Degree Plus Education & Social Policy Sessions

This year, KSU’s Education and Social Policy Offices are offering a series of info-discussion sessions for students that will be Degree Plus certified!

The ten sessions are spread out throughout the year during Degree Plus hours and are aimed at giving students an opportunity to discuss in a group with experts and become aware of useful educational resources. These sessions will range from information sessions on referencing systems to discussions on the drug reform.

The first session, taking place this Friday, is the Public KPS Meeting.

Register your interest by filling in your details in the following form:

*A minimum of 7 sessions must be attended for certification. Degree Plus certification is awarded against a payment of €15, Smartcard refundable.

The European Students’ Union – Fighting for student rights since 1982

This post is the first in a series of articles which are being written by the KSU International Office as part of a collaborative effort with the KSU Education Office. Future articles will feature updates on international education-related affairs such as Erasmus, ESU conferences and more.

This year ESU (European Students’ Union) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The aim of this organisation is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies such as the EU, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Headquarter in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 38 European countries. Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.

ESU promotes a higher education system based on the values of quality, equity and accessibility for all. Another important aim for ESU is to be renowned and respected as a source of expertise on higher education policy at all institutional levels and to build links and foster an exchange of information, ideas and experiences among students and student platforms at a regional and global level.

Some projects which ESU are currently involved in are: SAGE (Student Advancement of Graduate Employability), FINST (Financing the Students’ Future) and QUEST (Quest for Quality for Students). Through these projects, ESU are constantly putting pressures on International Institutions as well as National Governments to push for better Higher Education standards and funding, as well as for more student opportunities after they graduate.

At the end of November, KSU will be hosting a seminar on improving student involvement as well as organise ESU’s 63rd Board Meeting. This will be a great opportunity to get local academics and politicians involved in ESU’s work and mission. In these past 30 years, ESU have always fought for students’ rights in their respective countries. Currently, ESU is putting needed pressure on the EU Commission and Member States to ensure ERASMUS funding for the coming year and for years to come, as it is a project which has positively affected many students’ in recent years.

To keep up-to-date on ESU’s day-to-day work, one can follow their facebook and twitter pages. You can also sign up for their monthly newsletter and get involved with any of their international opportunities.

KSU INTERNATIONAL OFFICE 2012/3
Albert Camilleri & Timmy Borg Olivier

Library Updates – October 2012

The University Library is undergoing several changes in recent months. Many of you may have already noted the ongoing refurbishment to the air-conditioning system, lighting and soffit – an investment which will surely upgrade the study environment for Library users. In addition to this however, the Library has also introduced several other positive updates recently:

Melitensia Extended Opening Hours

The University of Malta Library is pleased to announce that starting 1 October the Melitensia Department will extend its opening hours to 20:00 from Monday to Friday, and will also be opening on Saturday. The Melitensia opening hours for the period 1 October – 15 June will be as follows:

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 12:30; 13:45 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 12:15

Health Sciences Library Opening Hours

In a bid to increase accessibility for students at Mater Dei, the Library has also increased the opening hours for the HSL Library. This is a very positive development, considering that KSU has been seeking to improve the availability of study areas for MDH students. The new opening hours include Wednesdays and Saturdays and are now as follows:

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 12:15

Training Workshops

An updated list of training workshops for students, academics and support staff on Library resources and services has also been published on the Library webpage. The timetable can be found below (click on the workshop title to view more information):

Workshop Date Time Venue
e-Library Thu 25 Oct 1530 – 1700hrs TR108
RefWorks Mon 29 Oct 1000 – 1130hrs TR105
e-Library Tue 6 Nov 0930 – 1100hrs TR108
RefWorks Fri 16 Nov 1500 – 1630hrs TR108
e-Library Wed 21 Nov 1100 – 1230hrs TR108
RefWorks Tue 27 Nov 0900 – 1030hrs TR108

All workshops are held at IT Services (Campus Map – Location 45).The timetable will be updated every month throughout the academic year.  More information on the workshops and how to book  an be found here: www.um.edu.mt/library/training_workshops

Education Office Contact Hours & Other Updates

Education Office Contact Hours

The KSU Education Office is launching its new contact hours for the upcoming academic year. During the times listed in the poster below either John or Naomi will be available at the KSU office. Whether it’s advice, an academic complaint or simply something or someone you’re looking for around University, please feel free to drop by – we’ll be there to help.

Course Enrolment

For those of you who have just joined University, and those who have just started another year in their course, make sure you don’t forget to complete the Course Enrolment form online. This can be done by logging in to eSIMS  and following the simple steps. For those of you who haven’t yet activated their IT Services account, make sure you do so by visiting www.um.edu.mt/itservices/activate.

Deadline for Course Enrolment is 22nd October 2012 – don’t miss it or University administration will assume you have decided to discontinue your studies.

Online Academic Complaint System

Now that many of you have registered on the KSU website and have an online account, you may all benefit from the Online Academic Complaint System which KSU invested in last year. The system allows people having a complaint to communicate directly with the members of the Education Office and will be issued with a digital ticket that can be used to track the complaint’s status. Though the system is completely confidential, the Education Office may also rope in Student Representatives if it deems fit or if the student requests such involvement.

You can access the Online Complaint Form here: www.ksu.org.mt/submit-complaint

If you haven’t created a myKSU account yet, please register here: www.ksu.org.mt/registration