MCAST to take on more ICT students
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MCAST to take on more ICT students

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The Government of Malta has made arrangements with private institutions for a course in ICT at MCAST for all those students who applied to undertake the course.

Ministers Louis Galea and Austin Gatt have announced this. In previous years a total of around 600 ICT students were attending a course at MCAST, this year there were over 600 new applicants. But the institute did not have enough teachers to cater for the overwhelming demand and 320 students were left on the waiting list. in the past years a total of around 600 ICT students were attending a course at MCAST, this year there were over 600 new applicants alone, but the institute did not have enough teachers to cater for the overwhelming demand and 320 students were left on the waiting list. Under the new scheme, MCAST will be accepting all the students. The students will be attending for lessons at one of four approved centres, which also form part of the myPotential scheme, recently launched by the IT Ministry, and not at the institute itself. Minister Austin Gatt said that while the large number of applicants for ICT-related courses is encouraging, the sector is growing and there is an ever-growing demand for trained workers in the industry. Both the Ministers, Louis Galea and Austin Gatt expressed government's commitment to keep coming up with new initiatives in favour of training in ICT. By year 2009, the government is targeting to have 1,500 students graduating in ICT from MCAST and University every year.

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