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ESF 4.152: Capacity Building for MCST

Project Cost: €250,763
Beneficiary: Malta Council for Science and Technology
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2011
End Date: 2014

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project improved current skills and competences as well as increased the knowledge base and level of expertise of MCST staff. The courses rendered MCST staff experts in a number of fields related to MCST’s remit of science popularizations, animation and communication.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.
Priority Axis: PA4 Strengthening of institutional and administrative capacity
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Lifelong learning for the Public Sector
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Innovative activities

Project Objectives

The project's overall objective is to develop MCST's competencies in order to enable the SPU to manage and operate the ICT as well as to implement projects in a more effective and efficient manner.

Project Results

Results for project management training:• More efficient and effective planning and implementation of projects = 20% increase in the Project Management Skills competence, 6 months post training (measured by pre- & post-training PM Skills Inventory) Results for NISC training:• Increase in number of students attracted to the NISC by 150%

Project Purpose

The SPU will be responsible for the NISC once it is opened.. The NISC will house a permanent exhibition of over 200 hands-on interactive exhibits, science shows & workshops & a planetarium. No such centre has ever existed in Malta.Therefore, the specific purposes of the project are:1. To train & enable the SPU to o Develop & deliver the content for science shows & workshops;o Write all the educational materials for the visitors;o Write descriptive exhibit labels (each exhibit has a label which instructs the user on how to interact with it; informs the users about the specific scientific concept being exhibited) for all exhibits to be displayed at the NISC;o Design and develop successful interactive exhibitions; ando Benchmark good practice in the management of an interactive science centre by identifying, analyzing and discussing examples of applied standard operating procedures in other science centres.2. To enable SPU to train future new recruits employed by the NISC upon opening in 2014.3. To improve existing competencies for the implementation of the NISC project and other projects under MCST’s remit.