MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts Festival 2019
Dates: Thursday 4th July – Sunday 4th August
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv
MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts launches the ICA Festival: “Distinct” that will run from Thursday 4th July till Sunday 4th August. “Distinct” is a reference to the varied skill-sets students have acquired over the period of their studies including various apprenticeships and work experiences. It was conceived by ICA students whose concept extends to the branding and overall curatorial aesthetic.
The Festival launch will be inaugurated by Hon. Dr Clifton Grima Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations, on Thursday evening, at 6.30pm at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, and the festival will thereafter be open to the general public from 8.00pm.
The Festival consists of a month-long exhibition open every day as follows: Monday 9am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 9pm. During the month there will also be a variety of events related to the creative arts, including a number of foreign speakers of international repute. Entrance is free.
The ICA Festival will be working towards bridging the gap between MCAST ICA and the community, resulting in a better understanding of the outcomes of the ICA’s various programmes, and acting as a launch of young practitioners into the working world. The festival will celebrate creativity and act as a platform to showcase the students’ hard work and collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the industry. These acquired skill-sets combined with each student’s personality result in individual differences and diversity that are critical to any organisation’s success in today’s competitive world.
The MCAST ICA Festival started three years ago as an alternative approach to the annual exhibition held at the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts in Mosta.
The Festival is supported by Arts Council Malta, Spazju Kreattiv, Heritage Malta and Studio 7, amongst other sponsors.
For more information, please visit www.icafestival.com.
Scholarships in Saudi Arabia 2019/2020
Scholarships are being offered by the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia 2019/2020 (for Maltese Citizens only) – an initiative enabling several Saudi Universities to offer scholarships for students who achieved outstanding results in Malta. A list of the Saudi Universities involved in these scholarships is attached for ease of reference.
Prospective candidates must contact directly the Saudi Cultural Attaché Office in Rome to retrieve any useful information about the benefits and procedures for obtaining such scholarships. The contact details of the Saudi Cultural Office in Rome are:
Ph: 06-8557173 – 06-8540498
Fax: 06 8842336
The Institute of Engineering and Transport will be holding its annual project expo at the new IET building (Block N) at the MCAST Corradino Campus in Paola.
The event will be held on Tuesday, 2nd July between 17:00 – 21:00. The expo will showcase numerous projects from the various departments within the institute including Electrical & Electronics, Aviation, Mechanical, Maritime and Building and Construction.
A number of student projects will be presented from the several engineering fields including automation and control, robotics, biomedical, power electronics, electric drives and machine learning. These projects portray the students’ high technical level with the ability to integrate both theoretical and practical principles. A number of awards will also be presented to the best student projects offered by the institute at EQF Level 4 and 6. The public is invited to attend this event and enjoy the fruition of the studies and hard work of our students and staff.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology has become a critical part of Malta’s industrial and economic growth. The college’s main mission is to become a key player in different economic sectors by providing training and promoting research and innovation across various fields. The engineering sector is a priority area within such a framework. The Institute of Engineering and Transport is a flagship within the MCAST structure for implementing this vision.
MCAST Principal and EfVET President seeks closer collaboration between VET training providers and the world of employers.
In two separate events held in Brussels and Padua, MCAST Principal/CEO and EfVET President Professor Calleja intensified his plea for more structured and long-term collaboration between VET training providers and employers. Speaking at the European Commission High-Level conference on Skills for Industry Strategy 2030, Professor Calleja said that industry and vocational education and training of the future have to work hand-in-hand not as stakeholders but as permanent partners. Employees and employers are feeling threatened by the speed of change and the advancements in technology. Industry 4.0 is an opportunity to merge the two traditionally separate sectors into a process of work-based learning for a wide spectrum of learners.
Digitalisation, globalisation and demographic changes are having negative as well as positive impacts on VET as well as on work-places. The two contexts cannot operate anymore in isolation from each other. On the contrary, Professor Calleja firmly believes that the two sectors should operate as one with two distinct roles: businesses must ensure that VET environments remain up-to-date in curriculum design, infrastructure, quality assurance and relevancy to new jobs; on the other hand, VET schools, colleges, and Universities have to intensify their role of producing a workforce which is equipped with soft skills, flexibility and the readiness to learn while working and working while learning. The future of work, Professor Calleja said is the future of education and training. “There is only one future for the two sectors and employers and educators should be sitting on the same desk and planning and executing education and training together but in separate contexts: the workplace and the learning home – colleges, schools and higher education institutions.
The High-Level conference had a plethora of distinguished speakers from the world of education and training and the world of businesses with high profile speakers coming from Bosch, IBM Europe, McKinsey and Company, Cisco Systems, the University of Luxembourg, Google, the EIB, AVAESEN Cluster, Le Forem and others. EfVET President insisted that the time is ripe to convene a European summit for VET Providers and Businesses to establish a set of criteria to join the two sectors in permanent statutory roles in different national and regional settings.
At the Archivio Antico, Bo Palace of the University of Padua, MCAST Principal intervened during a panel discussion on the return on investment and mobility. The discussion was part of the concluding session of the ERASMUS project on the ROI for VET International Mobility co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the EU. In his intervention, Professor Calleja said that we live in a culture of mobility both in a physical and virtual manner. As a result of technology, connectivity today is easier, more effective but equally challenging and constructive. Young people have been brought up connecting ideas and interests in a manner which any education and work establishment cannot ignore. Hence mobility has become a valuable learning process according to Professor Calleja. However, he said “the ultimate objective of mobility in the context of learning and working is employability coupled with social inclusion and a nurturing of European identity. In this respect, cooperation between businesses and training providers as well as the larger community is a step towards creating more opportunities for young people to broaden their experiences”. In an environment in which work-based learning is increasingly becoming a new way of learning, mobility will play an important part in people’s lives. Referring to the new Programme Generation ERASMUS 2021-2027 proposal by the EC, MCAST Principal/CEO said that budgets must reflect priorities.
He feels that there is still a deficit in supporting mobility (and VET in general) when considering the high levels of unemployment in Europe and the high percentages of lamenting employers and people with low skills and others not in E&T. “Mobility” Professor Calleja said, “is a win-win learning process, an opportunity to take in response to the enormous development in traveling, in connecting with different cultures and working places and in the development of quality standards in production and service provision in the various sectors”. Mobility according to the speaker is the most efficient way of producing workforce readiness, soft skills (particularly language speaking) technical skills and entrepreneurial culture. MCAST and EfVET will be at the forefront to connect businesses with VET training providers and promote mobility across all sectors of education and training. The latest introduction of Degree Apprenticeships at MCAST is a case in point.
Friday 31 May 2019
MCAST Energy Knowledge Gain in France during the first JUMP2Excel Workshop
MCAST Energy team members participated in a three-day conference organised by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Cadarache, France. Dr Inġ. Brian Azzopardi, JUMP2Excel Coordinator; Renata Mikalauskiene, Projects Manager (Research); and MRes Candidates and Research Support Assistants Marina Prutianov, George Bugeja and Inġ. Albert Zerafa were among the participants. MCAST Energy is part of the MCAST Institute of Engineering and Transport and collaborates with MCAST Capital Projects Department on energy infrastructure projects.
The JUMP2Excel project participants from Malta, Spain (CENER) and France had the opportunity to meet a strong delegation of the Electricity Syndicate of Martinique Island, representatives from the Energy group at Aix-Marseille University, Aéroport Marseille Provence, Mines ParisTech, EDF-SEI Corsica and the CAPENERGIES competitive cluster.
A number of site visits were also organised to CEA outdoor solar test facilities, MEGASOL Platform 13MWp solar photovoltaic facility, Thassalia marine geothermal power plant facility (ENGIE Group) and Cité des Energies micro algae facility.
The JUMP2Excel: Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 810809.
JUMP2Excel activities may be also open to the Maltese research community and the public, free of charge. For further information visit: JUMP2Excel.eu
Tuesday 28 May 2019
MCAST STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MALTA FASHION WEEK
MFW 26 May 19 St Elmo will be an unforgettable experience for the first cohort of fashion students following MCAST’s Advanced Diploma in Fashion and Retail at the Institute for the Creative Arts.
Mr Adrian J. Mizzi Executive Director, Producer & Founder of MFW honoured our students to present their fashion creations on the prestigious catwalk. Students had the opportunity to showcase the pieces they designed and developed throughout the second year of their course. This incentive motivated students to work to their utmost, as they plan to further their development in the sector through future employment and/or more advanced studies. The audience complimented all the students’ work and their reactions were very positive. The works of Alicia Busuttil, Anthea Calleja, Martha Camilleri, Danial Gitmanovich, Dhalia Grech, Natasha Polidano and Andre Xiberras can be seen in the following link:
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