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Science graduate laments lack of laboratory resources

A shortage of “simple resources” in laboratories was hindering University students from doing certain scientific investigations for their thesis, according to a science student who addressed graduates yesterday.

“I imagine a foreign professor thinks some of our laboratory equipment forms part of a museum,” graduate Julia Alexander said in a ceremony at University.

The computer with a floppy disk drive, fume cupboards that did not work and leaky working benches were clear examples of lack of investment in the Biology and Chemistry Department, she said.

Ms Alexander also criticised the parrot-like method of teaching still used by certain lecturers, who crammed huge amounts of knowledge in one hour. “Although it’s negative and shameful, this is reality,” she said.

In another speech, Matthew Agius, who graduated from the European Documentation and Research Centre, called on the government to implement its promise to set up a trust fund. The fund, which would attract private investment, would help widen the opportunities available to University students, he said.

The graduates were:

Diploma In Agriculture

Alan Agius, Philip Borg, Maria Caruana, John Baptist Cassar, Joyce Farrugia, Mario Farrugia, Alessandra Grech, Immanuel Grima, Karl Grima, Daniel Micallef, Rebecca Sammut and Jonathan Tanti.

Diploma In Information Communication Technology

Mario Attard, Edward James Borg, Sebastian Cachia, Samuel Camilleri, Andre Grima and Jake Mamo.

Bachelor Of European Studies (Honours)

Sponsor: Dr Mark Anthony Harwood

Lailla Abdul Karim, Charlene Abela, Matthew Agius, Serife Atici, Yuliya Azzopardi Mazur, Maria Baldacchino, Jennifer Belli, Noelle Borg, Jeanette Buhagiar, Andrew Tony Camilleri, Ariana Marion Camilleri, Greta Camilleri, Ylenia Caruana, Sean George Cutajar, Antonella Gatt, Cain Grech, Marylyn Hili, Ekaterina Mayorova, Glorianne Mizzi, Antonella Pace, Pamela Marie Vella, Stefan Vella and Larkin Zahra.

Bachelor Of Science (Honours) In Information And Communication Technology

Sponsor: Dr Ernest Cachia

Terence Zarb, Jonathan Abela, Clint Agius, Gareth Mark Agius, Melanie Aquilina, Andrew Attard, Maria Attard, Jean Azzopardi, Kyle Azzopardi, Peter Andrew Bartolo, Rodrick Borg, Alison Borg Ebejer, Aaron Briffa, Antoine Briffa, Edward Brincat, Abner Bugeja, Conrad Bugeja, Leonard Busuttil, Glenn Calleja, Roderick Caruana, Stefan Caruana, Shawn Cassar, Isaac Cefai, Matthew Croker, Wayne John Doublet , Graziella Ellul, Justin Farrugia, Kevin Farrugia , Brendan Fenech, Biniam Fessehaye, Rodianne Formosa, Keith Galdies , Stephen Galea, Isabel Gambin, Brian Gatt, Tyrone Gatt, Shaun Grech, Ilia Lazarov, Karl Mallia, Jesmond Mansueto, Stephanie Ann Meilak, David Micallef, Theo Micallef, Jonathan Mifsud, Liliana Mifsud, Albert Pace, Nicholai Portelli, Karl Pullicino, Matthew Sammut, Shawn Sammut, Gilbert Savona, Lara Schembri, Michael Schembri, Dorielle Scicluna, Mark Spiteri, Kurt Sultana, Olen Terribile, Sara Trapani, Gianluca Valentino, Ryan Vassallo, Gilbert Vella, Lydia Vella, Sandro Zahra and Charlon Zammit Stanmore.

Bachelor Of Science In Information Technology (Honours)

Sponsor: Dr Ernest Cachia

David Briffa, James Abela, Braden Borg, Erika Louise Borg, Roberta Borg, Sarah Borg, Andrew Borg Cardona, Maria Bouvett, Aaron Buhagiar, Dale Pierre Busuttil, Aaron Calafato, John Camilleri, Charlene Cassar, John Paul Cassar, Keane Cassar, Leanne Chilton, Lara Cini, Keith Cortis, James Cuschieri, Keith Cutajar, Joseph Paul Darmanin, David Debattista, Christine De-bono, Christopher Demicoli, Darren Demicoli, Daniela Desira, Gabriel Dimech, Stefania Farrugia , Brian Fenech, Michele Fenech Adami, Justin Galea, Keith Galea, Lukas Galea, Steven Galea, James Gatt, Michael Grech, Roderick Grech, Gianluca Magro, Samantha Mallia, Audrey Mifsud, Joelle Mifsud Taliana, Mark Pace, Mauro Pirrone, Josef Pullicino, Shawn Ritchie, Neil Sammut, Matthew Scerri, Matthew Scerri, Dylan Seychell, Shaun Tabone and Marc Tanti.

Bachelor Of Science In Information Technology

Sponsor: Dr Ernest Cachia

Matthew Delicata and Stephan Galea.

Bachelor Of Science (Honours) In Mediterranean Agro-Ecosystems Management

Sponsor: Dr. Louis F. Cassar

Mario Cardona, Ursola Caruana, Gilbert Cutajar, Sammy Magro, Joseph Mizzi, Jeffrey Sciberras, Darren Vella, Petra Zammit and Jamila Zawia.

Diploma In Social Studies

Remi Armeni, Manuel Briffa, Pierre Calleja, Jonathan Callus, Lorna Callus, Nicolina Callus, Alexia Marie Camilleri, Jeremy James Camilleri, Vincent Camilleri, Edmea Caruana, Charlot Cauchi, Pierre Conti, Joseph Cremona, Maria Regina Debono Caruana, Jason Deguara, Maris Galdes Giappone Farrugia, Alfred Fenech, Carmen Fenech, James Graham, William Grech, Hector Mamo, Elizabeth Micallef, Therese Micallef, Dolerita Mifsud, Stefan C. Salomone, Godfrey Scerri, Sue Ellen Schembri, Elke Sghendo, Andrew Spiteri, Stephen Vassallo, Edmond Vella, Victor Vella, James Craig Wightman and Ivan Zahra.

Diploma In Policing

Raymond Aquilina, Keith Ar-naud, Pierre Attard, Malcolm Bondin, Emmanuel Silvio Camilleri, Sandro Camilleri, Priscilla Caruana, Ivan Cilia, Carlos Cordina, Edmond Cuschieri, Mario Cuschieri, Jesmond Delicata, Jeanne Farrugia, Yvonne Farrugia, Fabian Fleri, Jean Paul Formosa, James Grech, Kenneth Haber, Tony Illatar Cachia, Michael Alan Mallia, Arthur Mercieca, Anna Marie Micallef, Jesmond Micallef, Trevor Victor Micallef, Graziella Muscat, Nikolai Sant, Bernard Charles Spiteri, Frank Anthony Tabone, Elton Taliana, Robert Vella, Daniel Zammit, Roderick Zammit, Sandra Giovanna Zammit and Spiridione Zammit.

Diploma In Criminology

Anna Cassar, Rita Catherine Mangion Bianco and Jonathan Mifsud.

Bachelor Of Sacred Theology

Sponsor: Prof. Emmanuel Agius

David Torpiano, Glen Attard, Stephen Paul Attard, Rene Antoine Cilia, Alessandra Dee Crespo, Nich­olas Dimech and Stephen Magro.

Bachelor Of Arts (Honours) In Theology

Sponsor: Prof. Emmanuel Agius

Mary Carmen Attard, Suzanne Aufieri, Miriam Azzopardi, Claudia Bartolo Tabone, Carmen Borg Micallef, John Busuttil, Emmanuela Camilleri, Joseph Camilleri, Lorian Camilleri, Joeline Delicata, Ann Marie Farrugia, David Galea, Mary Grech Hardie, Mary Rose Lewis, Stephen Magri, Carmen Mangion, Marita Sacco, Victor Francis Said, Gabriel Spiteri, Joseph Spiteri, John Baptist Sultana, Claudio Xuereb, Ruth Zammit Marmara’ and Elaine Zarb.

Bachelor Of Arts In Theology And Human Studies

Sponsor: Prof. Emmanuel Agius

Terrence Spiteri, Luke Cutajar, Justin Gerada, Brian Gialaze, Antoine Joseph Hili and Walter Vassallo.

Bachelor Of Science (Honours)

Sponsor: Prof. Charles V. Sammut

Andrew Mifsud, Marika Sciriha, Maureen Agius, Julia Ruth Alexander, Andrea Ali, Justin Attard, Thomas Michael Attard, Erika Azzopardi, Jacqueline Barbara, Edward Bonello, Katryna Bonello, David Joseph Borg, Antoine Borg Micallef, Jeanine Bugeja, Maria Calleja, Duncan Camilleri, Rosanne Camilleri, Anne Marie Caruana, Reuben Cauchi, James Ciarlo`, Denise Marie Cilia, Andrea Cini , Melchior Cini, Charmaine Cordina, Elizabeth Cremona, Esther Cutajar, Maristelle Darmanin, Anthony John Debono, Mark Debono, Michael Debono, Francis Delicata, Gavin Ellul, Maria Ellul, Reuben Ellul, Zachary Charles Engerer, Andrew Farrugia, Diane Farrugia, Jean Paul Farrugia, Daniel Galea, Norelle Galea, Rosanne Gatt, Giuseppe Gauci, Leanne Grech, Ruth Grech Marguerat ,Paul Herrera, Stephanie Mallia, Cheryl Ann Mamo, Marija Mangion, Reno Micallef, Christine Mifsud, Sabrina Miggiani, Lara Emma Montebello, Nadine Napoli, Matthew Pace, Sean Pace, Sharon Pace, Yannick Pace, Jackson Said, Oliver Said, Lara Scerri, Mikaela Scerri, Maria Elena Schembri, Audrey Anne Scicluna, Daniel Scicluna, Daniel Seguna, Kim Talbot, Katya Vella, Stephanie Wallbank, Nadine Xuereb and Benjamin Zerafa.

Bachelor Of Science

Sponsor: Prof. Charles Sammut

Christine Azzopardi, John Azzopardi, Bernard Bezzina, Maria Camilleri, James Cassar, Yanica Darmanin, Justine Gauci, Jill Pillow and Andrew Sammut.

Postgraduate Diploma In Applied Chemistry

Randolph Bonnici and Robert Cordina.

Postgraduate Certificate In Spirituality

Tyrone Grima.

Postgraduate Diploma In Bioethics

Lesley-Ann Lewis.

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