Government has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Malta Tourism Authority and the University of Malta which will lead to a yearly grant of €5000 towards the Institute of Tourism, Travel and Culture (ITTC) at the University of Malta.
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli announced this during a visit to the Institute.
In a press statement the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection said that with the grant in place, the ITTC will be in a position to carry out further research, carry out analysis of data collected by the MTA regarding the Maltese tourism industry and co-organise and co-host, together with the MTA, an annual conference regarding tourism.
The government said that the authority will also sponsor an award for the best dissertation project in tourism, together with a token to be given to the supervisor and the student of the winning research project.
University of Malta Rector Prof Alfred J. Vella said that being one of the University’s richest resources and appeals for tourists to visit Malta, our human capital deserves all the recognition it gets.
UoM Pro-Rector Dr Godfrey Baldacchino likewise stated that they are very keen on enhancing their relationship with the Ministry, particularly by regularly meeting with key stakeholders and bridging the gap between the tourism student population and the industry practitioners.
In a press statement, Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli expressed her gratitude towards the University’s commitment in equipping students with the necessary skills to increase Malta’s outreach as a tourism destination once they join the working world.