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
14 degrees celsius average November to April temperature
7 degrees celsius lowest winter 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
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
For more information about Malta please refer to the following web resources:
www.visitmalta.com - Malta Tourism Authority
www.gov.mt - Government of Malta
www.timesofmalta.com - "The Times" Maltese newspaper
www.transport.gov.mt - Transport Malta
www.maltairport.com - Malta International Airport