the University of Malta's Centre for Labour Studies and the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture as hosts.

Further information on RETI at

Governance Committee of RETI
RETI Governance Committee meeting in progress; Prof. Baldacchino is second from left.


30 June 2015

University of Malta-led study pins down the real culprit of childhood motor neuron disease

Scientists at the University of Malta and the Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier (CNRS/Université de Montpellier) have shown that fruit flies and brewer’s yeast, which are genetically and biologically similar to humans, can reveal clues about the cause of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the most common genetic killer of infants.

SMA is a devastating neuromuscular disorder that robs children of their ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Mostly caused by an inherited flaw in the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) gene, SMA is presently without a cure. A key reason is the lack of detailed information on the workings of the SMN protein, in living organisms.

Using extensive genetic manipulations, the research team found that SMN forms an alliance with a set of diverse proteins known as Gemins. So incredibly fragile is this alliance that it can be broken if the perfect balance in protein levels is upset. The consequences are catastrophic and range from lethality to flies with muscles that are too weak to support flight. The breakthrough discovery, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, strengthens the fight against SMA.

'Our study is the first to show that the special relationship between SMN and Gemins exists in a living model system,' said the study’s lead author Dr Ruben Cauchi, a senior lecturer at the University of Malta Faculty of Medicine & Surgery. 'Furthermore, what we see in Game of Thrones is intriguingly true in cells. Upsetting the delicate balance of power leads to grave repercussions,' he added with a smile.

SMN in partnership with Gemins is thought to have a role in assembling the constituents of the gigantic machine that edits messenger RNA, the genetic mail carrier of instructions for building proteins. Whether a fault in this process is to blame for the neuromuscular problems experienced by patients is still an open question.

Cauchi’s team recently showed that a selective deficiency of Gemins within the motor system results in manifestations that are reminiscent of those uncovered when SMN levels are reduced. These findings coupled with those in the present study, indicate that a collapse of the SMN-Gemins alliance is responsible for SMA.

Right now the researchers are hunting for friends and foes of the alliance mostly because these open lines of therapeutic attack. 'Current therapies in development for SMA are based on boosting SMN levels. Broadening the therapeutic targets is essential for an effective treatment. Model organisms hold the key for the successful implementation of this strategy,' remarked Dr Rémy Bordonne, CNRS Principal Investigator and study co-author.

The study entitled 'Genetic Interactions between the Members of the SMN-Gemins Complex in Drosophila' by Rebecca M. Borg, Rémy Bordonne, Neville Vassallo & Ruben J. Cauchi was funded by the University of Malta Faculty of Medicine & Surgery Dean’s Initiative, the Malta Council for Science & Technology through the National Research & Innovation Programme 2012 (R&I-2012-066), the Embassy of France to Malta, and a Malta Strategic Educational Pathways Scholarship (part-financed by the EU’s European Social Fund). The paper can be obtained online.

The real culprit of childhood motor neuron disease
University of Malta-led study bolsters the fight against SMA, the leading genetic killer of newborns.


30 June 2015

Courses offered by Malta University Consulting

Malta University Consulting is offering the following courses:

Cross-Examination Skills
A short course on cross-examination skills, organised by Malta University Consulting will be held from 27 to 31 July 2015 at the Malta University Residence in Lija. 
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.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Course
Malta University Consulting, in collaboration with in2it (Corporate Real Estate Management & Information Communication Technology), is organising a course on Building Information Modelling (BIM) The Business Value and its Governance and Tools.
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.


16 June 2015

Master in Creativity and Innovation



02 July 2015

B.A. / B.A. (Hons) History of Art with Fine Arts



01 July 2015

B.A. / B.A. (Hons) European and Global History



01 July 2015

M.A. in Mediterranean Studies



01 July 2015

University of Malta Postgraduate Prospectus 2015/16 Launched

postgradprospectus2015The University of Malta has just published its Prospectus for the coming academic year, complete with details relating to all the postgraduate courses that the University is offering this October. 

The 2015/6 Prospectus has retained all the popular features present in last year’s edition such as the overview and entry requirements of each course on offer and the services available for all prospective and current students. 

Furthermore, this year’s edition includes, for the first time, a section regarding the research areas that every Faculty/Institute/Centre/School offers at Doctoral Level. The Prospectus also highlights the courses/areas of study eligible under the Malta Enterprise Get Qualified Scheme.

The Prospectus is available online: Printed copies are available from the Admissions and Records Office, Msida Campus and from the University Gozo Campus.

The publication is compiled and edited by the Office of the Registrar with the collaboration of the Communications & Alumni Relations Office.

The application for admission can be accessed through:

The deadline for applications is on 23 July 2015.


01 June 2015

M.A. in Contemporary Western Philosophy



23 June 2015

Master of Science Programme in Sustainable Infrastructure

Master of Science Programme in Sustainable Infrastructure

Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta

Date: October 2015
Time: Evening (Part-time)
Location: University of Malta

This academic programme is aimed at those wishing to further their career within the infrastructural dimension. Suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the public as well as in the private sector.

For further information please click here.

Apply Online:
Course finder:


23 June 2015

B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Food & Nutritional Sciences



19 June 2015

M.A. in Film Studies



19 June 2015

B.A. / B.A. (Hons) Degree



19 June 2015

M.A. (Taught / Research) Courses



19 June 2015

Bachelor of Humanities Degree



19 June 2015

M.Sc. in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces

M.Sc. in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces

Click here for an overview of the course programme.


19 June 2015

M.A. in Cultural Heritage Management

M.A. in Cultural Heritage Management

Click here for an overview of the course programme.


19 June 2015

M.A. in Diplomatic Studies



16 June 2015

Study-unit EBI 5001 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Intensive Training Week in Entrepreneurship - July 2015

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation is pleased to announce that calls for application for an intensive training week covering the topic Introduction to Entrepreneurship will be held between the 13 and 17 July 2015.

This course covers study-unit EBI5001 in the Centre's Master in Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship programme. Students, who are successful in this module and are accepted into the Master's programme at a future date, will have the possibility to transfer the credits earned for this study-unit to their Master's programme.  

More information can be found here.

Information regarding admission to University courses can be obtained from:

Access list of all courses:
Apply online:
Course finder:


11 June 2015

Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education



09 June 2015

New Master of Science in Petroleum Studies

M.A. in Petroleum Studies

A new Master of Science programme – M.Sc. Petroleum Studies – is being launched this year within the Faculty of Science. The course commences in October 2015.

The programme is a full-time taught course and is designed for first degree graduates in science and engineering who wish to enter or enhance their professional career in the upstream petroleum industry at technical, scientific and management level. It will cover geological and geophysical theory and issues related to the formation of oil and gas, surveying and extraction, as well as commercial and legal aspects. Students will be taught by experts in the field, both local and foreign, and will have hands-on experience with using geological/geophysical equipment and modern processing software.

More details may be found on the University of Malta course finder. To access the online application click here.

For further information, please contact Alison Darmanin on +356 2340 2428, or by email


08 June 2015

New Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics

The Maltese Islands are no exception to the ageing of populations. According to the latest Maltese Census (2011), 16.3 per cent - or 67,841 persons - of the local population were aged 65 years and over. Persons aged 80 years and over numbered 14,381 - 3.4 per cent of Malta’s total population. It is noteworthy that whilst at the end of the 1940s, life expectation in Malta was around 43 and 46 years for males and females respectively, in 2010 these figures reached 79.2 and 83.6 for men and women, when the European Union average reached only 70 and 78 years for men and women respectively. Although this is good news for Malta, these statistics also mean that Malta risks being one of the European Union countries that are worst hit economically by an ageing population in 50 years’ time. Suffice to say that by 2060 Malta would have to fork out 13.4 per cent of its gross domestic product in pensions, and although Malta’s population was expected to decrease by 2060, it would have nine pensioners for every 10 working citizens. The increasing ageing of the Maltese population also implies the escalation of the need for health and care social services for both hearty and frail elders. 

As part of its mandate to facilitate the services required by older generations, in October 2015 the University of Malta’s Gerontology Unit will be offering a Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics. This programme caters for students who have completed their higher education and are looking to expand their knowledge of gerontology and geriatrics through a recognised university programme. This programme of study provides a broadly based, professional, multi-disciplinary perspective on ageing, later life, and older persons, whilst also disseminating knowledge and skills related to clinical and practical interventions with older persons. It also sensitises the students to the application of gerontological and geriatric research findings to practice. The programme includes modules on the sociology of ageing, the psychology of later life, medical and biological aspects of ageing, income security and pension systems in old age, food and nutritional requirement of older persons, social and medical rehabilitation programmes, family dynamics in later life, and informal, community, and nursing services to persons experiencing physical and cognitive limitations. 

Upon completion of the Higher Diploma, successful graduates will be able to provide higher levels of social and health care services to older persons which, in turn, will function to improve the quality of service to older adults. Most especially, candidates will be able to meet the needs of prospective employers by being knowledgeable in embracing the roles of financial planning for older persons; engaging in case work; providing intake services and assisting in personal adjustment measures in residential/nursing care; take an active role in hospital discharges; assisting in the organisation and administration of social and related services in community care; participating in studies of age-friendly communities; and aiding family networking in later life.

The Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics is offered on a part-time basis over six semesters (three years). Lectures take place twice a week in the evening.

Application forms are available here. Detailed information on the Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics is found on the website (click here) and by contacting the secretary of the Gerontology Unit, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Ms Charmaine Agius (telephone 2340 2237).


01 June 2015

Higher Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics



05 June 2015

M.A. in Literary Tradition and Popular Culture



04 June 2015

M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy



29 May 2015

M.Sc. Clinical Speech & Language Sciences



28 May 2015

Postgraduate Certificate in EBM and Effective Decision-Making



21 May 2015

Master of Arts in Islands and Small State Studies



21 May 2015

University of Malta offers first PG Certificate in EBM and Effective Decision-Making

Albert Einstein once claimed: 'A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be'.

A cursory review of some best management sellers and guru tips casts doubts on the real scientific foundation of these works and whether the prescribed formulas make any sense for managers in today’s complex organisational realities. 

In Management Education, the revolution of how and why managers adopt specific practices as opposed to others remains mostly an art in the rawest form, subject to misconceptions, cognitive biases and personal preferences for methods that seem to work only in the eyes of the beholder. But there are signs that this may be changing. 
The Department of Management at the University of Malta recognises the importance of Evidence-Based Management (EBM) in today’s management world and is proud to announce the first Postgraduate Certificate in EBM and Effective Decision-Making, with an international input. 

Denise Rousseau (Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Former President of the American Academy of Management and Reviewer of this Post-Graduate Certificate) is a leading figure in this movement and specifically in Evidence-Based Management. She defines EBM as the systematic, evidence-informed practice of management, incorporating scientific knowledge in the content and process of making decisions. 
The applied and reflexive new programme will span a comprehensive spectrum of principles, tools and methods underlying EBM, presented in 6 specialized study-units: Principles of EBM, Systematic approaches to EBM, Statistical mis/conceptions in decision making processes, Cognitive biases in decision making, Stakeholder analysis of their values and concerns, and Tools and Practices to enhance evidence-based decision processes. 

The University of Malta is administering this programme in collaboration with the Center for EBM based in Amsterdam. The Center for EBM supports prominent universities like Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, NY University, University of Toronto, University of Bath and the Free University of Amsterdam among others. 

The Programme will commence in October 2015. More details may be found on the course finder. One can apply at

For further details please contact Dr Vincent Cassar, Programme Co-ordinator by email or phone on +356 2340 3479. 


07 May 2015

Understanding the Mediterranean


‘Mediterranean Sea: the almost landlocked sea separating southern Europe from Africa, connected with the Atlantic Ocean by the Strait of Gibraltar, with the Black Sea by the Bosporus, and (since 1869) with the Red Sea by the Suez Canal.’ (Oxford English Dictionary) How satisfactory is this surgical definition of the Mediterranean? The Mediterranean was and continues to be at the heart of a variety of crossways, including those of the imagination. How can one go about understanding these crossways? 

The taught Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies of the Faculty of Arts will be opening again in October 2015. The accent in this MA is on the thematic: the importance of phenomena like migration, urbanisation, isolation, connectivity, the human and the physical elements, the arts and so on, will be explored. This M.A. is intended for students with a flair for challenging learning experiences; in turn, this lends itself to those seeking careers in European Union and foreign affairs, businesses, NGOs and enterprises with a Mediterranean focus and so on. Students will also be able to pursue doctoral study. Are you ready to dive in?

The Alfred Mizzi Foundation will be awarding a bursary of €1,000 to one student enrolled in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies. This will be awarded on the basis of an essay competition.

Click here for the latest details, follow the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies on Facebook, or email Dr Emanuel Buttigieg.


13 April 2015

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy



03 July 2015


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