The University of Malta offered the Southern European perspective to the consortium, presenting the view of a small island state dealing with various challenges such as increased immigration and refugee numbers. It took part in the development of Pillar 4: Promoting sustainable development in small states in addition to providing teachers and speakers to the intensive study programmes organized by the consortium and the multiplier events.
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. The University’s structures are 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 some 11,500 students including over 1000 international students from 92 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. 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 2,500 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.
Founded in 1991 as the European Documentation and Research Centre (EDRC), the Institute for European Studies is a multi-disciplinary teaching and research institute within the University of Malta. It is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and throughout its existence it has been awarded two Jean Monnet Chairs. It runs full-time courses leading to the Bachelor of European Studies degree and to qualifications at MA and PhD level. The main objectives of the Institute for European Studies are: teaching and research in European Integration and European Studies; dissemination of EU information and research; engagement in re-numerated consultancy work when this is possible. The Institute hosts the European Documentation Centre (EDC) which is the depository of EU publications at the University of Malta, boasting of an extensive library of most recent books on all European topics. The Institute has participated in various EU funded projects and networks. It is a member of TEPSA, EuroMesco, FEMISE, ECPR and EADI.
Roderick Pace is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for European Studies, University of Malta. He is a Jean Monnet Chair holder. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal South European Society and Politics edited by Susanna Varney and Anna Bosco, published by Taylor and Francis, and cited in the Social Sciences citation network. Professor Pace is a long serving member of the Board of the Islands and Small States Institute for the University of Malta. His main research interests are foreign policy analysis, Euro-Mediterranean relations and the role of small states in world politics and in the EU. He has published extensively on Malta in the European Union and Malta’s role in foreign policy and politics. Under his leadership, the Institute has become a leader in teaching and research in the area of European Studies and small states.