Prof Joe Friggieri appointed Pro Rector for the Gozo Campus
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Professor Joe Friggieri was appointed Pro Rector for the Gozo Campus at a Council meeting held earlier today.
The appointment is part of the overall plan to develop the Gozo Campus into a fully-fledged and vibrant campus of the University of Malta.
The University said in a statement that “the University intends to offer a wider range of services to all Gozitan students and to better cater for their needs. A pilot initiative to organise some of the examinations of degree programmes in Gozo will be launched in June. This would enable the University to gain a better understanding of the logistical and infrastructural changes that would need to be made in order for this facility to be extended to as many degree programmes as possible.”
“A livelier campus would also serve as a meeting point for the launch of new ideas and projects within the community.”
This year the Gozo Campus celebrates its 20th anniversary under the direction of Professor Lino Briguglio. It was set up originally with the aim of providing evening degree and diploma courses for those who could not pursue their studies in Malta.
Professor Friggieri has lectured on these courses since their inception. He has also been actively involved in the cultural events held there over the years.
The building where the Campus is housed was originally constructed in the mid-19th century. It was transformed into a University establishment – retaining its original structure – with the support of the Ministry for Gozo and inaugurated as a University Centre by the Prime Minister in May 1996.
The University Council said in the statment that it welcomed the decision of the Rector to appoint Professor Joe Friggieri for the new role and thanked Professor Lino Briguglio for his pioneering work and sterling service.
Professor Friggieri joins the other three Pro Rectors of the University of Malta: Professor Mary Anne Lauri for Student & Institutional Affairs; Professor Richard Muscat for Research and Innovation and Professor Alfred Vella for Academic Affairs.
Joe Friggieri is Professor of Philosophy and elected member of Senate representing the academic staff of the Faculty of Arts. He holds doctorates from Milan and Oxford and is a leading poet, playwright and theatre director. His publications include two books on the English philosopher J.L. Austin, three volumes of poetry, three collections of short stories, a number of plays, as well as In-Nisga tal-Hsieb, the first history of philosophy in Maltese.
He has won several literary awards, including the National Literary Prize three times (1993, 1999 and 2003). For his dedication to Philosophy, as well as for his significant contribution to culture and education over many years, he was made a Member of the National Order of Merit in 2008.
Joe Friggieri was chairman of the Manoel Theatre (1990-93), member of the Broadcasting Authority (1993-96), editor of the arts journal Arti (1971-74) and of the monthly newspaper Illum (1975-80), chairman of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2003-05), founder-editor of Kultura 21, as well as presenter and producer of cultural programmes on radio and television.
He was guest research scholar and lecturer at the Universities of Venice, Amsterdam, St Andrews, Augsburg, Genova and Sassari. He is president of the Philosophy Society and a regular contributor to political, social and cultural debate.