Public Lecture by Godfrey Pirotta, Honorary Professor of UNWE – Malta`s Foreign Policy since Independence

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:25

Prof. Godfrey Pirotta, Chairman of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC), University of Malta and Ambassador of Malta to the Czech Republic delivered a public lecture about Malta`s Foreign Policy since Independence.

The Rector Prof. D.Sc.(Econ.) Statty Stattev presented the guest-lecturer and outlined that it had also been signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the UNWE and MEDAC.

Prof. Pirotta began his lecture saying that the most important thing in life is to explore and never stop exploring. He featured the major directions in Malt`s foreign policy since Independence which had turned the country from a former military base, a country having a weak economy and poor people into a member-state of the European Union and preferred tourist destination having a stable economy.

The lecturer examined in historical chronology the difficult course of economic and political development of Malta, the period of mass migration and unemployment, policy of establishment of firm independence as he outlined the strive of the country for peace-keeping in the Mediterranean region and expanding the foreign trade relations with countries not only in North Africa but also with European states as Bulgaria, Czechia, etc.

Malta has achieved its foreign policy objectives to retain the sovereignty and to differentiate Malta as a small country having a huge contribution to the peace-keeping in the Mediterranean region. The peace is everything, pointed out Prof. Pirotta.

Prof. Pirotta answered the students questions

The Chairman of the Students Council Kristiyan Madzhurov

Prof. Statty Stattev awarded to Prof. Godfrey Pirotta a Cerificate of appreciation in recognition of his lecture.

The Rector announced the Academic Council Decision approved at the proposal of the International Relations Department to honour Prof. Pirotta with the title of Honorary Professor of UNWE in Political Sciences and International Relations. Prof. Statty Stattev and Assoc. Prof. Igor Damyanov, Dean of the International Economics and Politics Faculty awarded the Honorary plaque to the new holder of high distinction (in the pictures below).

Prof. Godfrey Pirotta is a graduate in Social Sciences of the Universities of Oxford (Social Studies), Reading (Politics and International Relations) and Bath (Ph.D in the Social Sciences) in the UK. He has significant contribution towards the establishment of public policy studies at the University of Malta. In recognition of his 50 years of service to Maltese society at various levels, Prof. Pirotta was appointed a Member of the National Order of Merit by the President of the Republic of Malta on 13 December 2016.

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