The University of Malta

Address: Msida MSD 2080, Malta

Websites: www.um.edu.mt/

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few years, the University has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. The supreme governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate.

There are over 11.000 students including over 600 international students from 80 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. The University regularly hosts a large number of Erasmus and other exchange students. A basic Foundation Studies Course enables international high school students who have completed their secondary or high school education overseas but who do not have the necessary entry requirements, to qualify for admission to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Malta.

The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. Well over 3.000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals, with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. There are a further 2,600 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.

The Institute for Physical Education and Sport (IPES) of the University of Malta was established in 2002. The objectives of the Institute are various.  Apart from the provision of Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses, its brief is to carry out monodisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, organise conferences and develop national and international links related to Physical Education and Sport whilst at the same time, preparing Faculty of Education student teachers who have Physical Education as their main study area.   It also services the requirements of the Faculty of Education in Physical Education. PE has been taught at University since the establishment of the Faculty of Education in 1978.

The Institute also strives to establish National and International links related to PE and Sport and to attract foreign students under European programmes. Current affiliations include the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), the European Network of Sport Science, Education and Employment (ENSSEE), the UK Association for Physical Education (AfPE), and the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). 

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