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The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology Act


From: Ministry for Education
​Published: ​28 May 2021
Running till: ​30 June 2021
​Last Updated: ​2 September 2021
Consultation Outcome: Final Report


1.        Background

The aim is for MCAST to have an act of its own which is distinct and separate from the Education Act
. The act seeks to primarily give greater autonomy to MCAST as an institution. Another aim is to have better representation of stakeholders in decision making bodies by widening the National profile of the Board of Governors and strengthening the relations between the College and industry to reflect the exigencies of the industry in the College’s learning methods and educational programmes. The act also promotes strengthening accountability and transparency particularly through improving the definitions of the remit, the responsibilities and the composition of the internal governing and management structures streamlining decision-making and implementation. As a Vocational institution an emphasis is being made on the centrality of all forms of work-based learning within the education and training process at MCAST, in alignment with the Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Act (2018) and on highlighting the importance of applied and impact-based research to enrich and innovate vocational and professional education and training to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0/ 5.0. Furthermore, the act seeks to widen the delivery of vocational education and training at all levels of the Malta Qualifications Framework particularly in upskilling and the reskilling of Malta’s workforce.

The new MCAST Act aims to:

  1. Better address the demands arising from dynamic local and global economic and industry developments through the provision of free quality vocational education and training in Malta.
  2. Enshrine legal principles and structures reflective of the Framework for Educational Strategy for Malta 2015-2024, the Further and Higher Education Strategy 2020 and the National Vocational Education and Training Policy.
  3. Strengthen the institutional link between VET in secondary education (My Journey) and further and higher education.
  4. Introduce for the first time, in local legislation, the concept of VPET​.

2.        Consultation Questions

Do you think that this new act will improve MCAST’s profile?
What impact will this new act have on vocational education in Malta?
What advantages are there in MCAST becoming more autonomous?
Do you think that this act will increase opportunities of employability for students?

3.        Documents

MCAST Act, 2021 - Bill.pdfMCAST Act, 2021 - Bill.pdf
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