Article sent by: EEC / ITIS Malta Institute. The Intitute has two faculties, English Language studies (EEC) and Touirsm Management stuides (ITIS). The Centre is situated in a residential and affluent area called "Kappara" in the limits of Sliema, San Gwann, Paceville, St. Julian's area. The building itself is spacious, having bright rooms, highly finished in marble and mahogany fittings and fixtures. The school can accommodate 100 students per week and can also extend to a further 150 students per week in summer. The Centre is just 20 minutes walking distance from the Strand, Sliema, with accommodation, shopping, banking, recreational and other facilities close at hand. The Institute is licenced and accredited by the Ministry of Education and recognised by IMI, ITIS and by the Euro Institute for Higher Education known as Euro University (Cook Islands).
A Brief History
The three small Maltese islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino, pre-history dates back to 5200 BC. The long list of Malta's colonizers, The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Norman's, Castilians, Order of the Knights of St. John, the French and finally, the British Empire, is indicative to the important role Malta played in the moulding of European and Mediterranean history. The Maltese love festivities and through their religious culture one can witness colourful celebrations throughout the seasons. Their Characteristic joviality springs mainly from the agreeable, sunny, warm Mediterranean climate.
The British ruled the islands for over 160 years. During the British period the University of Malta statutes and regulations were brought into line with universities in the United Kingdom and is still the same till this very day. In 1964 Malta obtained its independence, becoming a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth as the head of state, represented by a governor general. In 1974, it became a republic, severing allegiance to Britain . Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2008.
Why study in Malta ?
Malta is full of sunshine, crystal clear waters and renowned friendly people, makes Malta an obvious choice by many people all over the World as a perfect place to study English. English is Malta's official second language and is spoken by everyone. Ever increasing demand by students to learn and practice English, in these unique Mediterranean Island , certifies Malta success in this field and has earned its reputation of being one of the finest resources for students to study English as a foreign language. Being a excellent holiday resort Malta is also a treasure trove of art, history and stark beauty out of all proportion to its size.
English and Tourism Studies
Apart from English Language schools Malta also hosts many foreign students in other academic institutions of higher education. The largest and oldest institution of higher education on the islands is the state owned University of Malta , founded by Jesuits in 1592. The university is the highest degree granting institution in Malta and is open to all qualified students. Private collages and institutes are opening every year in IT, Tourism, Business administraion and Management. Only a few however cater for forgien students, such as ITIS Malta tourism institute . The islands are in themselves a tourism heaven that hosts over 100 hotels, a large number of restaurants and entertainment centres. About half the jobs in the archipelago are connected directly or indirectly to tourism. Tourism is the strongest pillar of the Maltese economy. This environment makes Malta a perfect place for any student in tourism studies to learn and practice within reality.
Malta's historical heritage and climate contributes much to its success and popularity as a tourist destination. Malta's climate is strongly influenced by the sea and has a typical Mediterranean flavour. Winters are mild with rare occurrences of cold weather brought by north and north-east winds from Central Europe . Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Day-Time temperatures in summer are often cooling by sea breezes, but in spring and autumn, a very hot wind from Africa occasionally brings unpleasant high temperatures. This is scirocco, which also affects Greece and Italy ; in Malta the air is usually rather drier because of the short sea track from the African coasts. Annual rainfall in the Maltese Islands is low - averaging 578mm a year - and the length of the dry season in summer is longer than in Southern Italy . The Islands have a very sunny climate with a daily average of five to six hours of sunshine in mid-Winter and more than 12 hours a day in summer.