KSU Reaction to Education Act Reform

Press Release – 16/08/2012

KSU notes with satisfaction that through the hard work of past and current KSU Executive bodies, the council has succeeded in achieving new standards in student representation at the University of Malta. Through a series of recommendations passed on to Parliament during the debates on the Education Act Reform this year, the following changes have been implemented into the new Education Act which came into force on the 1st of August 2012:

  • The addition of one (1) student representative on Council (previously two (2) representatives) at least one of whom shall be a post-graduate student.
  • The addition of one (1) student representative on Senate (previously four (4) representatives) at least two of whom shall be post-graduate students
  • The addition of one (1) student representative on every Faculty Board (previously two (2) representatives) at least one of whom shall be a postgraduate student

KSU holds that, through the positive changes listed above, student representation has become more comprehensive, encompassing more of the current student population. Furthermore, KSU hopes that the role of such student representatives will continue to be an essential feature in the system of checks and balances at the University of Malta,  retaining their role as the diplomatic bridge between students and administration.

In addition to the above mentioned changes, the Education Act reform is also to include further important improvements in the spheres of quality assurance; accreditation regulations and non-formal and informal learning.

KSU looks forward to continue giving its valuable contributions and recommendations in order to introduce further improvements, while maximising the students’ voice as the direct stakeholders in Higher Education and fulfilling its aim of being the sole representative of all students at the University of Malta.

Finally, KSU believes that all above mentioned amendments are healthy and much-needed developments, which will lead to a more comprehensive lifelong learning experience and, ultimately, a more holistic and inclusive Higher Education system.

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