Gozo Minister discusses student issues with Gozo University Group
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The Gozo University Group recently met with the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, during which their views were put forward on the various issues Gozitan students encounter and how the organisation aims to work on such concerns.
One of the points raised by the GUG, was the current position of the Gozo Campus in Xewkija which forms part of the University of Malta and how additional development could help it gain further potential.
GUG said that it believes that the University Campus “could be more efficient and could also offer more benefits to Gozitan citizens.” Video conferencing policies were among the proposals put forward.
Also discussed was how Gozo’s role and position in successfully tapping EU funds will be effected, because as the GUG pointed out, “Malta will become a net contributor, rather a net receiver of EU funds.”
Dr. Justyne Caruana informed the GUG that the Gozo Ministry is currently working on schemes aimed at Gozitan students that will be implemented in the upcoming budget.
The Organisation also stressed the issue of rising rental prices that has become a huge burden on Gozitan students and their families.
GUG said that they were pleased that, “Dr.Caruana proposed that there should be capping in rent prices for Gozitan students who are renting in Malta.”
They said that the Minister had remarked that, “low-income students and families who have financial burdens should not hesitate to come forward and receive the financial help needed.” The GUG said that “an affirmation of such economic state is however required through a written legal letter.”
It added that “through its new website, the Gozo University Group, in collaboration with the President’s Foundation and Malta Community Chest Fund, offers the student the facility of contacting these entities directly – The Financial Aid Programme.
The Organisation said that the proposed fast ferry services and the implementation of the second fibre optic cable were also discussed in the meeting.
There were discussions about what was described as, “the inadequate state of the bus stop at the Cirkewwa terminal.”
It was pointed out that the position of the bus stop “lacks efficiency as it provides no protection from rain and excessive winds nor enough shade on sunnier days.”
The Gozo University Group concluded its statement by saying that it would like to warmly thank the Minister for her invitation to meet at the Ministry, and complimented Dr Caruana and the Gozo Ministry, “for their hard work and enthusiasm and wish them every success on their projects in the coming years.”
The Gozo University Group said that it will “always serve as the main reference point with regards to Gozitan Students and will continue striving to facilitate the student life in Malta and Gozo.”