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ESF 1.225: Master It!

Project Cost: €4,690,135
Beneficiary: Programme Implementation Directorate
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2013
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The MASTER IT! scheme provided more opportunities to promote further specialisation at higher level of education at Masters Level. In a knowledge-based economy, it is imperative to have a strong base of Masters programmes involving research on innovative and creative hypothesis that ultimately lead to intellectual and economic growth for society.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To increase student participation in general fields of study at a further or higher level of education.
Priority Axis: PA1 Improving Education and Skills
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA1 Investing in the Education System
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA1 Addressing skills mismatches
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA1 Research and innovation

Project Objectives

Malta needs specialisation in the targeted areas identified in the immediate and long-term goals in order to achieve and realize its vision as set in the Vision 2015.

Project Results

As a result of this scheme, it is expected that Malta achieves: 95% of participants will gain a qualification at MQF level 7 ( including those who are already in possession of Master Degree); 90% of participants undertaking courses falling under priority areas: High-end manufacturing; Creative Industries; Transport and Advance Logistics and Higher Quality Tourism (which were undersubscribed in STEPS); 90% of scholars who will gain a qualification in R&D/ICT; 25% will gain a distinction in their studies; 5% of scholars will publish their studies on academic journals. Through a tracer study lacunas of skills mismatches will be identified so that the DLLL will be in a better position when issuing future calls for scholarships. Moreover, policy recommendations can be proposed. Results - Gozo95% of participants will gain a qualification at MQF Level 7 (including those who are already in possession of Master Degree) 90% of participants undertaking courses falling under priority areas: High-end manufacturing; Creative Industries; Transport and Advance Logistics and Higher Quality Tourism (which were undersubscribed in STEPS); 90% of scholars who will gain a qualification in R&D/ICT; 25% will gain a distinction in their studies; 5% of scholars will publish their studies on academic journals Through a tracer study lacunas of skills mismatches will be identified so that the DLLL will be in a better position when issuing future calls for scholarships. Moreover, policy recommendations can be proposed.

Project Purpose

The specific purpose shall be to assist financially more scholars who want to commit themselves to focus their Masters’ research in the following priority areas: – High-End Manufacturing – Life Sciences – Educational Services – Financial Services – Transportation & Advanced Logistics – Higher Quality Tourism – Creative Industries – Environment - ICT The above clusters were identified within “Vision 2015 and Beyond: A Path to a Knowledge Based Economy” Report 2 that examined a variety of factors to assess which industries are critical targets for Malta’s future economic development planning. These industries are the results of an intensive appraisal of Malta’s current industry mix, emerging and growing national industries, as well as European and international industries, industry location factors and Malta’s current assets. Furthermore the final report recommends initiatives that capitalise on these targeted areas of opportunity and barriers to their growth were also highlighted. This assessment reveals a unique interrelated mix of the above mentioned nine industries upon which Malta can focus future business attraction, retention, and entrepreneurial development efforts upon them.