Global College Malta launches new €14,000 After-Graduation Awards
Global College Malta (GCM) have been showcasing their new after-graduation scholarships worth €14,000 this year to celebrate the outstanding innovation, creativity and impact of this new Malta tertiary education facility and its vitally different approach to Malta's higher education sector in delivering world-class teaching, courses, student opportunities and engagement. The new After-Graduation Award is an award in cash to students who are successful in their studies at GCM.
The awards aim to recognise and reward students that demonstrate genuine commitment and performance, consistent delivery, and meaningful engagement with tutors and faculty members both inside Global College Malta and beyond, with the potential to develop their talent and knowledge-base further in a career role. The best student from each degree course, who did not receive the Merit & Motivation Scholarship, will be eligible for the new After-Graduation Award.
Located at SmartCity, Global College Malta offers a sophisticated state-of the art learning environment and gives students the opportunity to study alongside and share cross-cultural insights with people from diverse countries. In this environment students will be trained to become leaders and managers in a variety of business and IT sectors, for both global and local markets. Global College Malta is the first European College offering university degrees according to British standards at SmartCity.
After-Graduation Awards may be shared by exceptional students at Global College Malta. GCM Rector Professor Brian Smart said, "At Global College Malta we are committed to providing high-quality education through dedicated international higher education professionals, all we do is to the highest equivalent British education standards. We were delighted to introduce GCM's After-Graduation Awards which will recognise and celebrate the very best of our students. They are, after all, what makes this tertiary education facility so distinctive in combination with our SmartCity location, innovative programmes and imported top-notch staff. The After-Graduation Award is unique as it gives a chance to students, who did not achieve good grades during their studies prior to entering GCM and were thus not eligible for a Merit & Motivation Scholarship. "
Professor Smart continued, "With the job market for recent graduates looking quite promising in Malta, many young people are considering the next study step in their career path to get ahead at the right level in the "real world". It's not a bad idea; getting an advanced degree such as our Msc in Cloud Computing is an excellent way to concentrate on a specific area in your field, and will certainly make an individual more marketable to employers."
"If you've already started your career, check with your employer to see what kind of financial assistance your company may offer for employees pursuing an advanced degree. There are a number of employers who will reimburse up to 100 percent of tuition. Here in Malta there are also a number of Government-assisted schemes that allow the investment in education to be clawed back from tax returns and other funding mechanisms, our After-Graduation Award is in addition to those sources of funding," Professor Smart explained.
All GCM’s programmes are developed with a practice-based learning model, where real-world experience is drawn upon and where students are encouraged to develop business solutions using the techniques and skills acquired both inside and outside the classroom. To achieve this end, a variety of education methods are employed such as lectures, group discussions, case study workshops, individual investigative projects and a variety of audio and visual methods.
The Global College Malta After-Graduation Award goes to highly accomplished students at the college who also excel academically during their studies at GCM. Scholarships, grants and awards are an alternative way of funding private tertiary education. To get a scholarship at Global College Malta, students need to meet certain criteria, which can be based on things such as: area of study, academic merit, community service or involvement, ethnicity, financial hardship, the industry or trade. For those already working, the one-year MBA is specifically aimed at employees and managers wishing to further enhance their careers in people management. Its beauty is that it focuses on improving participants as managers, rather than simply teaching them about management.
Scholarships can apply at different education levels, such as Undergraduate or Masters degree. All students at Global College Malta, except those who received a Merit & Motivation Scholarship, can compete for this new After-Graduation Award, which will refund up to 80% of one year’s fees. One student will be selected for this award from the graduating class from each degree course; thus the student will be competing with only about 20 other students, depending on the number of students within each degree course.
Professor Smart said, "We are delighted that every level of our current programme structure is providing the new After-Graduation Award, with €4000 available for the Foundation Course in Management with English, a further €4000 for the BA in Management, and an additional €6000 for the MBA. I am also very pleased to say that when there are several students with very similar average score, the amount will be split between them. We see this as a humane approach, to decrease the stress for those competing eligible students who might miss the award by half a point or so."