Parliament yesterday passed a Bill for an Act to establish the University of Gibraltar setting the Rock up to become a university city. Education Minister Gilbert Licudi, said the new university represents a “massive advancement of what Gibraltar is, what Gibraltar represents and how Gibraltar can develop.”
“As from September of this year, Gibraltar will step up to become a university city. It is a coming of age. It is a transformational moment. It is a milestone in our history which comes only once and which we and, I hope, many generations of Gibraltarians, will cherish.”
This Bill will establish the University of Gibraltar and set the framework for the University to function.
The House had previously passed a Bill to appropriate £10 million for the University and that funding allowed building works to commence.
Mr Licudi said that work continues at “full pace” at the site of the former St Christopher’s school to convert two emblematic buildings into the University.
The university will have four faculties, an institute for professional development and continuing education and a language centre.
The faculties are the Faculty of Health Studies and Sports Science, the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality and the Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences with Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies.
On business, Mr Licudi said courses will initially be offered on a part-time basis through evening classes so they will be accessible to everyone in Gibraltar.
Full-time programmes are expected to be offered as from 2016
Mr Licudi said there would be job opportunities in higher education “which have never been possible in Gibraltar.”
“The University will be an economic driver not just for itself but for the entire community. In a nutshell, the University is an institution for the whole of Gibraltar and I look forward to welcoming everyone to the University when it opens for public viewing in September.”