The Malta College for Arts, Science, and Technology (MCAST) successfully hosted prospective students and their families at the College’s Main Campus in Paola during an open day event held on 24 June 2022. Over 3,000 visitors attended the open day enthusiastically seeking information about education and training opportunities.
Aspiring students had the opportunity to witness first-hand the MCAST campus and explore the college facilities, including labs, workshops, and simulators. This experience helped visitors discover the dynamic learning environment that awaits them next October. The college prides itself in offering a truly inclusive and supportive environment and this was reflected in the open day activities.
All MCAST Institutes held information talks at the College’s new Resource Centre. Attendees enthusiastically participated by asking questions about various courses, the teaching approaches, and potential careers they could land within the industry. Tours were organised at the new library with its impressive collaborative learning spaces.
Together with their lecturers, current MCAST students following different courses within all 6 Institutes also showcased their work and projects. This allowed prospective students to understand what they would be doing when following vocational courses at the College. The programme included drone swarm demonstrations, science experiments, Virtual Reality activity in Agribusiness, hair and beauty shows and student project exhibitions.
MCAST’s career guidance advisors also explained and provided individual guidance. By brainstorming potential work roles and jobs, advisors could guide the various suitable learning paths available at MCAST. Moreover, information about application procedures and stipends was also offered.
MCAST Principal and CEO Professor Joachim James Calleja met and greeted visitors. Professor Calleja said, “This event allows aspiring students to learn about MCAST as a vocational educational college and understand the process behind offering quality education and training. Our staff and current students are our ambassadors as they showcase innovative projects in fields ranging from engineering to information technology, arts, social care and applied science. Our doors are open to all those who want to take the next step in their learning and career. At MCAST you can work, earn money and learn. The close relationships with hundreds of employers is the College’s strongest asset giving students at Level 3 or higher the opportunity to find a job ad fulfil their career ambitions. ”
MCAST currently has a full-time student population of over 7,000 individuals and offers 190 in diverse areas, spanning from level 1 certificates to Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees and a Doctorate.