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ERDF 164: Masterplan: development of Applied Science and Business and Commerce Institutes

Project Cost: €18,427,088
Beneficiary: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project involved the construction of premises for the Institute of Applied Science and the Institute of Business and Commerce and the equipping of the same with modern teaching resources and equipment.

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 objectives of this project are: 1) To enhance Malta's competitiveness in the science, high-value sectors (such as pharmaceuticals) and health care; 2) To foster long-term growth in the finance and Back-Office Outsourcing sectors by providing relevant courses according to the skills requirements in these sectors; 3) To support the national objective of increasing the number of 16+ following post-secondary training; 4) To contribute to enhanced educational infrastructural capacity specifically within the vocational education sector and thereby increasing the attractiveness of post-secondary training.

Project Results

The results of the Masterplan will be as follows;1) Improvement of the educational infrastructure by constructing two new buildings with an overall floor area of 13375 metres squared. 2) The new infrastructure will enhance MCAST's capacity both in quantitative and in qualitative terms. It is envisaged that the number 16+ attending post-secondary education within these two institutes will increase their student population to an increase of 27.9%; 3) The number of students taking up science subjects at MCAST will increase to an estimated 450 students in 2013; 4) The new infrastructure will enable MCAST to provide new course in Biomedical Science, Fish Management, Environmental Science, Medical Science and Forensics; 5) As a result of the new infrastructure MCAST will be able to provide scientific courses at more advanced academic level such as BTEC National Diploma/BTEC National Award or BTEC Higher National Diploma.

Project Purpose

The core purposes of this project are to: 1) Increase the number of 16+ attending post-secondary training particularly those taking up science subjects; 2) Increase the supply of skilled workers in the science, financial services and the Back-office Processing Outsourcing Sectors; 3) Improve the educational infrastructure. This project will result in direct benefits for the target audience. Students will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities coupled with the latest technology in their field of study. Increased space will enable MCAST to provide more courses in the science and finance sectors thereby encouraging an increase in students gaining highly demanded skills in the labour market.