Education's Role in the Socioeconomic Development of Malta

Education's Role in the Socioeconomic Development of Malta

by Carmen M. Caruana


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The island of Malta, a nonaligned power, received full independence from Great Britain in 1964. Malta's consequent classification as a developing nation compelled its government to initiate many changes in its political, social, and economic ideologies. Central to its efforts for redevelopment was a stronger emphasis on expansion of its international educational environment, which included vocational, technical, and academic training. The island has continued to prepare and maintain itself to accommodate the emerging multinational business community, recognizing the importance and impact it would have on the country's future.

In post-secondary education, emphasis was placed on career-oriented (work-study) programs, and included the mastery of four foreign languages. In its search for economic, social, and political stability, Malta's destiny was strongly influenced by situational factors—societal, cultural, religious, foreign, and political. Viewing Malta as a case study, this volume sheds light on the functioning of an educational system in a developing nation, demonstrates education's role in improving a nation's socioeconomic system, and supports economic theories that maintain that investment in education is a natural tool for economic development. It also provides information on approaches and techniques other countries use to resolve their educational problems and adds to the knowledge of international and business education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275940652
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/26/1992
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)

About the Author

CARMEN M. CARUANA is Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics at St. John's University in New York.

Table of Contents


The Relationship between Education and Economic Development in Developing Economies

An Overview of Malta's Early History

Major Influences on Maltese Education

Malta's Economic Goals

Approaches to Malta's Educational Planning During the 1960s and 1970s

Educational Programs to Meet the Needs of Maltese Society after World War II, Up to and Including 1969

Educational Programs to Meet the Needs of Maltese Society from 1970 to 1985

The Contributions of Business, Industry and Government toward Malta's Educational Efforts and Development

Evaluation, Findings, and Comments on the Worker-Student Scheme

Summary, Conclusions, Recommendations



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