Malta’s target to establish itself as a Centre for Excellence in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry requires a dedicated approach through a series of coordinated actions carried out by different stakeholders. Having the physical structures required to carry out research and to develop innovative systems would not yield the desired success if the human resources are not available.
For this reason, through both Operational Programmes, Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 is financing a number of complementary activities and actions with a view to achieving this objective.
Bottom-up approaches have been taken in order to make science subjects more popular among young students and youths, thereby encouraging them to take up or further their studies through scholarships. Supportive infrastructures are being set up in order to provide students with the necessary state-of-the-art facilities to pursue their studies, and why not, even specialise in science-related subjects. These include a €17 million project which will see the establishment of a new ICT faculty at the University of Malta and the setting up of a Life Sciences Centre which will incorporate pharmaceutical / biotech laboratories and research facilities aimed at supporting knowledge-based companies to the tune of €22 million.
While rearing the young for the future is important, present needs are also being addressed through projects which aim to provide the necessary skills to adults, also focusing on attracting females and disadvantaged groups to science-related labour markets.