GUG (the Gozo University Group) were welcomed by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, as well as Education minister Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo, at the Auberge De Castille yesterday.
The organization, that was first officially recognized in 1987 for its work in maintaining a successful student life for Gozitans, established this meeting in order to discuss several issues students from our sister island are facing.
In a recent study they carried out, GUG found that 95% of Gozitan students at the University of Malta have the option of sitting for their examinations in Gozo. Their aim is to further increase this percentage so that it will incorporate a totality in the near future. More consensus is evident in that 95% of the students also stated that the maintenance grant to Gozitan students is falling short of rent and transportation expenses, and that it should start to be adjusted with costs of adjusting to a brand new habitation lifestyle. With regards public transport, the study showed these students’ wishes for an operator to be synchronized with the ferry, and are happy with the fact that the new operator will include a new route connecting Ċirkewwa with University and MCAST.
Whilst meeting Dr. Muscat, the group expressed their agreement with the centralization of the MCAST Gozo campus, but at the same time are concerned over the re-allocation of the School of Art and the lack of investment in the Gozo Campus.