University of Malta
|University of Malta|
|L-Università ta' Malta|
|Motto||Ut Fructificemus Deo
|Motto in English||We should bring forth fruit unto God|
|Rector||Professor Juanito Camilleri|
|Location||Tal-Qroqq, Msida, Malta|
|Athletics||Malta University Sports Club|
|Website||University of Malta Official Site|
The University of Malta (Maltese L-Università ta' Malta) is the highest educational institution in Malta offering undergraduate Bachelor's Degrees, postgraduate Master's Degrees and postgraduate Doctorates (PhD). It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. In post-nominals the university's name is abbreviated as Melit., a shortened form of Melita (A Latinised form of the Greek Μελίτη).
The University traces its origins to the Collegium Melitense founded in 1592 and run by the Jesuits. Following the suppression of the Order in the Kingdom of Sicily (of which Malta was then a vassal), Grandmaster Manuel Pinto da Fonseca seized their assets in Malta, including the Collegium. These assets were used in establishing the University by a decree signed by Pinto on 22 November 1769. 
With the arrival of Napoleon in 1798, the University was briefly abolished and transformed into a French École Polytechnique. It was re-established with the arrival of the British in 1800. In 1938, King George VI gave it the title of The Royal University of Malta. The word "Royal" was subsequently removed from the name of the University when Malta became a republic in 1974.
In 1968 the University moved out of Valletta to a new campus in Msida and a new medical school was opened on the grounds of the former St Luke's Hospital in Guardamangia (since moved to the new Mater Dei Hospital).
In the 1970s, under Dom Mintoff's government, the university became more accessible to students with a working-class or middle-class background since financial help started being given. However, Mintoff blocked access to various Humanities faculties, and transferred the Faculty of Theology, the oldest institute of the university, off campus. The university's population increased by around 200% in this period. Up to the 1960s, the total university population was that of 300 students; in the 1970s it approached the 1,000 mark.
Admission to the university is based on Matriculation examination results (A levels). However, entry on basis of maturity and experience is granted for certain courses in the arts and sciences. The University is known to have strict grade requirements and entry into some courses is limited, for example The Faculty of Dental Surgery allows for a maximum of 6 European students per year chosen according to merit and only after the students have successfully passed an admissions interview.
Faculties and institutions
The University of Malta comprises the following fourteen faculties:
- Faculty of Arts (Fakultà tal-Arti)
- Faculty for the Built Environment (Fakultà tal-Ambjent mibni)
- Faculty of Dental Surgery (Fakultà tad-Dentistrija)
- Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy (Fakultà tal-Ekonomija, Management u Accountancy)
- Faculty of Education (Fakultà tal-Edukazzjoni)
- Faculty of Engineering (Fakultà tal-Inġinerija)
- Faculty of Laws (Fakultà tal-Liġi)
- Faculty of Medicine & Surgery (Fakultà tal-Mediċina u l-Kirurġija)
- Faculty of Health Sciences (Fakultà tax-Xjenzi tas-Saħħa)
- Faculty of Science (Fakultà tax-Xjenza)
- Faculty of Theology (Fakultà tat-Teoloġija)
- Faculty of Information & Communication Technology (Fakultà tat-Teknoloġija tal-Informatika u l-Komunikazzjoni)
- Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (Fakultà tal-Midja u tax-xjenzi tal-Għerf)
- Faculty for Social Wellbeing (Fakultà tal-Benessere Soċjali)
Full time undergraduate courses are free-of-charge to citizens of Malta and the European Union. Maltese students enrolled in higher education in Malta are entitled to a stipend. Fees are charged in the case of higher courses and to nationals from non-EU states. There are currently 600 international students studying at the university, comprising around 7% of the student population.
- George Abela graduated in laws (attorney), current President of Malta
- Ban Ki-Moon (honorary)
- Joseph Muscat Prime Minister of Malta. He graduated in commerce in management and public policy and obtained a masters of arts with honours in public policy.
- Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici graduated in laws (attorney), former Prime Minister of Malta
- Edward de Bono graduated in medicine, founder of lateral thinking
- Edward Fenech-Adami graduated in laws (attorney), former Prime Minister and former President of Malta
- Lawrence Gonzi graduated in laws (attorney), former Prime Minister of Malta
- Guido de Marco graduated in laws (attorney), former Deputy Prime Minister, President of the United Nations General Assembly and former professor at the same university
- Dom Mintoff graduated in architecture and civil engineering, former Prime Minister of Malta
- George Borg Olivier graduated in laws (notary public), former Prime Minister of Malta
- Alfred Sant graduated in natural sciences, former Prime Minister of Malta
- List of early modern universities in Europe
- Student Associations at the University of Malta
- Junior College
- Link Campus of the University of Malta
- Utrecht Network for European student mobility.
- (English) University of Malta Website
- Student Maintenance Grants Regulations
- University World Ranking Score