An Expression of Interest for the opening of a new independent school offering an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme will be issued by March 2017, Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment, revealed at the KPMG eSummit taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julian’s. iGaming professionals were arguing that there is a shortage of schools, which reduces the island’s competitiveness as an iGaming hub. They reported that there had been cases in which foreign professionals had not taken up positions being offered on the island because they could not find schooling for their children.
The opening of additional foreign institutes and international branch campuses is part of the long-term strategy for the sector. Education Malta, a national body, is currently being established to promote the internationalisation of education and entice foreign institutions to set up a presence in the country. Education Malta is a non-profit foundation created as a public private partnership, working closely with the Ministry of Education and Employment, and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.