The Rock’s newest institution, the University of Gibraltar, opened its doors to the local community on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. The Open Days saw almost 2,500 visiting our Europa Campus.
The public were able to see for themselves the refurbishment of the site which previously hosted St Christopher’s School for several decades. The new Campus retained the original features of the buildings which once housed the Defensible Barracks and Bomb Proof House. Visitors were able to view newly built teaching facilities, lecture rooms, tutorial rooms, research labs, simulation hospital suite, training kitchen, library, main hall and the University restaurant with an unparalleled view across the Mediterranean and Bay of Gibraltar.
The guided tours proved most popular. Also well attended were a series of talks focussed on the historical significance of the site, Institute of Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies, development of the campus, how the last Ice Age was felt on the Rock and issues associated with the decarbonising of the Gibraltar Economy.
The University of Gibraltar was officially opened on Monday 21st September 2015.
The opening of the University was described as a red letter day and one of huge pride for all the community – “the day in which we become a University City,” declared Chief Minister Fabian Picardo at the official opening yesterday. The Chair of the University’s governing body, Jose Julio Pisharello, announced the launch of the official University of Gibraltar stamp as well as thanked the public for its overwhelming support.
The inaugural Vice-Chancellor, Professor Daniella Tilbury said in her address “it is a vision, it reflects what we are as a culture and what we aspire to all of which has been captured in the halls and walls of this university. It is a source of local pride but it also aspires to reflect the contemporary values of our community and to contribute to its social economic development that is so important to our future security”.
To view the GBC News coverage of the official inauguration click here.
First Cohort of Students
On Monday 28th September 2015 we welcomed our first cohort of students to our Europa Campus with over 50 students on the AAT Level 2, 3 and 4 courses attending their first lectures.
The University of Gibraltar provides a number of courses in accountancy and bookkeeping offered by Association of Accounting technicians (AAT). The AAT is a professional body for vocational accountants, offering qualifications within a progressive structure which entitle those who have completed the exams and obtained relevant supervised work experience to become an accountant.
For further information regarding courses offered by the University of Gibraltar please visit our homepage.