Malta, a member of the European Union, abounds in history and culture and is blessed by a mild and congenial Mediterranean climate. It is a small island of 300 square kilometers with a small population of 413,000 known for its friendliness and hospitality.
Malta’s numerous archeological sites bear witness to an intriguing pre-historic era stretching well beyond Phoenician times interlacing the cultures and civilizations that swept the Mediterranean and which have left their visible marks. The Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, the French and the British have left legacies to posterity which altogether make Malta so unique. Malta became independent in 1964 .
Malta is within easy reach of any country in Europe and the world. There are daily flights to Rome and London and several flights a week to major cities in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Sicily can be reached by a fast hydrofoil and three times a week, by a passenger /ro-ro liner. All this makes Malta an ideal site for an international centre and seat of learning.
From time immemorial, Malta’s destiny has been intimately linked to the sea. Its strategic location in the center of the Mediterranean – coupled with its excellent, deep and sheltered harbours – has been mainly responsible for Malta’s development as a maritime centre. Its harbours provided a safe and useful haven on the major sea-routes and established Malta as a major entrepot for trade and an important bunkering station.
Within the Mediterranean, maritime navigation, trade and commerce have flourished under the influence of widely accepted and respected rules of maritime law, at times codified as in the Consolato del Mare. Malta’s maritime role has ensured that the study and practice of maritime law has flourished amongst the island’s legal profession. Indeed, it is this legal tradition which contributed to the formulation of the Maltese initiative at the 1967 United Nations General Assembly that culminated in the adoption of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Malta also hosts the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), established under the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and administered by IMO.
Valletta seen from the University Campus
Geographical Location and Climate
Malta is a small island (27km x 14.4 km) located in a strategic position in the center of the Mediterranean, between Italy (Sicily) and Tunisia. It has much of historical and cultural interest for visitors and has long maintained an interest in maritime affairs.
The climate is generally warm. Temperatures are as follows:
35 degrees celsius highest summer temperature
In the winter, the weather may become cold and stormy from time to time. Students are advised to bring appropriate warm and waterproof clothing for winter, as no clothing allowance is available. Further details can be obtained from www.maltaweather.com
The currency in Malta is the Euro. For more information about exchange rates visit the website of the Central Bank of Malta www.centralbankmalta.com.
Rental accommodation is available in residential areas, in the vicinity of the University. The monthly rent of a modest furnished apartment is approximately 300 to 500 Euro, depending on the number of bedrooms. The monthly expenses of food and other living costs could amount to 240 to 340 Euro per person depending on one’s lifestyle.
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