Industry Professionals and Academics attend the Nursing Symposium at MCAST

May 10, 2024 Communications

The Institute of Applied Sciences at MCAST (IAS) held a Nursing Symposium on campus in Paola.

The event brought together local and international nursing experts, international guest speakers, academics, students, and other significant stakeholders from within the nursing industry to exchange knowledge and experiences in a way that promotes the importance of the nursing profession.


The Nursing symposium was organised by a group of academics teaching at MCAST’s Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS).  Speaking during the event launch, IAS director Paula Grech Bonnici said, “This symposium offers opportunities to MCAST nursing students to network with local private and public organisations, enhancing their outlook on potential work placements and exploring avenues for further development. As a College, we are committed to strengthening ties with industry leaders and professionals, including within the nursing sector, to ensure the industry relevance of our courses and the provision of increased career opportunities for our students.”


The symposium helped bring the research and practice components of nursing closer while providing networking opportunities for students following the BSc Nursing programme at the college and healthcare professionals.


International speakers, Professor Alison Machin, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health in the United Kingdom, and Dr Lindsay Groenvynck, a researcher at Maastricht University, attended the event. During their interventions, both speakers outlined the importance of the Nursing profession locally and internationally. They earmarked how nurses help make the healthcare industry more robust and efficient for the whole community’s benefit. Discussions on innovative education and clinical nursing practice were also held during the event.


The Nursing symposium helped nursing students at MCAST by boosting their professional development by enhancing their knowledge, skills, and understanding of current trends and best practices. The event’s main sponsor was Care Malta and support was also give by Medina Healthcare.

MCAST’s Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) offers a wide range of courses, from Level 1 certificates to Level 6 Bachelor’s Degrees. Interested applicants can follow this link to learn more about the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and courses.