The University is one of the oldest in Europe and was originally a Catholic university. Its origins dates back to 1592 when the Collegium Melitense was founded by the Bishop Garagallo and originally run by the Jesuits.
The University today has fourteen faculties: Arts; Built Environment; Dental Surgery; Economics, Management & Accountancy; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences; Information & Communication Technology; Laws; Media & Knowledge Sciences; Medicine & Surgery; Science; Social Wellbeing and Theology.
The University's structures are in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area by 2010.
Researchers at the University of Malta conduct research in a variety of areas ranging from adaptive systems to seismic monitoring.
As the only University in Malta, we have a special responsibility to study areas of an indigenous or national dimension, such as local marine and terrestrial fauna and flora, properties and conservation issues related to the Maltese globigerina limestone, Malta's rich history, indigenous disorders such as thalassaemia, Maltese linguistics, and the resilience and vulnerability of islands and small states.
The University is also home to a number of leading research programmes, including digital games research, climate change, metamaterials, physical oceanography and maritime law.
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 main campus is situated at Msida.
There are two other campuses.
One is the Valletta campus which is housed in the Old University Building which dates back to the founding of the Collegium Melitense and incorporates the Aula Magna. T
he Valletta Campus also serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools. It is also the venue of the University's International Collaborative Programmes, the Research, Innovation & Development Trust and the Conference Unit.
The other is the Gozo Campus on Malta’s sister-island, Gozo, where part-time evening degree and diploma courses in various areas of study are offered.
The University sports and recreational facilities are made available to all students on request. Outdoor facilities include a football pitch, an athletics track and two 5-a-side football courts, whilst a multi-purpose sports hall can be booked for various sports including handball.
An Olympic-size swimming pool and diving pool in the University grounds was inaugurated for the 5th Games of the Small States of Europe in May, 1993. There is also a fitness centre next to the Olympic-size swimming pool. Student can benefit from special rates for the use of both facilities.
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