|Competences||Intercultural education, learners with diverse needs, educational cooperation|
|Type of Organization||Academic|
The University of Malta (UoM) traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense by the Jesuits in 1592. The College was raised to University status by Grand Master Manoel Pinto de Fonseca in 1769. Situated at Msida, it is the highest teaching institution of the State by which it is mainly financed 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. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the national, regional and international needs. The supreme governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate. There are over 11,000 students including 1000 foreign/exchange students from nearly 92 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses. The University has been involved as coordinator and partner in numerous EUfunded projects under various Programmes including FP5/6/7, Horizon 2020, Lifelong Learning Programme, Culture 2000, Tempus, Erasmus+, INTERREG EU-MED-ITALIA MALTA-ENPI CBC MED and various other international and national programmes and initiatives. The University is also represented in a number of European and international University networks and groups. UOM will participate with the Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning: Faculty of Education (DIAL). The research in Education conducted by the Faculty members of the Faculty of Education is extensive and it has shown its commitment towards Inclusive Education since the late 80early 90’s . The Faculty of Education as part of its restructuring has established the D.I.A.L. which aims attoworking toward the inclusion of various marginalized groups (for example, persons with disability, migrants and persons with different gender and sexual orientation) in different education areas in schools and communities. The members in the new department have been committed to diverse learners for many years through the teaching of Universal Design for Learning, supportive technology as well as the Let Me Learn programme, which celebrates its 20th year. Also the department works on key aspects of innovation in teaching, evaluation of school systems, intercultural education, learners with diverse needs, educational cooperation. The key interest of the Department Unit for Inclusion is to develop action research–through transformative interventions on social reality.
Dr Jacqueline Zammit (Top left),
Dr Leonard Busuttil (Top right),
Dr Colin Calleja (Bottom left),
Dr Elena Tanti Burlo’ (Botton right) :