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University of Malta Act: Increased access, Better Quality - A vision for tomorrow's University in the modern world


Ministry for Education and Employment

​Published on: 7 April 2017
​Closes at: ​30 November 2017
​Last Updated: ​1 December 2017


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1.        Background
The scope of the proposed University of Malta Act is to create a better mechanism that continues to guarantee free access to higher quality education and to provide a stronger vehicle for institutional freedom. It is vital to set up all the necessary legal principles and structures to implement local policy defined in Further and Higher Education Strategy 2020 and the Framework for the Education Strategy for Malta 2015-2024.
The proposed University of Malta Act advocates good governance based on the following core principles:
·       Autonomy as the best vehicle to ensure the quality of the educational provision and of the international reputation of the institution;
·       Academic freedom, high-quality teaching, scholarship and research;
·       The University functioning as the critic and conscience of society;
·       Student participation and the protection of the collective student interest;
·       Student employability and the strategic planning of education to nurture the knowledge and skills needed to meet the present and future social and economic challenges;
·       Government transparency, the publication of accurate and transparent information on public funding for higher education that is publicly accessible;
·       Institutional accountability, recognition that accountability for funding derived directly from public funds requires the higher education providers to be clear about what is received and how public funds are used by the University for the benefit of society;
·       Ethical values reflected in the way the higher institution operates;
·       Equality of opportunity and diversity throughout the institution for students and staff;
·       Access to higher education should be made available to all who qualify and can benefit from it.
2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input
All persons or organisations wishing to participate in this consultation process on the proposals to the University of Malta Act were kindly requested to submit their recommendations to the Ministry for Education and Employment by 30 November 2017 using:
  • the online form
  • the email address
  • the postal address:
    Ministry for Education and Employment
    Great Siege Road
    Floriana VLT 2000
We thank you for your input.  


Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.

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