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