Young Mal­tese in­no­va­tors cel­e­brate US In­de­pen­dence Day

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US Am­bas­sador G. Kath­leen Hill wel­comed Mal­tese of­fi­cials, diplo­matic col­leagues and friends of the Embassy at a re­cep­tion to mark the 242nd an­niver­sary of the In­de­pen­dence of the United States of Amer­ica.

This year’s theme was In­no­va­tion and Di­ver­sity, with an em­pha­sis on how di­ver­sity is a key driver of in­no­va­tion and is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of suc­cess on a global scale. Am­bas­sador Hill spoke about the im­por­tance of global co­op­er­a­tion on tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances to ad­dress some of the planet’s most en­dur­ing prob­lems.

Guests were treated to a dis­play of in­no­va­tive projects de­signed by Malta Col­lege of Arts, Science and Tech­nol­ogy grad­u­ates. In a case study from Kirkop, grad­u­ates fo­cused on the elim­i­na­tion of wall ven­ti­la­tors from tra­di­tional Mal­tese town­houses. An­other project show­cased the Ar­ti­fi­cial Neu­ral Net­work: Gen­er­at­ing, An­a­lyz­ing and Play­ing Pi­ano Pieces, while the third project was a study into Cor­ru­gated Fi­bre Board Case de­signs and its ef­fect on the fi­nal Edge Crush Test Val­ues. The fourth project fea­tured the De­sign and Im­ple­men­ta­tion of an Elec­tronic Speed Con­troller for Brush­less Elec­tric Motors.

Through­out the past year, MCAST and the US Embassy have col­lab­o­rated on a num­ber of ed­u­ca­tional ex­changes. In an ef­fort to pro­mote me­dia lit­er­acy, jour­nal­ism and me­dia, stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the US Depart­ment of State’s Vir­tual Dialogue on Me­dia Lit­er­acy and Tack­ling Fake News. Stu­dents’ ques­tions fo­cused on how to recog­nise fake news, how to stop fake news with­out com­pro­mis­ing free­dom of speech and how to iden­tify re­sources to factcheck news. The ex­change linked the stu­dents with the New­seum in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and its vast ed­u­ca­tional re­sources. Stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated in the US Depart­ment of State’s mas­sive open on­line cour­ses on coun­ter­ing vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism, dis­cern­ing fake news, ed­i­to­rial in­de­pen­dence and jour­nal­is­tic ethics.

MCAST jour­nal­ism lec­turer Rose­marie Calleja is cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2018 Study of the US In­sti­tute on Jour­nal­ism and the Me­dia at Ohio Univer­sity. In May, MSNBC jour­nal­ist Richard Lui gave pre­sen­ta­tions to stu­dents on jour­nal­is­tic ethics and the im­pact of dis­in­for­ma­tion and mis­in­for­ma­tion on press free­dom.

Dur­ing the past two years, MCAST has also been the ben­e­fi­ciary of the US Ful­bright Scholar Pro­gramme. Pro­fes­sor Fredric Kropp, Mid­dle­bury In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at Mon­terey, worked with the In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Man­age­ment and Com­merce to de­velop an un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme in en­trepreneur­ship. Pro­fes­sor Charles Matthews, Univer­sity of Cincinnati, de­liv­ered lec­tures and work­shops on re­search meth­ods and de­sign and en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills.

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