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Mcast: the info – James Calleja


Sep 4, 2022

I consult with the Occasions of Malta article titled ‘Institutionalised lawlessness’ authored by the opinionist Justin Schembri on February 17, 2020.

The article is one more one authored by this opinionist who constantly seeks to undermine and tarnish the nice popularity and exhausting work of Mcast as one of many main academic establishments on this nation.

Schembri appears to color an image of an establishment the place all workers and college students are constantly extremely demotivated and dealing in “Soviet-style” situations. Nonetheless, Schembri as soon as once more fails to substantiate these claims by concrete examples – the reason is that the allegations are unfaithful and unfounded and due to this fact can’t be substantiated.

The declare that Mcast entrusts choices to a handful of managers is unfounded. Mcast constantly seeks the enter of each lecturers and college students in all its educational choices.

Though it’s true that, for a time, the Board of Research was not convened, choices of educational significance had on the time been taken by the Council of the Institutes, which is the next authority within the Mcast hierarchy and which incorporates the participation of each educational workers and college students.

The Training Act mentions the participation of heads of departments in convening the Board of Research. But it doesn’t outline the position of the mentioned heads of departments. On this respect, Mcast has gone above and past the requisites of the Training Act and has not solely given the mentioned heads of departments the next standing when placing them into grades of deputy administrators, however has additionally launched the idea of Institute Vocational Coordinators whose perform is to oversee a gaggle of programs within the explicit institute with a view to be sure that the right customary is being consistently attained.

The implication that the Institute administrators are considerably unqualified is uncalled for and nothing wanting a lie which undermines not solely the non-public popularity of the institute administrators but additionally that of the establishment as an entire.

Whereas it’s right to state that almost all institute administrators aren’t in possession of a PhD qualification, all have a Grasp’s stage qualification (in some instances a couple of) and each deputy principals to whom the mentioned administrators are answerable maintain PhDs.

Mcast is undoubtedly a hit story

Moreover, it have to be saved in thoughts that Mcast is an expert and vocational establishment and therefore the fixed comparability to educational establishments is futile and deceptive. The time period College Faculty solely referred to the truth that the Mcast can now supply MQF 6 and MQF 7 {qualifications} and at no level did the Mcast concern any certificates underneath the symbol of a College Faculty.

When it comes to the brand new Analysis Framework, the varied statements relating to a nine-member early analysis committee are full untruths. This early pilot committee arrange years in the past ran for lower than two years and didn’t make any headway into launching analysis for the five hundred teachers working full-time at Mcast. This pilot committee solely managed to go so far as to pilot analysis hours with 4 handpicked teachers.

It’s comical that the phrase ‘lawlessness’ is used, when it’s only now {that a} formal Analysis Framework has been utilized with ample checks and balances, nicely guided underneath working procedures which can be obtainable for all to entry, and thoroughly overseen by a newly recruited workforce of six extremely certified senior analysis officers and a analysis director.

It’s this new full-time devoted workforce that oversees all analysis and studies to the Mcast Utilized Analysis and Innovation Centre, working hand-in-hand with the six institutes which can be in the end chargeable for this analysis useful resource.

Below the brand new framework, each lecturer inside Mcast is granted the chance to hold out analysis and, when it’s the case, the lecturer involved can have quite a lot of educating hours substituted with analysis hours.

One should word that, however the few months because the launch of the brand new Analysis Framework, over 40 lecturers have already taken on energetic analysis and are utilising analysis hours, over 30 lecturers are following the Mcast Masters in Analysis, and the Mcast Analysis Journal has gone biannual for the very first time.

Naturally, the method must be monitored and supervised as it will be completely irresponsible of an establishment to reduce the educating load after which not be sure that analysis hours are being utilised for the betterment of each the person and the establishment.

In his article, Schembri laments the truth that Mcast has consistently refused and couldn’t reply his “persistent questions” relating to Mcast’s standing as an establishment. This declare is slanderous at greatest.

Not solely has the Mcast answered Schembri’s allegations time and time once more by way of varied newspaper articles, which he has revealed with out making the required verifications, however a workforce from Mcast, which included the principal and CEO himself, personally met with Schembri in a gathering which lasted simply over an hour throughout which Schembri was given all the reasons and solutions he required.

Moreover, Schembri has additionally refused a direct invitation by the deputy principal R&I to affix him in interactions with researchers, and has not even tried to speak, meet up, or test his info earlier than pasting these on the media. 

Mcast is undoubtedly a hit story which started as an experiment and has as we speak flourished into an establishment which is residence to 12,000 college students.

It’s a pity that articles similar to Schembri’s, in an try to push a private agenda with out the required verification, undermine all the nice and devoted work which is consistently going down and the nice popularity of all involved, particularly the five hundred teachers who’ve solely now been given the possibility to increase their skilled attain into the much-needed utilized analysis realm.

James Calleja is principal and CEO of Mcast.

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