History and objectives: The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense, set up by the Jesuits through direct papal intervention in 1592. After their expulsion from Malta in 1768, the Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Manuel Pinto da Fonseca appropriated all their assets and established a ‘Pubblica Università di Studi Generali’. Napoleon Bonaparte briefly put an end to formal university teaching when he abolished the University in 1798. However, British Admiral and Civil Commissioner of Malta, Sir Alexander Ball reinstituted the University after the French’s departure in 1800. Following WWII the university continued to strengthen its structures undergoing a series of changes in its statues and regulations which brought it in line with UK universities.
The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta 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. It provides high-quality education in the arts, sciences and humanities.
The university’s insignia, inspired by Grand Master Pinto’s coat of arms and the motto ‘Ut Fructificemus Deo’ (Latin translation ‘We should bring forth fruit unto God’) was designed in 1923. In 2017 the university logo underwent significant changes. While maintaining its main characteristics the new logo brings the university’s brand identity forward. The University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the nation. Simultaneously, it is outward-looking, attracting international students around the world.
Governing team: The supreme governing body is composed by the Council and the Senate. Find more information on this document.
Grounds: Msida Campus, Valletta Campus, Gozo Campus and Junior College.
Academic Calendar: 1st semester (October - February), 2nd semester (February - June/July) and 3rd semester (June - September).
Departments and Degrees:
Architecture & Urban Design
Child Dental Health and Orthodontics
|Economics, Management and Accountancy||
Arts, Open Communities & Adult Education
Electronic Systems Engineering
Applied Biomedical Science
|Information and Communication Technology||
|Media and knowledge sciences||
|Medicine and surgery||
A number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres have been set up in various fields. More information here.
International Programmes: International programmes through international memberships with various university groups: European University Association (EUA), European Access Network (EAN), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Utrecht Network, Compostela Group of Universities, Santander Group of Universities, European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN), International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) and European Association of Erasmus Coordinators (EAEC).
The University of Malta collaborates also with the following institutions: George Mason University (USA), Western Australia and Western Australia Museum, King’s College, London (UK), International Ocean Institute (United Nations), University of New Orleans (USA), University of Iliinois (USA), Shanghai University of Traditional Medicine and Culture (China) and James Madison University (USA).