Mas­ters and PHD Schol­ar­ship Scheme launched

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The fourth call for the En­deav­our Schol­ar­ship scheme was launched with an in­vest­ment of €1.5m co­fi­nanced by EU Funds. Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for EU Funds and So­cial Dia­logue Aaron Far­ru­gia stated that post­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion forms an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant part of Malta’s eco­nomic and so­cial agenda while fur­ther strength­en­ing con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

Dr Far­ru­gia noted that un­der the 2014-2020 EU ESF Fund­ing Pro­gramme, a to­tal of €8m were se­cured for this scheme. Un­til now, 650 stu­dents have ben­e­fit­ted from such schol­ar­ships at Mas­ters and PHD Lev­els, trans­form­ing their dreams into real ca­reer prospects. The par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary stressed that government is com­mit­ted to pro­vide the fi­nan­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties re­quired to en­able so­cial mo­bil­ity in a fast grow­ing econ­omy fo­cused on the cre­ation of ca­reers.

Dr Far­ru­gia re­marked that the aim of the scheme is to support good qual­ity ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion to en­sure that the Mal­tese labour mar­ket is supplied with the right in­di­vid­u­als and to guar­an­tee that it is in a bet­ter po­si­tion to com­pete at an in­ter­na­tional level. He added that the scheme is aimed to support those pur­su­ing this path to suc­ceed both at the level of ed­u­ca­tion at­tain­ment as well as con­tribut­ing ef­fec­tively towards the econ­omy.

Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary Dr Fran­ics Fabri stated that government has been in­vest­ing in its ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with an in­crease in government spend­ing on ed­u­ca­tion year-on-year. When it comes to schol­ar­ships, government is ev­ery year al­lo­cat­ing more funds. The Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion is also lever­ag­ing suc­cess­fully the use of EU funds to com­ple­ment the budget avail­able in or­der to meet its tar­gets on ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Dr Fabri also stated that this year the budget for the na­tion­ally funded scheme will also in­crease from €900,000 to €950,000. This scheme, which used to be called En­deav­our B, is now be­ing re­named as Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Schol­ar­ships scheme. Government is also com­mit­ted to widen­ing this scheme to other MQF lev­els in the com­ing years. In the mean­time, other in­cen­tives, such as the Get Qual­i­fied, are also avail­able, noted Dr Fabri.

More­over, a more user-friendly plat­form for ap­pli­ca­tion and man­age­ment of the back-end se­lec­tion process was also launched. This will make things eas­ier, both for the ap­pli­cant and for the process to pro­ceed more smoothly from the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pect.

The En­deav­our Schol­ar­ship Scheme fourth call closes on 6 June at 12noon. El­i­gi­ble pri­or­ity ar­eas of study in­clude creative in­dus­tries, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, fi­nance, health, hu­man­i­ties and arts, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, mar­itime, sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity, trans­port and lo­gis­tics, ser­vice and re­tail and ve­teri­nary-re­lated stud­ies. In­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance on this schol­ar­ship scheme may be pro­vided from the Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment Schol­ar­ship Unit on 2598 2815 or from the Meusac Agency on 2200 3300.

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