Save Erasmus!

This article is part of a series of articles which are being written by the KSU International Office as part of a collaborative effort with the KSU Education Office. It comes at a time when the Erasmus programme is facing long-term uncertainties due to issues with funding from member states.

However, the KSU Education Office would like to point out that despite the current scenario, funding for this academic year has already been secured and local students will still be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

KSU is supporting the European Commission in encouraging EU leaders to sustain the Erasmus programme. If current 2012/3 budgets will not be increased, thousands might potentially miss their chance on a once in a life time opportunity.

This news comes at a time where unemployment amongst youth has substantially increased since the economic crisis and now more than 5 million youths are without a job. KSU thus insists on more investment in education as a solution to the crisis. The ‘Erasmus For All’ programme, set to start in 2014 should tackle this situation and should seek to increase youth opportunity and work on employability.

KSU’s appeal is one; Save Erasmus as well as increase funding for education and youth. This might not be an easy decision and results might not be clear, however in investing in students and young people, Europe will be investing in a better future for all. KSU is in contact with the EU Commission Representation in Malta who are taking part in its own campaign of getting celebrities amongst Europe to sign and a letter for more Erasmus.

KSU is also endorsing the goals of Fraternité 2020 initiative which asks for more funds available for EU exchange programmes, makes sure programmes develop more skills among participants as well as tracks progress in the field of mobility through better monitoring. We encourage everyone to sign the very first European Citizens’ Initiative here: http://en.fraternite2020.eu/sign.html

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Library Awareness Session

We all know how daunting researching for an assignment or a dissertation can be, even more so when one does not know what resources are available at the Library. This is the reason why the KSU Education Office, along with the University Library is organising a Library Awareness Session on the 28th of November 2012The talk will be given by members of the Library staff at the IT Services Building, Room TR003 between 12 – 2pm. To book your place, please send an email to education@ksu.org.mt.

Now that the study season is well on its way, we would like to invite all students to attend this session that is guaranteed to make your studies and research easier. In this hands-on session you will learn about the various electronic resources available, as well as other services such as overseas document supply, how to use the Melitensia section and how to locate the right books for your assignments and dissertations.

To apply for the Degree Plus scheme which covers the whole series of KE-KPS Info-Discussion Sessions,  please fill out the form available here: http://wp.me/p2GrVi-3

Student Representatives Elections – November 2012

Interested in making a difference? Once again, the Student Representative Elections are round the corner – be sure to go vote and have your say. Don’t let anyone decide for you! 

Voting took place on Tuesday 13th November at the following locations:

Main Campus – Common Room
9:00 – 18:00

Mater Dei Hospital – Medical School
9:00 – 17:00

Bighi Campus – Administration Office
9:00 – 13:00

Valletta Campus – Office Number 2
9:00 – 13:00

Gozo Campus – Room 1
9:00 – 14:00

Be sure to bring your ID Card, Passport or Student Card to ensure you are eligible to vote!

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Nominations, in accordance with the Notices issued on the 29th October, 2012, were received as follows and can be viewed here:

Council (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 1 nomination)

Senate (3 vacancies; 2 of which are for postgraduate students, 7 nominations, ELECTION)

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Faculty of Arts (2 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy is for a postgraduate student, 3 nominations, 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student filled, ELECTION for 1 vacancy)

Faculty for the Built Environment (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, no nominations)

Faculty of Dental Surgery (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, no nominations)

Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (2 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy is for a post graduate student, 2 nominations, 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student still vacant, ELECTION for 1 vacancy)

Faculty of Education (2 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 2 nominations, 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student still vacant, ELECTION for 1 vacancy)

Faculty of Engineering (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 1 nomination)

Faculty of Health Sciences (3 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy is for a postgraduate student, 4 nominations, 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student filled, ELECTION for 2 vacancies)

Faculty of Information & Communication Technology (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, no nominations)

Faculty of Laws (1 vacancy, 5 nominations, ELECTION)

Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, no nominations)

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (2 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 8 nominations, ELECTION)

Faculty of Science (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 1 nomination)

Faculty for Social Wellbeing (3 vacancies; at least 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, 4 nominations, 1 vacancy for a postgraduate student still vacant, ELECTION)

Faculty of Theology (1 vacancy for a postgraduate student, no nominations)

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Institute for Islands and Small States (2 vacancies, no nominations)

Institute of Linguistics (2 vacancies, no nominations)

Institute of Maltese Studies (2 vacancies, 2 nominations)

Institute of Physical Education and Sport (2 vacancies, no nominations)

Institute for European Studies (1 vacancy: 2 nominations but one of the students decided not to contest the election)

Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture (2 vacancies, 3 nominations, ELECTION)

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Centre for Labour Studies (2 vacancies, 5 nominations, ELECTION)

European Centre for Gerontology (2 vacancies, 1 nomination, 1 vacancy still vacant)

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School of Performing Arts (3 vacancies, no nominations)

4 nominations were received late; 1 nomination was received from a student who is not a current student at the University. These 5 nominations are not being considered.