One of these bourses was launched for the first time, that of veterinary studies who wish to take their studies to a tertiary level, including a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree. Over the coming days applications will open for the €2.3 million allocated schemes.
Applications may be made for the following of studies in Malta as well as overseas if these are recognised by the University. This will include full-time or part-time courses as well as those of distance learning. Certain restrictions have also been removed because previously those studying full-time were barred from working in employment exceeding 20 hours. The hours are now open as long as the qualifications are obtained.
Students may choose from a wide variety of subjects including the arts and sport. For the first time this will include veterinary courses as previously these could not be offered in Malta. This vet study bourse will lead to the application for a vet licence. It is important to note that those who started studies in 2016 may apply as well as those who will be starting courses for the new scholastic year 2020 – 2021.
Parliamentary Secretaries Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and Clifton Grima worked with the Education Ministry to strengthen and bring together one strong framework for the benefit of students.
Education Minister Owen Bonnici said that four schemes known as Tertiary Education Scholarship, Arts Scholarship, Malta Sports Scholarship and Veterinary are financed from public funds while the Endeavour Scheme will be financed through EU Funds.
He said that 500 students are expected to benefit from these schemes while he explained this as another measure of social justice for those who could not continue their studies for financial reasons and are now being supported to achieve their academic ambitions and aspirations.