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On Thursday 7 September 2017 MCAST held an Energy Day Conference. The first Energy Day Conference focused on a multi-perspective approach within the Energy Research Theme. It aimed on finding global and regional solutions through innovative devices in emerging technologies and systems-level integration for a better community.
During this conference, MCAST and the Energy and Water Agency signed an agreement, which will lead both parties to form strong links between academic research and the dissemination of knowledge to enhance professional training and practice in the energy sector.
MCAST and Enemalta plc signed a collaborative agreement to build a formal framework of collaboration through research projects and scholarships. The agreement was signed at the Institute for Applied Sciences, MCAST Main Campus, in the presence of Hon Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment.


UV glow-in the dark street Soccer and hip hop dance were organised in Zejtun Pjazza which actually saw all the lights being switched off for this very unique event. All this was set up with the help of MCAST Sports Students who teamed up with other local youths to change the pjazza into a glowing playground. The event was organised as part of ‘SHAKE IT’ programme that MOVE (ngo) is organising with the support of Valletta 2018 - European Capital of Culture Foundation as part of the European City of Culture programme, in collaboration with MCAST college and Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector, Street Elements and Zejtun Local Council.
MCAST students studying Sports Courses teamed up with the Malta Association of Physiotherapists (MAP) in collaboration with MOVE Malta and the Malta Health Student Association (MHSA) to celebrate ‘World Physiotherapy Day’
Meet Catherine and Danika, the two new EU Career Ambassadors at University of Malta and MCAST respectively. Their role will include promoting EU Careers within the local education institutions.


Between the 11th and 15th of September 2017, Ms Connie Livori and Mr Kenny Muscat, from the Curriculum Department of Malta’s leading vocational education institution MCAST travelled to Kokand in Uzbekistan to participate in the 2nd transnational meeting of the project RUECVET an Erasmus+ project is to pilot test the ECVET system in the Russian and Uzbek education systems.


On Tuesday 26 September 2017 MCAST awarded CareMalta employees with a Level 3 Award Certificate in Disability Studies and a Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Care. The Awards Ceremony was held at Academy’s Training Facilities in Qormi.


MCAST participated in the 6th edition of Science in the City - European Researchers’ Night. The MCAST stand included 3-dimensional artefacts by creative arts students displaying a merge of human anatomy with artistic design, an information point on the new Northumbria degree in nursing, an ICT stand showcasing the creations in gaming software, an interactive science stand running titration demonstrations and microscopy challenges and an engineering show of automation and biomedical demonstrations. Mechanical engineering students also demonstrated how large-scale holographs can be created and applied to engineering and science applications.


During Freshers' week students were introduced to several student services as well as the different student organizations on campus. Several activities and games were held for students to meet and mingle whilst having fun and learning more about life on campus. Several NGOs as well as commercial entities set up their stands throughout the week. Minister Evarist Bartolo together with Permanent Secretary Dr. Frank Fabri visited Freshers Week
Commissioner For Education Mr. Caruana Carabez also paid a visit
On Tuesday 3rd October President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca visited Fresher’s Week. She visited the various stands including student organization stands and industry stands and also met up with new MCAST students.
The President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca also spent half an hour with MCAST female students discussing the Girl2Leader initiative. The Girl2Leader is a campaign launched by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) and takes place under the distinguished patronage of The President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat visited Fresher's Week
and so did Dr Adrian Delia, Leader of the Opposition and Dr Therese Comodini Cachia, Shadow Minister for Education


On Tuesday 3 October 2017 MCAST announced a EUR 9million project entitled ‘Nurturing Learning Journeys at the MCAST Foundation College’ A European funded project with the aim of empowering students to increase their skills and competences to eventually become economically independent. This will done through the development of tailor-made, innovative technologies for learning as well as continuous mentoring so that students will be given the opportunity to fully engage in their studies and learn in inviting and enjoyable manner.
MCAST IICT Foundation Level 2 students had the opportunity to visit the NS-SIS Unit (National Section – Schengen Information System), Malta Police General Headquarters, Floriana on Monday 2nd October 2017.


On Friday 6 October 2017 MCAST in collaboration with The Brew, a key industry stakeholder and Valletta 2018 launched a limited edition craft beer called ‘Gallery’. This beer will be marketed as the official craft beer for the Valletta 2018 (European Capital of Culture).

Through this ambitious project MCAST students following the Advanced Diploma in Food Technology programme offered at the MCAST Institute for Applied Sciences connected with local key players within the beverage local industry to create the production and promotion of this craft beer. The formulation and production of the craft beer was done in close collaboration with key industry stakeholder The Brew.

Food Technology – Nicholas Borg, Michael Formosa, Alicia Said, Nicholai Zarb.

The Brew brought on board their vast brewing expertise and knowledge in addition to the resources required to be able to produce the beer. Together four MCAST students who just finished their degree in graphic design and The Brew identified and produced the high-quality branding and launched the product on both the local and international markets. This project was undoubtedly a positive learning experience for MCAST students.

Branding - Daniel Galea, Andreas Azzopardi, Alisa Pavia, Michael Grech
Branding - Daniel Galea, Andreas Azzopardi, Alisa Pavia, Michael Grech


The MCAST Institute of ICT and the E-Skills Foundation collaborated to celebrate Code Week 2017. EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creating with code. The idea is to make programming more visible; to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code; to demystify these skills; and bring motivated people together to learn. This year Code Week is celebrating its 5th birthday. In order to mark this milestone, the code week activities will be held over two weeks - from the 7th till the 22nd of October 2017.

Girl2Leader CAMPAIGN

October was remarkable experience for Monique Caruana, one of our students at the Gozo Campus who participated in the Girl2Leader campaign activities recently held in Brussels.

MCAST Technical College and ROC Nijmegen

The MCAST Technical College and ROC Nijmegen, a Dutch regional Vocational Education & Training Centre held a joint one-day conference at MCAST's Main Campus in Paola and MCAST's Institute for the Creative Arts in Mosta to explore the possibility of future cooperation between the two organizations in the fields of Fashion and Retail businesses.

Both teaching institutions offer VET education in Fashion and Retail wherein students learn about the industry through direct hands-on experience. This collaboration will seek to channel Erasmus+ Funds to allow students as well as lecturer exchanges from both organizations.

Ms Wilma Koppelaar and Mr Sabastiaan Roovers who led the ROC Nijmegen delegation both thanked MCAST for organizing this event and looked forward to closer collaboration between the two VET institutions


Between the 18 -20 October 2017 MCAST hosted the 10th International Summit on Stability of Organic and Perovskites Solar Cells (ISOS-10 ‘17) at the Cavalieri Art Hotel, St Julian’s.

This international summit saw the contributions of over sixty contributions, most of whom are of world class status and emerging ones, including Prof. Sang Il Seok from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea who together with his group recorded the certified power conversion efficiency of 22.1% of perovskite solar cell technology on the NREL chart. World record breaker of 3rd generation solar cell efficiency and predicted Nobel Prize winner in Malta. Prof Sang II Seok recent recorded the world record on perovskites solar cells efficiency to 22.3% from his laboratory at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea.

ISOS has been running since 2008 and has rapidly become one of the most attended workshops in the field of third generation of solar cell technology, bringing together an expert community both from industry and academia. The program includes six invited keynote speakers, three invited talks, short talks, poster sessions and round table discussions, creating a unique atmosphere for informal scientific exchange.

Photovoltaics is a fast-growing market where it is predominately dominated by silicon based solar cells. This first generation of solar cells is a mature technology with stable efficiency, stability and lifetime but maybe difficult to recycle and still requires subsidies. Organic and Perovskite solar cells, third generation of solar cells technology, addresses the challenge of cost, materials and productivity while still pose difficulties with stability.

The summit was organised by MCAST Energy Research Group in collaboration with StableNextSol COST Action Project MP1307, supported by COST, European Commission, ICN2, Conventions Malta, Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions (MGPEI), The University of Malta and sponsored by Semilab, National Renewable Energy Laaboratory (NREL), CS Instruments, FLUXIM, CEA Liten, Institut National De L-Energie Solarie, SOLLIANCE, FOM Technologies, CandleLight and D&R Instruments.

MCAST Energy Research Group specialises in global and regional solutions by innovative devices in emerging technologies, systems level integration to policy engagement for better community. The breath of energy research at MCAST includes device fabrication and on-site testing, energy economics and policy, efficient buildings, power systems, renewables and transportation


The ICT Institute within MCAST's Foundation College together with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate embarked on a project to raise health awareness on topics such as obesity, diabetes, salt and sugar level in food as well as drinking and driving. ICT Foundation students (Level 2) developed games using Scratch to help the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate to portray their message across different age groups by using technology.

Bridging the Gap: Student to Business Entrepreneur conference

As part of the SME Week 2017, the Malta Employers’ Association together with the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, MCAST Entrepreneurship Centre and MCAST are organising a Half - day Conference: "Bridging the Gap: Student to Business Entrepreneur".

This event brought together employers and students to discuss issues connected with starting a business and to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs.

The event was held at MCAST Student House, Main Campus, Paola

Following the event, MCAST and the Malta Employers Association signed an agreement, which will lead both parties to collaborate and work closely together.

Through this agreement both parties will collaborate to provide training and work placement opportunities for students following business related courses at MCAST and to identify and address gaps between the curricula of courses offered at MCAST and the requirements of industry.

MCAST is forging another relationship to help bridge the critical gap between the requirements of industry and the world of education. This collaboration will strengthen the already existing relationship with the Malta Employers Association for the benefit of our students who will be better equipped for employment as well as industry that will have their requirements satisfied.” Dr Silvio De Bono President BOG

European Day of Languages

Lecturers from the Learning Support Unit, within the Curriculum Department, participated in the European Day of Languages and S.P.A Certificate Giving Ceremony organised by the Ministry of Education at The Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat. The lecturers had the opportunity to welcome hundreds of Form 3 to Form 5 secondary school students to the MCAST stand. The students had the opportunity to better understand the use of languages for a successful career in future.


Sara Schembri and Andrew Borg Carbott, currently reading for a BA in Journalism at the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts, were amongst the selected students that attended the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels between the 8th and 12th October 2017. Their four-day visit consisted of attending plenary sessions in the European Parliament, visiting EU buildings and the Parlementarium and attending the Regio-Stars Awards Ceremony.

That's it for this October '17 edition of MCAST's Newsletter. May we take this opportunity to remind you that you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and our website, which is currently being redesigned.

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