MCAST stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in­creases to over 6,700 full-time stu­dents

Malta Independent - - EDUCATION -

Over 6,700 stu­dents are cur­rently fol­low­ing full-time cour­ses in one of MCAST’s three col­leges, namely Foun­da­tion, Tech­ni­cal and Univer­sity, re­sult­ing in a growth of 2% from last aca­demic year. Three thou­sand, two hun­dred and six new ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived dur­ing the three calls for ap­pli­ca­tions held in July, Au­gust and Septem­ber.

This year MCAST of­fered 172 full-time cour­ses rang­ing from in­tro­duc­tory cer­tifi­cate cour­ses, de­gree pro­grammes to Mas­ter’s pro­grammes, of­fered for the first time this year. The In­sti­tute of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment and Com­merce and In­sti­tute of En­gi­neer­ing and Trans­port reg­is­tered the high­est num­ber of new ap­pli­cants, with most of the stu­dents en­rolling in the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege. The num­ber of stu­dents fol­low­ing cour­ses at de­gree level has also in­creased and there are cur­rently over 1,400 stu­dents read­ing for a first de­gree at MCAST. Around 200 ma­ture stu­dents are fol­low­ing full-time pro­grammes at one of the three MCAST Col­leges.

Stephen Cachia, principal and CEO, stated: “We are proud that our stu­dent pop­u­la­tion has in­creased again. This demon­strates the Col­lege’s suc­cess in de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­grammes at all lev­els. As in pre­vi­ous years we will con­tinue to fo­cus on max­imis­ing our stu­dent re­ten­tion and grad­u­a­tion rates."

Dr Sil­vio De Bono, pres­i­dent of the MCAST Board of Governors, stated: “We are com­mit­ted to en­sure that our three col­leges con­tinue to de­liver the qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that stu­dents ex­pect and that will pro­duce the skilled, job-ready grad­u­ates that Malta’s in­dus­try and busi­nesses need. We have signed sev­eral MoUs with dif­fer­ent sec­tors to strengthen our links with in­dus­try as well as non-com­mer­cial en­ti­ties for the ben­e­fit of our stu­dents.”

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