Launch of the Cen­tre for the Study and Prac­tice of Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The Univer­sity of Malta of­fi­cially launched its Cen­tre for the Study and Prac­tice of Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion on Tues­day, 22 May. The launch was presided over by the Rec­tor, Pro­fes­sor Al­fred J. Vella, who in his in­tro­duc­tory re­marks high­lighted the dual mis­sion of the Cen­tre.

Pro­fes­sor Vella ex­plained that the Cen­tre would seek both to en­hance re­search in the aca­demic dis­ci­pline of con­flict res­o­lu­tion as well as serv­ing to strengthen con­flict res­o­lu­tion prac­tice in and from Malta. The Rec­tor also high­lighted that col­lab­o­rat­ing with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional NGOs and aca­demic cen­tres would be an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the Cen­tre’s work. In fact, the Cen­tre was es­tab­lished in close cooperation with the Ge­orge Mason Univer­sity’s School of Con­flict Anal­y­sis and Res­o­lu­tion, the old­est and largest such in­sti­tu­tion in the USA.

As part of the launch Pro­fes­sor Richard E. Ruben­stein from the School of Con­flict Anal­y­sis and Res­o­lu­tion de­liv­ered a lec­ture en­ti­tled, A Global Con­text for Malta's Cen­tre for the Study and Prac­tice of Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion. In his lec­ture Pro­fes­sor Ruben­stein em­pha­sised de­vel­op­ments in the con­flict res­o­lu­tion field and in world so­ci­ety that, at this point of con­junc­ture, make the found­ing of the Cen­tre a highly sig­nif­i­cant event. He con­cluded that Malta is the ideal place for an in­sti­tu­tion that is de­voted to the prac­tice of con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

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