A representative from the University of Gibraltar was in Malta this week to attend the second meeting of the Network of Universities of Small Countries and Territories (NUSCT).
The meeting was hosted by the University of Malta’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Alfred J. Vella who welcomed delegates from universities in Andorra, Greenland, San Marino, Malta and Gibraltar. The day-long gathering included presentations about the opportunities of new technologies like blockchain and on the challenge of scale across the higher education sector.
During the meeting, the delegates signed two agreements to facilitate the mobility of staff and students across the members of the network. Amaia Fernandez, University of Gibraltar’s European and International Funding Officer said, “The University of Gibraltar is proud to be partnering with other small universities, discussing common challenges and exploring avenues for collaboration for the benefit of our students and communities”.
The agreement has a direct impact on University of Gibraltar students as it provides yet another opportunity for them to study abroad at NUSCT partner universities. The agreement benefits the community too as it promotes Gibraltar as a research hub for areas such as marine science, Mediterranean studies and new technologies.
NUSCT aims to facilitate benchmarking in areas of mutual interest such as higher education governance, forging research partnerships with industry and fundraising initiatives. The Network also provides a platform for exchanging information and best practices in financing models and internationalisation efforts.