As expected, the (fake) American University of Malta will be built on ODZ public natural land. Even though the public clearly does not want this, the government insists because the university has to be in the ‘South’ of Malta. The reason given is the usual generic ‘economical prosperity’ excuse, but we all know what the real reason is.
Conditions stipulated that the university had to be in the ‘South’ of the island, because the current Maltese government strongly believes that all the people who live in the southern part of the island are poor and undereducated people who cannot possibly find a job unless they make it past Marsa. We are expected to believe that the ‘South’ of Malta is ‘poor’ and ‘undereducated’ because there are no facilities for people living in this area to earn an education and a job.
If you have any form of education (or not), and you own a car (this is essential but mostly true), you can work anywhere in Malta. It is a bloody ISLAND for crying out loud, it does not take a lifetime to get around. And before people start throwing ‘morning traffic issues’ into the mix, every commuter from Kercem, to Mellieha, to Birkirkara to Birzebbuga spend way too much time in traffic jams every morning.
We are told that this project HAS to be in the ‘South’ as it is an impoverished area, since everyone in Malta works in the upper-class ‘North’ with those English speaking twats. Pity that the ‘South’ of Malta houses some of the biggest employers on the island – Playmobil, Toly, St Microelectronics, Arrow Pharm, Actavis, Malta Freeport, Trelleborg, and Lufthansa Technik to name a few. But these are industries and we are made to believe that they do not count.
So who are we kidding exactly? Do people actually believe that this new university will create jobs in the area? This university needs academic and admin staff, and seeing as the (fake) American University of Malta will be privately owned, it will recruit whoever is qualified for the job – whether they are from the ‘South’ nor not.
Will this new university enrich the economy of the ‘South’?
Yet another misleading statement by the Prime Minister. This campus will be an entity on its own that is segregated from other villages and towns found in the ‘South’. As such, the campus will have all the facilities that students may require during their school period – dormitories, restaurants, cafes and stationeries.
Fellow UoM students and alumni – Did you ever leave the University of Malta campus during your free time for lunch or coffee in Valletta or Sliema? Maybe a couple of times as a treat, but for the most part people used to stay at Meet ‘n’ Eat, Pasha or the Quad as it is much more convenient, even though the vast majority of UoM students generally own a car.
And where exactly are these 4,000 students going to party over the weekend? I doubt they will be going to Vampiro club in Marsascala, as most of them will be making their way to St Julian’s and Valletta during the weekend. You will get some foot traffic in the ‘South’ during the summer period for those 100 students that do not go back to their home countries, but this would be merely a blip in terms of tourism in the ‘South’.
This university is a sham. It will not be contributing anything to the ‘South’ but further environmental degradation and a major nuisance to the residents of Zonqor point, who will probably lose value on their property as a result of this project. This university is simply a pretext for further development in the area.
It is an insult to all those Maltese people who love and live in the ‘South’, and to the rest of us with half a brain who can only sit by and watch our government sell off public land to the Middle East. At least the peasants that cannot rationally think for themselves will be appeased.
Oh and BTW, does MCAST in Paola qualify as being in the ‘South’? It does, but that isn’t a university now is it. How much has the ‘South’ prospered since MCAST started providing degrees? Nuff Said.