Valletta’s historic Old University building in St Paul’s Street will be officially transferred to the University of Malta’s property portfolio, in another positive step to consolidate the University’s standing.
The Renaissance building which opened its doors as a Jesuit college, Collegium Melitense, in November 1592 and was considered among one of Europe’s first universities. Construction on the present-day building started three years later by Grand Master Martin Garzez, and was completed in 1602.
Today, over a thousand students attend lectures at the Valletta Campus.
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said of the move: “Our aim is to continue strengthening the University of Malta’s educational and research credentials, both for local students and foreign ones. This is a dignified step for this building which will be an important addition to the University of Malta’s property portfolio. ”