The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) has launched its strategic direction for the next six years. In an event held on the 17th November 2021, Minister for Education Justyne Caruana presided over the launch of the MCAST Strategic Plan 2022-2027. This document, formulated in the overarching context of the College’s Strategic Blueprint (2018-2030), comes in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact felt within the education sphere has spurred on a drive towards a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive approach to the vocational and professional education and training at the College.
The launch event was characterised by student panels and facilitated discussions about their priorities to create a practical learning experience, become active citizens, and prepare for their careers. Throughout the discussions with future employers, students emphasised the need for hands-on learning throughout their learning journey and the need for developing transversal skills.
Minister Justyne Caruana said, “This Strategic Plan is a key milestone and part of the College’s success story. Student feedback and reflections on how we can keep improving educational opportunities are crucial. MCAST is a key partner and stakeholder in the socio-economic development of the country. This is a pro-active institution leading the way in education and skills development. The College’s forward-looking approach shows a vision that champions life-long learning and offers opportunities for all.”
MCAST Principal & CEO Professor Joachim James Calleja, said “This publication is the result of feedback and ongoing collaboration with educators, students and industry. The student’s voice is at the centre of our strategic goals as we strive to encourage more people and organisations to prioritise education and training. MCAST will be the College that will integrate learning with working in an even stronger manner.”
In January 2021, the College initiated an internal thematic consultation process. The sessions held with staff and students were the main catalyst for the Draft Strategic. MCAST also launched a staff and student attitude survey, which helped develop the direction for the next 6 years. The public consultation process included meetings with each member of the Board of Governors, an employers’ consultation event, bilateral meetings with social partners, consultation with the officials from the Ministry for Education and policy stakeholders. In total, more than 1,720 persons participated in consultation events or provided input during the process.
MCAST is working towards establishing itself as a Community College for all to consolidate its presence amongst students, the community, NGOs and the general public. As the students’ profile changes, the College aims to provide learners with innovative support, including online tutoring and library services, on-campus hotspots, and digital course materials. The Strategic Plan identifies three transversal themes, 7 strategic objectives, 41 initiatives and 184 measures. The 20 ambitious, smart targets also sustain the College’s strategic vision for the next 6 years.