The National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE)
would like to announce that it has awarded a five-year license to Sadeen
Education Investment Limited to operate a University in Malta which is to bear
the name the American University of Malta (AUM). The conditions under which the license is
being granted are the ones that were communicated to Sadeen Education
Investment Limited on the 30th June 2016 and explained in a press
conference which took place on the same day. Sadeen Education Investment
Limited had recently requested some clarifications to the conditions which were
in the last few days communicated to them.
The main license conditions fall under two broad categories, those
concerned with assuring the quality of the education given and those related to
the funding of the project.
With regards to ensuring quality, the AUM is bound to ensure that
Clemson University undertakes an annual audit of AUM’s internal quality
assurance process. The Commission will
also conduct spot-checks on a regular basis to ensure that all aspects of AUM’s
operation are viable and effective. The
Commission itself will also conduct its own external quality audits during the
term of the license to examine and assure all academic, administrative and
service operations within the AUM and also to ensure the quality of all
Regarding funding the AUM is to provide evidence to show that all
funding required for the completion of the project is in place within the
timelines established by the Commission.
Other conditions require that for a certain period, any changes to or
additions to academic staff or shareholders require the prior approval of the
The Commission is confident that under the terms of the license
granted, AUM is in a position to fulfill its potential as a provider of high
quality education and the rigour of the process undertaken before granting the
license will continue to broaden the appeal of Malta as a location for the
provision of international educational services.