The Erasmus Student Network (ESN), Europe’s largest student organisation, is set to expand its presence in Malta and open a section at the Malta College of Arts, Science, and Technology (MCAST). Established in 1990, ESN is present in 42 countries and in over 1,000 higher education institutions. As a non-profit student organisation, ESN represents all international students and contributes to the development of international student exchange programmes.
In Malta, ESN was established in 2011 at the University of Malta and has since grown to become the most popular student organisation on campus. ESN Malta is a non-profit organization which is run by students who are always eager to help incoming and outgoing Erasmus students. The organization also strives to create an intercultural dialogue between international and local students and facilitate their integration within the community through the social, cultural and sports programmes which it organizes.
The collaboration with the University of Malta has enabled all foreign students to feel welcomed, to integrate and get involved within the local community. Following the great success of ESN Malta’s work at the University of Malta, ESN is looking to increase its reach and represent all international students studying in Malta, which is why they have taken the decision to open a new section at MCAST. National Representative, Luke Bonello Ghio remarked that “including MCAST will only further support ESN’s principle of internationalisation” and labelled it as “a great idea”.
MCAST Principal and CEO Prof Joachim James Calleja said: “We warmly welcome ESN’s presence at our College. MCAST is an international college open to opportunities of inspiring exchange. We want our students to make the most of mobility opportunities and to be open to international working, learning and networking opportunities.”
KSM – MCAST Student Council stated “We are more than proud that another student organization joined forces with us to deliver a stronger message towards our students. We are confident that ESN will give a strong contribution to our students and we are ready to assist them in all their needs. Together with ESN, we will make sure to provide all MCAST students with the best international opportunities possible for them to enhance their studies and skills”.
This contribution will help MCAST’s international network expand and develop. By having ESN present and active on campus, MCAST together with KSM will be in a better position to assist incoming and outgoing Erasmus students and continue to promote intercultural dialogue, diversity and equality. This new ESN section at MCAST will work under ESN’s internationally known principle of ‘Students Helping Students’.
ESN Malta is proud to announce that they are now looking for highly motivated students to be part of the new ESN MCAST team.