Building an educational legacy

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education (since 1985)

Maltese and international students reading for Degrees for the University of London in Malta

Education is built on trust. Students entrust their future endeavours to a few learned individuals who are charged with nurturing the student’s potential to reach out for their aspirations. Teachers and academics have the responsibility to encapsulate current knowledge, ascertain understanding and pass on the necessary skills to form a complete person with the necessary competences, ready to take the baton in the generational transition for society to move on and prosper.

Transnational Group work in the Library — Dutch, Ukraine, Latvian & Chinese working on a project

Who are we and what can we offer?

Saint Martin’s Institute is a specialist Institution in Business & Computing

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education offers students who are focused on a career in the various fields of business and computing to embark on their undergraduate degree, starting from finishing the compulsory secondary education years with their ordinary level qualifications. The Institute offers students the possibility to read for the following one year Malta Qualification Framework (MQF) level 5 diploma programmes;

Diploma in Finance

Diploma in Entrepreneurship

Diploma in Management & Leadership

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Diploma in Computing

Diploma in Computing with Information Systems

Diploma in Computing with Finance

Diploma in Computing with Games Design & Development

Diploma in Computing with eBusiness & Digital Marketing

Diploma in Computing with User Experience

Diploma in Computing with Web Design

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All the diplomas are at MQF/EQF level 5 and replace the first year of your degree programme in the same specialisation. These diplomas have been designed to start each subject from the very beginning and therefore make advanced level study unnecessary.

Students aged 17 and over and who have already achieved their matriculation certificate with advanced levels in the specific areas of study, will be able to read for these MQF level 5 diplomas over one academic year on full time basis. Students who are 16 years old and just out of compulsory secondary schooling, will study for any of these diplomas over two academic year on full time basis.

Pursuing your MQF/EQF level 6 BSc (Hons) degree

Successfully attaining the diploma means an additional two year degree

The MQF/EQF level 5 diploma programmes listed above are equivalent to the first year of the degrees offered by Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education in the same fields of study.

The Institute offers the possibility for students to read for degrees conferred by the University of London at Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education over two years of full time study in the following fields;

BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance (academic direction by the LSE)

BSc (Hons) Banking & Finance (academic direction by the LSE)

BSc (Hons) Business & Management (academic direction by the LSE)

BSc (Hons) Economics & Management (academic direction by the LSE)

BSc (Hons) Business Administration with Human Resources (academic direction Royal Holloway)

BSc (Hons) Business Administration with International Business (academic direction Royal Holloway)

BSc (Hons) Business Administration with Marketing (academic direction Royal Holloway)

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For students who wish to read for computing degrees. the institute offers a portfolio of MQF/EQF level 6 degrees accredited by the National Commission for Further & Higher Education over two academic years as a full time student in the following;

BSc (Hons) Computing

BSc (Hons) Computing & Finance

BSc (Hons) Computing with Marketing

BSc (Hons) Computing with Games Design & Development

BSc (Hons) Computing with User Experience

BSc (Hons) Computing with Web Design

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The Institute also offers teaching for students who wish to read for an University of London degree over a three academic year on full time in;

BSc (Hons) Computing & Information Systems

BSc (Hons) Creative Computing

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If tuition fees are cause for concern, read this.

Establishing an educational institution

Saint Martin’s Institute knows its inception from a ‘disappointment’!

When the Western World of the late 1970's enjoyed the emergence of home computing and the joys of learning how to programme micro computers, Malta had nothing to offer. No schools were offering any classes related to computer studies, and the institution was founded specifically to address this lacuna. Saint Martin’s introduced computer studies at ordinary level and advanced level courses in Malta and successfully prepared hundreds of young students to sit for the Oxford University examination at ordinary and advanced level. May computer engineers today know the Institute in this early stage of its existence, whilst many other professional people also have memories of their computer studies at Saint Martin’s Institute.

Higher education was also very limited during that time. Only the well to do families could afford to support their children to travel to the UK and graduate in computer science or any other specialist field of study and only a handful were ‘lucky’ to attain a rare scholarship.

The leadership team at Saint Martin’s wished to offer the best of British degrees to the Maltese in their own land, and as its millennium project managed to offer for the first time ever, the opportunity for students to read for a degree not conferred by the University of Malta. Saint Martin’s Institute opened its doors to the first cohort of evening students who read for the BSc (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems conferred by the world renowned University of London.

Five years later the Institute made another first for Malta by accepting students to read for their degree on full time basis. Since then, the further and higher education scene in Malta has passed through an effervescent time, with new legislation being enacted in 2012, eliminating once and for all the exclusivity of Government as a sole provider of further and higher education in Malta.

The University of London

A world renowned research and teaching federation of 18 Universities

Senate House, the Official Seat of the University of London.

The University of London’s reputation for academic excellence builds upon the outstanding teaching and research of the Member Institutions painstakingly built over the nearly two centuries ever since Queen Victoria conferred upon the University its first Royal Charter in 1836. In 1858 the University received a second charter, allowing it to offer the opportunity for students (mostly military personnel) posted throughout the world, to read for University of London degrees without necessarily attending classes in London. Thus the University of London was enabled towards achieving its mission of opening doors to education to a wider audience in the British Empire which spanned the globe during that era.

Thousands of individuals gained from this openness of this unique concept. Students reading for University of London degrees away from its member colleges are reading for a degree of the same standard as that read in the Lead College of the University of London that offers academic direction. The final degree parchment clearly illustrates this, with a clear indicator of the University of London crest as the conferring University.

Students are required to be taught as specified by the Lead College academic direction through syllabi and guidebooks, and based upon the philosophy of the lead college since students must sit for examinations that are set by the examination boards of the Lead College, corrected by two independent examiners and moderated by a third (whenever necessary there is discrepancy between the two independent examiners). Exams are organised by the Registrar of Examination of the Ministry of Education and Employment, to ascertain transparency of the examination system, since the University relies on equity in examining candidates for subsequent conferment of its degree.

Raising the bar of higher education in Malta

What would be the scope to set up an educational institution with an aim of lowering standards in Maltese higher education?

Establishing and developing higher educational institution is no easy task mainly because it is so easy to go astray. There are thousands of Universities in the world, but only a small percentage enjoy international acknowledgement whilst many have the reputation of money making diploma mills!

Saint Martin’s would not offer the Maltese student population any University Degree that was of a lesser academic quality and standing than what was already offered in Malta through the University of Malta. The values of the Institute have, from its inception, been to add value and possibilities through widening of fields of study to the Maltese in their own homeland. Thus, the Institute sought to partner with a top class University.

The Institute’s perseverance and results attained during its previous relationship as a University of Oxford tuition centre was awarded with its acceptance in the international network of one of the top three Universities in the United Kingdom — the University of London.

A University of London International Graduation Ceremony held at the Barbican every March.

The Institute was aware of the challenges that it was to face in its induction years, but any doubts were proven to be unfounded since no less than 40% of graduates presented by the Institute have attained a first class honours in their degree in computing every year since the first participation in a University of London graduation ceremony in 2005 until 2017.

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is one of ONLY six institutions to have received this award to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Charter of the University of London to offer the opportunity to students living away from London to read for the degrees of the University of London.

The achievements of the Institute was recognized by the University of London during its celebration of its 150th Anniversary since its charter to accept students at a distance. In 2008, Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education was one of only six institutions around the world to receive such a coveted award — a framed copy of the Charter that was presented by HRH Queen Victoria in 1858 to the University of London.

Receiving such a coveted award may have made any other leadership team sit on its laurels but this made the Institute even more determined to continue reaching for excellence. And this has been vindicated through the first External Quality Assurance Audit by the NCFHE.

Legitimising an Educational Institute

There is never certainty until independent auditors assess an institution for its integrity and quality assurance in the provision and measuring students’ efforts

Saint Martin’s Institute represents the nature of education as a mosaic of knowledge that make up the individual’s unique competences and skills. The Institute adopts a strategy of a mesh of subject areas that it teaches, because boundaries of knowledge are imaginary and not practiced in the every day work place.

It is a well known quote that ‘when a student does well then the student is very good, but when the student fails, then the teacher is bad’.

Saint Martin’s Institute academic staff works hard with and for its students, but still many students and parents may have a tendency to mistrust the work carried out by the Institute and consider State Controlled Institutions as superior.

The facts show otherwise.

A Separation of Teaching from Examining

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education and the University of London tandem means that the Institute’s students are guaranteed that they receive tuition on a complete syllabus as set by the Lead College, because students will be sitting for exams set by the Lead College’s examining boards, and not by the same lecturer that is teaching the students.

The subject units taught in a degree are as determined by the University, and that is globally recognised as necessary for the degree in the particular field of study. Saint Martin’s Institute is unable to drop and substitute subject unit according to availability of academic staff. Whatever the circumstances, students will get what is in the syllabus as the barest minimum.

The separation of teaching institutions from the examining process is therefore a very important aspect in quality control. It is important to note that examinations are the traditional system, where students are identified by invigilating staff when writing their exams. Traditional examinations guarantee that it is the individual who is being examined!

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Institutional Periodic Review by the University of London

The Affiliation of Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education to the University of London

The University of London has carried out a detailed audit of Saint Martin’s Institute in 2010 and 2015; on both occasions finding Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education exceeding expectations, and retaining its Affiliate Institution status — one of 28 such institutions world wide. The next review is earmarked for 2020. The audit team made up of administrators and academics from the University of London spend time at the Institute, interview students, academics, management and the leadership team, and assess whether the standards as set by the University are being adhered to; and what the Institute is doing to enhance the students’ experience.

The External Quality Assurance Audit by the NCFHE

The Further and Higher Education Act enacted in 2012 by the Government of Malta has established eleven standards that any licensed educational institutions must abide to. These standards are evaluated through a five year audit carried out by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta.

The NCFHE External Quality Assurance Audit report may be downloaded here.

Saint Martin’s Institute was audited over a three day period between March 15th to 17th through an independent audit team that constituted academic staff and students from the University of Malta.

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education has achieved two standards in which the Institute has surpassed expectations. these are standard 4 regarding Student Centred Learning and standard 11 regarding the Quality Assurance Cycle. The Institute has met the expectations in six standards, whilst the audit team recommended improvements in three standards.

It must be noted that Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is, to date, the only Institution that achieved two standards that surpassed expectations.

It is with pride that the Institute have shown to surpass expectations in the one very important standard in education — attention to the needs of our students! And we do this naturally since it is inculcated in our culture.

We were (and probably still are) the only higher educational institution which developed a code of ethics way back in 2006, and adhered to the principles listed in this code. These very important guidelines were developed by the academics themselves and has been a guiding compass in the Institute’s relationship with its students throughout the years.

The positive relationships that were identified by the NCFHE Audit Team are proof of the adherence to the principles as defined in this document.

This is what the audit team had to say about the Institute’s relationship with its students;

‘ SMI prides itself on its personal and individualised approach. Students enjoy close interaction with all members of staff at all levels and see themselves as peers in the learning process. There is a conscious and concerted effort on the part of all lecturers to provide students with relevant and timely feedback’. You may wish to read the full report here.

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An Institution that Leads NOT Follows

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education is an educational institution that wants to be accepted by the Maltese student and parent community through hard facts — and the above are hard facts each documented by independent verification.

How can an institution with absolutely no history and no supporting University of global reputation lay claims of top quality!

This belief has led Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education to develop itself as a specialist higher education institution, currently supporting thirteen MQF level 6 undergraduate degrees and seven MQF level 5 Diplomas, all leading to a University of London degree.

The Institute has been found to have all the tangible ingredients of the highest quality, not just by the University of London but also by the National Commission for Further & Higher Education plus the over 700 alumni who have graduated through the Institute. The Institute is a thriving community of students and academics as may be enjoyed flicking through our photo albums commemorating the highlights of our academic years.

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A Higher Education Institution ready to serve

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education invites students who wish to achieve excellence in their career to reach out to Saint Martin’s by booking an appointment here. If you are an individual simply after a certificate, then Saint Martin’s Institute is not the right institution for you. We pride ourselves with our graduates attainment at their place of work, and the pleasure of employers when they realise the competence and skills of our employees who have graduated through Saint Martin’s Institute when compared to others.

Please contact us on +356 21235451 or infodesk@stmartins.edu at your convenience and we will be happy to meet with you and explain all the salient points in greater detail.

If it is price that worries you, you will be pleased to learn that our degrees will cost you under €5,000 net of the Get Qualified scheme — and if you are full time student you will also receive full maintenance grants and stipends over and above! Get to know how click here

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