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ERDF 057: Junior College Building Extension

Project Cost: €1,169,875
Beneficiary: University of Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2012

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project involved an extension to the lecturing capacity of the Junior College so to meet with the current overcrowdedness which the College is facing. The said extension has provided for 8 large lecture rooms, 20 tutorial rooms and 2 utility rooms which have helped the College to accomodate better the 3500 students which at present afflict a building meant to cater for 1500 students (the amounts indicated as calculated in 2006).

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Education, Social and Health-related Infrastructure

Project Objectives

The Project is meant to increase the infrastructure capacity of the Junior College so as to reduce the overcrowding already present and to accommodate the future, projected increase in post-secondary students. This would support governments commitment to decrease the number of early school leavers to around a 10% level. In addition the students that successfully complete the two year course at the Junior College and obtain the necessary MATSEC qualifications can enrol in the various University Courses especially the S&T courses and thus contribute towards the achievement of the Lisbon Criteria

Project Results

The building of two floors over an area of 1662 sq.m. having 8 large lecture rooms, 20 tutorial rooms, 4 bathrooms having a total of 10 toilet cubicles 4 of which fully accessible for persons with special needs, 2 utility rooms and two lifts increasing the accessibility to students with special needs.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to extend and modernize the Junior College campus to provide education for more students. A number of International studies have shown that academic achievement is negatively correlated with student density i.e. the smaller the density (the smaller number of students per classroom), the higher the academic success.