Public Service Reforms in a Small Island State: the Case of Malta

Member University of Malta colleague, Prof Frank Bezzina, co-authored  the publication  “Public Service Reforms in a Small Island State: the Case of Malta”, that was launched on 9 September, 2021 at the Maltese President’s Palace, with co-authors Dr Emanuel Camilleri and Dr Vincent Marmara.

The book offers a broad analysis on reforms and changes that have taken place in the Public Service in Malta since 2013, and their impact on the service, the client, and government employees.

The publication presents Malta as a reference point for other small island states, and its public service as a case study for reforms in public services and their successful implementation.

For more information on the Springer publication please contact

From left to right:. Co-authors Frank Bezzina and Vincent Marmara, H.E. Dr George Vella (President of Malta), Mr Mario Cutajar (Principal Permanent Secretary), co-author Emanuel Camilleri

The Universitat d’Andorra coorganises an International Roundtable on Art and Cultural Diplomacy


The Universitat d’Andorra, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Andorra and the Andorran National Commission for UNESCO, is organizing a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Art and Cultural Diplomacy” to take place face to face and online at the Congress Center in Andorra la Vella,  Principality of Andorra, on 15th July 2021, from 18:00 to 20:15CEST (UTC+2).

The panel discussion will bring together 10 international experts from national governments, intergovernmental organisations, higher education institutions, NGOs and the arts, who will share experiences on the benefits and impact of the arts as a tool for  Cultural Diplomacy.

The closing keynote address will be delivered by former UNESCO Director- General Federico Mayor Zaragoza. See full program here.

The event organisers and panelists will present the Andorra Declaration for the Promotion of Cultural Diplomacy Through Higher Education. For endorsement by panelists, participants, and institutions worldwide, follow this link.

For free registration please go to

For additional information contact

University of Liechtenstein accepted to sign Magna Charta Universitatum

Vaduz – The Observatory Governing Council of the “Magna Charta Universitatum” has reviewed the application of the University of Liechtenstein and approved it as a signatory of the Magna Charta MCU2020 in March 2021. At the next ceremony of the Bologna-based association, Rector Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl will sign the agreement of principles.

The Magna Charta Universitatum was signed by some 400 rectors on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna on September 18, 1988. It lays down fundamental principles of university life and is intended to protect the idea of the humanistic university. The fundamental principles are the independence of institutions, academic freedom, the inseparability of research and teaching, and their moral and intellectual independence from political and economic influences. The aim of the charter is to formulate basic requirements for future university development and policy. Signatories to the charter now include 889 universities from 88 countries.

“Signing the charter places us as a young university even more firmly in the humanistic traditions of higher education and fosters bonds between European universities – including those between Europe’s small states,” says Rector Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl, explaining the significance of the convention: “In addition, the ‘Magna Charta’ serves as a universal inspiration for our further development.”

UNIRSM Accepted as Signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum

The University of San Marino is happy to announce that its application to become Signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum has been accepted. San Marino thus officially joins the group of Signatory Universities of the Magna Charta Universitatum and thanks the Universities of Andorra, Malta and Bologna for their letters of support.”

L-Università ta’Malta leads with Routledge a scholarly project on the study of Small States

L-Università ta’Malta announces that Routledge have agreed to launch a new book series in 2020 dedicated to the study of small states. The ‘small state studies’ series is planned to curate and publish at least 10 monographs over a ten-year period.

The news comes after a bid to edit such a book series was put together by  Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta, Malta), Anna-Lena Hogenauer (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg) and Nicos Trimikliniotis (University of Nicosia, Cyprus).

In their successful submission, the three scholars argued how the world is replete with small states; and yet the orientation to acknowledge, discuss and critique the condition of small size and small scale is not yet a mainstream pursuit.

This book series will provide an excellent opportunity and platform for NUSCT- affiliated scholars and researchers to consider authoring or editing a text that examines a particular condition – diplomacy, international relations, public administration, governance,  policy making, the state of tertiary education, migration … – from a small state lens and perspective.

New issue of the Small States & Territories journal

L-Università ta’ Malta’s journal “Small States & Territories”

Vol. 2, No. 1 of  L-Università ta’ Malta’s journal “Small States & Territories” has been published and is available online at:

We would like to remind readers  and NUSCT members that  scholars are invited to submit papers related to the topic of Small States and Territories. The permanent call can be found at

Lake Constance University Association Summer School

The International Lake Constance University, of which the University of Liechtenstein is a member is organizing the Lake Constance Summer School, to take place August 02-28, 2019 at the University Konstanz.

The summer school is open to students who are interested to learn German and get to know the four countries, A, CH, FL, D,  surrounding Lake Constance. They would pay the fee for students coming from partner universities.

For info, please contact Trudi Ackermann(

May 6, 2019