The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. There are some 10,000 students including over 600 foreign/exchange students from nearly 60 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. Almost 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually.
The participants in the projects work in the Department of International Relations within the Faculty of Arts. The department is committed to improve the humanitarian sector through high quality education and applied Training for Humanitarian Action. In this regard a courses are already being run in Development and Development assistance and in The Political Economy of Africa. The department will also be running a Masters program in 2012 on International Governance which will focus on areas of civil society and development. The Department also collaborates SOS with SOS Malta and students from the department have completed internships with the organization working on different humanitarian projects.