More Mcast students continuing their studies
Mcast recently held a number of certificate presentation ceremonies at its main campus in Paola to recognise the achievements of students who completed Level 1 to Level 4 courses during the 2010/2011 academic year.
Mcast principal and CEO Maurice Grech expressed his satisfaction that 73 per cent of these students chose to further their studies at the college rather than seek employment.
He explained that it is becoming increasingly difficult for low-skilled persons to find employment, meaning that when students extend their studies to higher levels, they are increasing their chances of securing better-paid jobs, assuring greater job security and facilitating their own mobility.
He said Mcast was working hard to ensure that all prospective students, irrespective of their education level, are provided with numerous opportunities to acquire new skills and post-secondary qualifications.
The introduction of the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) level 1 and MQF level 2 programmes a few years ago helped students who ended compulsory education without the required qualifications to learn the necessary basic skills and proceed to post-secondary education.
Prof. Grech welcomed the fact that no less than 92 per cent of the 462 students who completed level 2 courses last year have continued their studies at level 3 (diploma) this year; a huge success which he attributed to Mcast’s dedicated staff.
Through Mcast’s vocational degree programmes, these students can now take Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees as well.
The college recently secured substantial EU funds to revise and upgrade all its programmes and introduce new courses, to encourage more students to obtain higher qualifications.