15 March 2006

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Private institutions clamour for more space in higher education services

Private higher education institutions are calling on government to give them more space to operate in and are asking the Commission for Higher Education to recommend changes in the legal framework that would ensure the sector becomes a vibrant industry.
In a statement Roseanne Galea, the President of the Malta Association of Private Training Providers insisted that following the nomination of Prof. Juanito Camilleri as university rector, the university should not expect to hold a seat on the Commission for Higher Education. Prof. Camilleri had been a member of the commission in his personal capacity.
“University should not expect to hold a seat on the Commission of Higher Education unless such seats where given to other stakeholders as well. The commission should be fair and unbiased. One of its objectives should be to recommend changes in the legal framework to give more space to private higher education providers to operate as well,” Galea said.
The association insisted that it is all in favour of the setting up of the Commission for Higher Education and wants to see a complete overhaul in this sector.
The Malta Association for Private Training Providers was only recently set up with the aim of providing a strong national body for private education and training institutions in Malta. The MAPTP has over 30 corporate members employing hundreds of people on a full time and part time basis and training on a yearly basis thousands of individuals from Malta and abroad.
The mission of the organisation is to work proactively with government, education and training providers, industry and community organisations in order to ensure that vocational and higher education and training services are of high quality, provide choice and diversity and are well targeted, appropriately delivered and widely accessible. To achieve this, the association will represent the private sector to government, education offices, industry and the public in general.
It will also promote the widespread participation of private education and training institutions in national initiatives. It also plans to disseminate information to and among members and from members to external organisations and the public.

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