2011-2013 Malta – Bologna Experts

This cycle, for 2011-2013, follows the work that has been conducted in the previous Bologna process cycles.

In this cycle, the National Team of Bologna Experts (Malta) seeks to focus on the ECTS-DS labelling, the harmonization between vocational education and training and higher education and the theme of employability. These themes encompass a number of aspects that still need to be tackled and analysed on a national scale. As a result, activities shall be divided on two main parts:

1. Higher Education and the Labour Market, perspectives from Maltese graduates and employers:

– What do employers look for in today’s Labour Market? A study upon the skills and competences of newly HEI Graduates
– The obstacles faced by graduates in today’s Labour Market

The scope of this research is mainly to study, whether Higher Education Institutions (HEI) graduates have acquired the skills and competences required to enter in today’s labour market. This shall be made by basing our study on quantitative and qualitative data that will encompass both newly HEI graduates as well as leading employment companies within the labour market. In this light, this research shall bring about a scrutiny both on the employers’ demands when it comes to recruitment and preferences as well as that of HEI graduates, particularly the obstacles the latter face when seeking employment.

Part of the Bologna budget 2011-2013 is also allocated for an update of a research previously conducted by one of our HEI academics entitled:

The Impact of the Bologna Process on Higher Education Institutions in Malta – An overview of the achieved targets and future challenges

2. Two Seminars:

– An ECTS-DS Label Recognition Forum that will serve as an official exposure to the results obtained by the aforementioned research initiatives. A lot has been done during the past years in order to keep up with the aims and targets set by the Bologna Process. As a matter of fact, one of the main issues and challenges concerning local HEIs remains the ECTS-DS labelling system. The University of Malta, the largest HEI in Malta, has succeeded in issuing the Diploma Supplement to all of its graduates in 2010. It has also implemented the ECTS almost fully. In this regard, it would be most beneficial for the National Team of Bologna Experts to invite experts and ECTS-DS label holders to discuss Malta’s situation and evaluate the steps forward towards achieving the ECTS-DS Label.

Held on Friday, 15th June 2012;
Venue: EUPA Conference Hall, Santa Venera;
Agenda / Presentation by Prof Gregory Makrides/ Presentation by Mr. Anthony Saliba;
Presentation by Mr. Sorin Zaharia / Presentation by Ms. Dorianne Mallia / Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3.

– A Forum on the permeability of VET and HE. The seminar shall explore the criteria through which Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education could provide pathways for cross fertilization. The seminar shall bring together experts from both VET and HE to discuss how learning outcomes approach can be linked to a credit system that enables learners to move both horizontally and vertically across the two systems of education.

Held on Friday, 22nd November 2013;
Venue: Dolmen Hotel, Qawra;
Agenda / Presentation by Prof Volker Gehmlich/ Presentation by Ms. Monica Auzinger;
Presentation by Mr. Karl Mintoff and Ms. Christine Scholz / Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Photo 3.

These activities will also act as an opportunity for local HEIs and other leading stakeholders from the local industry to engage in discussions and debates that will lead to a clearer picture and understanding of the current problems and challenges faced both on a national and international level. For this reason, students, staff, academics, policy makers, industry and other stakeholders shall form an integral part of the activities/studies proposed in this cycle.