The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense which was set up through direct papal intervention on 12 November 1592. This college was run by the Jesuits on the lines of their other colleges established elsewhere and known as 'Collegia Externorum', catering for non-Jesuit students.
The courses at UM are designed to produce highly-qualified professionals in multiple disciplines. To pursue their studies at UM, local students require the Matriculation Certificate awarded by the MATSEC Board.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 UM.The language of instruction at UM is English. Applicants who have completed their secondary education overseas must satisfy UM’s English language requirements by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result.
At UM research projects address current needs and opportunities, as well as those that may affect the country in the future. This is done in conjunction with Government and private industry, and also by participating in EU research programmes and funding.
The Student Advisory Services provide the necessary career-related information to prospective and current students of the University of Malta to help them make informed decisions.
Malta offers a variety of accommodation options for students, located around and close to the University campus, to suit different needs and budgets. Students are free to choose the lodging which suits them best.
The Library’s mission is to support the University’s teaching and research programmes by providing adequate scholarly information resources, emerging technologies and user support services.
IT Services manages a number of wireless hotspots in designated areas on campus. The service enables University of Malta (UoM) staff, students and visitors to connect to the campus network using laptops and other devices that support wireless connections.
The Health and Wellness Centre at the Msida Campus offers services aimed at enhancing the wellness of UM staff and students.
The main campus, the University of Malta Msida Campus (also known as Tal-Qroqq), is where most of the activity takes place.The foundation stone of the campus at Msida was laid on 22 September 1964 by the Rt. Hon. Duncan Sandys, the then Commonwealth Secretary. The total area of the Msida Campus is 250,207 square metres.
The University sports and recreational facilities are made available to all students upon request. Outdoor facilities include a football pitch, an athletics track and two 5-a-side football courts, whilst a multi-purpose sports hall is available for various sports activities including handball. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool, a diving pool as well as a fitness centre. Students can benefit from special rates for the use of the facilities.
UM has several student societies that are recognised by Senate and are an integral part of campus life. These societies offer students the chance to become involved in interests other than those that are purely academic and to develop a network of friends, besides broadening the outlook to life.
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