The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense which was set up through direct papal intervention on 12 November 1592. This college was run by the Jesuits on the lines of their other colleges established elsewhere and known as 'Collegia Externorum', catering for non-Jesuit students.
UM is committed to high standards of research and teaching and every member of staff at UM plays an important role and contributes to outstanding student experience.
Today UM is composed of fourteen faculties, a number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres, three schools and a junior college.
Besides the main campus, situated at Msida, there are three other campuses: Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Gozo.
At UM research projects address current needs and opportunities, as well as those that may affect the country in the future. This is done in conjunction with Government and private industry, and also by participating in EU research programmes and funding.
One of the key tasks of the International Office at the University of Malta is to guide prospective and current students. We are available to provide information about admissions, English language requirements, course requirements, comparability of GCE Advanced Level Grades with the Advanced Matriculation Level Grades awarded by the MATSEC Board, accommodation, visas, health tests, tuition fees and financial support.
The Library’s mission is to support the University’s teaching and research programmes by providing adequate scholarly information resources, emerging technologies and user support services.
IT Services manages a number of wireless hotspots in designated areas on campus. The service enables University of Malta (UM) staff, students and visitors to connect to the campus network using laptops and other devices that support wireless connections.
The Health and Wellness Centre at the Msida Campus offers services aimed at enhancing the wellness of UM staff and students.
The University sports and recreational facilities are made available to all students upon request. Outdoor facilities include a football pitch, an athletics track and two 5-a-side football courts, whilst a multi-purpose sports hall is available for various sports activities including handball.
UM has several student societies that are recognised by Senate and are an integral part of campus life. These societies offer students the chance to become involved in interests other than those that are purely academic and to develop a network of friends, besides broadening the outlook to life.