Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The University of Malta started its new Academic Year on Friday, with over 4,734 new students.
Over 3,000 students will be following undergraduate courses, while over 1,600 students will be reading for postgraduate degrees. This brings the total number of students at the University of Malta for the academic year 2020-2021 to 11,658.
4,748 are Male students while, 6,908 are Females, following a total of 930 courses.
When it comes to international students a total of 1,407 students representing 118 different countries will be pursuing studies at the university this year.
Over 1,100 new students will be joining Junior College, to bring the total number of students to 1,740.
Education Minister, Owen Bonnici was also present for the official opening of the University of Malta academic year 2020/2021.
As from this academic year, the University of Malta is offering new courses and areas of study which include new Postgraduate Courses, new areas of study in Master Courses and new Undergraduate Courses
Lectures for continuing students started last Monday and lectures, in most cases, for year 1 students will commence on the 19th of October 2020.
In view of the coronavirus pandemic, not all students would be able to attend lectures due to social distancing, online lectures will be made available and lecturers who do not wish to expose themselves especially due to their health conditions the UoM is offering them to participate online as well.
“Students should approach us for help” – KSU President
The Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU) President, Tano Bugelli, asked that students approach KSU to talk about their worries and ask for help during such trying times.
He stated that the KSU as well as other services within the University and NGOs are a source of help for students who might find it confusing to be seeking tertiary education during a pandemic.
He also addressed the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, it being the third anniversary since her death. Bugelli said that laws and reforms are not enough, as there must be a cultural transformation which will eventually be reflected within Maltese institutions. He called for students to be the generation that builds a culture of respecting the rule of law.