At Island Innovation we are strongly committed to driving sustainable change across island and rural communities, and to helping the international community work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG4 aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. The transformational power of high-quality education is undeniable and the ability to learn new information, knowledge and skills offers life-long value to those able to take advantage of it, as well as for the societies that they live in, as greater education leads to increased prosperity.
The Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta (ISSI) was founded over 30 years ago and offers a fantastic range of island development focused courses. These are of great benefit to those who want to help to shape sustainable island communities of the future, especially those from Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Students are attracted to studying at ISSI for a variety of reasons including being able to study a multidisciplinary programme that looks at the economic, social and environmental aspects of SIDS, the focus on the geographic aspects of island states, the diversity of students, the flexibility of learning, the excellent teaching staff, the holistic approach to studying islands, and the ability to utilise distance learning. Another significant appeal of studying at ISSI, is Malta itself which is an island with an incredible history, culture and climate, and as many students have noted, can provide important lessons to small island states across the world. The University of Malta is also a highly prestigious educational institution which was founded over 250 years ago, adding an even greater appeal to studying at ISSI.
We are excited to share the news that the Maltese Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) in collaboration with the Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta (ISSI), is providing scholarships for students who are nationals of certain Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Citizens of the following countries are eligible: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Starting with the Academic Year 2021/22, the MFEA will be offering:
(1) two annual scholarships for students reading for a full-time Master of Arts (Research on Islands and Small States), and
(2) one scholarship for a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) student.
Selection criteria, among others, include past academic achievement and quality in the research proposal.
Stefano Moncada, Director of the ISSI, stated that “these scholarships are part of a recent collaboration agreement between the University of Malta and the Maltese Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs. It allows students from Small Island Developing States to engage in our postgraduate research and study in a centre of excellence specialising in Islands and Small States Studies. This will not only contribute to their individual academic and professional development but, we hope, also to the broader sustainable development of their respective countries. We believe this is a brilliant opportunity for the Maltese Government and for the University of Malta to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the promotion of development cooperation scenarios which are a win-win for all.”