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Research on vulnerabilities of the built environment

University of Malta pro rector Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino (left) and Dr Ruben Paul Borg flanking Aishath Shaheen (second from left) and Fathimath Shadiya.

University of Malta pro rector Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino (left) and Dr Ruben Paul Borg flanking Aishath Shaheen (second from left) and Fathimath Shadiya.

Academics from the University of Malta are collaborating with partners from Europe and Asia involved in Cabaret, an EU-funded research project that focuses on resilience and the vulnerabilities of the built environment.

The project deals with actions on structures that can, or have been, impacted by catastrophic events, resource and waste management and construction and building materials, within the particular contexts of small island States.

As part of the research project, the University recently hosted Aishath Shaheen and Fathimath Shadiya, deputy vice chancellor and lecturer in development practice respectively from the Maldives National University (MNU) in Male. The Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago consisting of low-elevation coral atolls with a total land area and resident population similar to Malta’s.

Following discussions, there are promising indications that the government of the Maldives may support MNU staff for postgraduate training at the University of Malta.

The focal point person for Cabaret at the University of Malta is Dr Ruben Paul Borg at Faculty of the Built Environment. He may be contacted at ruben.p.borg@um.edu.mt.

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