Thirty scholarships aimed at mitigating climate change in travel were launched by the government on Tuesday.
In a statement, the government explained that the launch was done through a press conference addressed by Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli held at the Gozo Campus of the Institute for Tourism Studies.
These scholarships are for a new online diploma in climate-friendly travel and are piloted by the ITS and SUNx Malta. These are aimed mostly towards countries affected greatly by climate change.
Earlier this year this diploma was offered free of charge to Maltese, Gozitan, and European students.
It is the first of its type and will train students to support businesses in the travel and transport industry in adjusting their operations towards the goal of becoming carbon neutral, in the face of the global challenge of climate change.
Minister Farrugia Portelli said that whilst travel and tourism are crucial, these activities have to be done in a way that reduces as much as possible the environmental impact. She added that as from October, the ITS and SUNx through the new diploma will start training in this important subject.
“Through these scholarships and this institute of climate-friendly travel Malta is committing itself in this sector and has become a global centre for climate-friendly travel,” stated the minister.
Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri said that the Diploma in Climate-Friendly Travel is not only the being offered from the Gozo Campus for the first time, but it is also the first time that an accredited course like this is being offered internationally.
Minister Camilleri added that tourism is essential for Gozo and courses related to tourism are crucial for more young people to specialise in sectors deeply important to Gozo, whilst continuing training for the future.
SUNx Malta President and former Secretary-General of the UNWTO, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, said that a team of around 25 lecturers will deliver interactive online lessons as part of this diploma.
Present for the launch were Deputy ITS Chairman Carlo Micallef, Director of Studies Professor Glen Farrugia, ITS Gozo Administration Head Jesmond Borg and Hans Friederich, board member of SUNx Malta.
Interested applicants may register here.