G. F. Abela Junior College
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G. F. Abela Junior College, commonly known as the Junior College (JC), is a further education college in Msida, Malta, which prepares students for the Matriculation Certificate. It was established in 1995 by the University of Malta. It is named after the 17th-century Maltese historian Giovanni Francesco Abela.
Students may choose from a range of subjects and must take two subjects at Advanced Level, three at Intermediate Level, as well as Systems of Knowledge. Since the college forms part of the University of Malta, students are able to become familiar with the University campus. College and university students collaborate on cultural projects such as concerts, drama, sport, student exchanges, debates and seminars.
The college board
The college is governed by a board composed of:
- The rector of the University of Malta, or his delegate as chairman
- The principal
- The vice principal
- The five area co-ordinators
- Two members representing the academic staff
- Two members representing the students
- Two members appointed by the Minister of Education
- Three members appointed by the Senate of the University from the Humanities area, the Sciences area and a student representative on Senate
- The Head of the Academic division of MATSEC.
Student associations at the Junior College
Besides having two representatives on the College Board, the students have their own elected Council, the KSJC (Kunsill Studenti Junior College) which organises various activities in conjunction with the College Administration. Student initiatives such as participation in Young Enterprise, are encouraged as the programme is geared to the development of an all-round personality so as to foster an enterprising spirit. In fact, College students who formed the company "InPact" won the 2000 Young Enterprise Competition. Participation in extracurricular College activities contributes towards the development of a College ethos.
Pulse is a representative of Social-Democratic students in Malta, set up on 19 March 1997. It extends to the University of Malta, the Junior College and other post-secondary schools with a structure that accommodates members from these diverse environments. Pulse works upon three major sectors that include: Student Representation by means of internal structures and also by means of external representatives elected on several boards and councils, Student Services by means of its activities and facilities, and Student Policies through its documents and positions that are taken from time to time. Pulse got its name from their logo, that of a heartbeat graph which signifies the organization's keen interest in students' concerns.
Pulse's structure is made up of the Annual General Meeting, the Executive made up of 18 members (President: Wayne Sammut Vice-President: Ayrton Mifsud Secretary-General: Joseph Masini Deputy Secretary General: Karl Azzopardi Financial Officer: Luanne Galea Public Relations Officer: Julian Guillaumier Social Policy Commissioner: Rodrick Zerafa International Co-ordinator: Neil Marlow Education Commissioner: Valentina Troisi Institutions Liaison Officer: Eman Zerafa Publications Officer: Johnluke Ellul Human Resources Officer: Owen Grech Marketing Officer: Isaac Spiteri
University Co-ordinator: Daniel Camilleri MCAST Co-ordinator: Noah Vella Junior College Co-ordinator: Jillian Spiteri Gozo Sixth Form Co-ordinator: Luke Vella Events Co-ordinator: Thomas Grima
, A University Representative Academic Board, a Junior College Committee, and special co-ordination roles regarding other post-secondary areas. It is also made up of several commissions set-up by the executive from time to time to address specific issues.
SDM (Maltese Christian Democrat Students) was founded by a group of University students in 1974. SDM finds its origins as a student organization in the troubled political period of the time. One of the main aims of the founders was that, during a period when freedom of expression was not always respected, the University students and those students in other Post-Secondary Institutions be given the opportunity to express their opinions.
SDM works towards:
Creating a social conscience amongst Maltese students. Bringing together the Christian Democrat Students in Malta and, through them, promoting the values and ideals of Christian Democracy. Ensuring that the rights of Maltese students are maintained. Promoting the political and social participation of students on University, National and International levels.
SDM is the oldest and largest political organization in the University of Malta. As a member of SDM, you too can voice your opinion.