PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION - Foreign Minister receives Palestinian and Tunisian awardees of Malta-sponsored scholarships

Reference Number: PR172462, Press Release Issue Date: Nov 03, 2017

Six students, four from Palestine and two from Tunisia, paid a courtesy call on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela. The students are recipients of scholarships in Humanitarian Action and in Cultural Heritage Management, awarded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion in 2016 and 2017 through the University of Malta. Three students have completed their studies this year, while another three have commenced their course this academic year.

Minister Abela extended his best wishes to the students for their studies and augured that they could put the knowledge acquired in Malta to good use when they take up employment in their respective homeland.

“Malta is committed to continue supporting and assisting partner countries in the field of education, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 relating to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all,” the Minister said. “Malta firmly believes in the importance of education, which is a catalyst of change. These scholarships are our small but significant gesture to help friendly peoples identify how to best shape their own future. Only this morning, a Malta-based Global Council for Tolerance and Peace was inaugurated in Valletta. The more educated we are and the more we work together, the greater the possibility of us striving towards these noble human values by building bridges instead of walls.”

To date, a total of 11 students have received scholarships courtesy of the Ministry’s Official Development Assistance Fund. Recipients are selected based on their academic performance and the desire to contribute to development in their own communities and own countries. Students are expected to return to their home country upon graduation.​​

Also present for the meeting were Pro-Rector for International Development and Quality Assurance, Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino; Head of the Department of Built Heritage, Faculty for the Built Environment, Prof. JoAnn Cassar; Head of the Department of International Relations, Dr Anna Khakee; and Director of the International Office of the University of Malta, Ms Stefania Agius Fabri.​