The Malta College of Arts, Science, and Technology (MCAST) officially launched the new prospectus for the academic year 2023-24 offering 200 courses from introductory level to degree courses. The vocational qualifications offered by the College include a strong element of work-based learning for students to enjoy practical, hands-on learning in various subjects, including creative arts, applied science, engineering, community services, information and communication technology.
The College announced that nine new courses will be offered from October 2023 in response to industry needs:
- Diploma in Early Years
- Higher Diploma in Transportation and Logistics Management
- Bachelor in Conservation (Honours)
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Digital Games Development
- Master of Science in Applied Environmental Science (General)
- Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resource Management
- Master of Science in Environmental Resource Management
- Master of Science in Urban Environmental Science Management
- Master in Conservation
Launching the new course offer, the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, Clifton Grima, said, “Investing in education and skills is a priority. We are now seeing the first cohorts of students who chose vocational subjects successfully progressing to higher education. Our students need to develop skills to be creative, dynamic, problem-solvers, able to work in a group, self-direct, and learn new things. The range of courses the College offers is impressive and a clear message to students to make the most of these learning opportunities.”
College Principal and CEO Professor Joachim James Calleja said, “Full-time registered students have increased by 8% compared to the previous academic year, with more students choosing sciences and engineering-related courses. We are committed to ensuring our students can achieve their career goals while offering a supportive learning environment. Students should have all the information at hand well in advance to make informed choices. The College prides itself in working closely with over 2,175 industry partners to ensure relevance in teaching and learning while catering for the needs of a diverse student population.”
The prospectus was launched during a seminar for industry discussing skills gaps. Over 120 employers participated in the event supported by the Ministry for Education, the Malta Chamber of SMEs, The Malta Chamber and the Malta Employers’ Association.
MCAST has continued to strive towards fostering an open and effective dialogue with industry leaders and industry representatives. The College organised a series of discussions entitled “Encounter – MCAST meets Industry” to understand the changing requirements and opportunities for growth in a drive to take action on improving work-based learning experiences for students.
Prospective students, parents, and guardians can download the prospectus directly from the College website mcast.edu.mt. The publication includes entry requirements, course content and methods and career opportunities.