MT: Universita ta’ Malta
Universita ta’ Malta, or the University of Malta is the highest educational institution in Malta offering undergraduate Bachelor's Degrees, postgraduate Master's Degrees and postgraduate Doctorates (PhD). 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 some 10,000 students including over 600 foreign/exchange students from nearly 60 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. 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. Almost 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 2,800 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.
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. The University of Malta aims to maintain and confirm its place as a research-intensive institution. Research activity is at the very heart of the University's vision, to stimulate teaching and to build strong links with business and industry as well as with other academic institutions. The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery incorporates 12 departments and is responsible for all the teaching and training of medical and pharmacy students at the University of Malta. The Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is a key department in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery serving several degree courses at the University. It is responsible for co-ordinating all the pharmacology modules and related practical and tutorial sessions for the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Law. On a postgraduate level, the Department runs its own M.Sc. (Pharmacology/Clinical Pharmacology) course, which is offered every two years as a part-time degree programme. A pharmacotoxicology study unit is also available. It also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes within its main research areas. The principle research activities of the department focus on the pharmacology of drugs used chronic disorders and abuse and misuse of prescribed and over the counter medication. It collaborates closely with the Departments of Medicine, Neurology and Paediatrics at Mater Dei Hospital and the Caritas Malta Epilepsy Association both in research activities as well as in the organization of academic conferences. The Department also works closely with the Medicines Authority in Malta and members of the department have been appointed as experts on the Pharmacogenomics working party of the European Medicines Agency. It has also successfully obtained RTDI research funds from the Malta Council for Science and Technology. On the international level, the Department has collaborated with the University of Minnesota in organising an International Pharmacokinetics School. It also has strong research links with Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham and the European Epilepsy Academy (EUREPA). Members of the Department also participate in several UNESCO and EU international funded projects
Primary role in the project
UoM’s role in the project will be to sit on the Quality Planning Group under WP6 and to take over the leadership in this group in WP9.In addition, in common with other partners, UoM will input into WP2, WP3, WP7 and WP9. In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, UoM will allow staff time to participate in this project and use its experience and systems for delivering transnational EU funded research projects to add value to the overall project.