All University of Malta and Junior College students will be allowed free entrance to Heritage Malta sites and museums with immediate effect, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the university and the national agency for cultural heritage.
Students who wish to benefit from this opportunity simply need to present their eSIMS account – on their mobile phone or in print – at the entrance of their chosen Heritage Malta site or museum. The only site excluded from this offer is the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.
The collaboration agreement between the two entities was signed at the end of September last year and covers a three-year period. It marked the start of a long-standing collaboration between Heritage Malta and the University of Malta, both of which vouched to further explore their areas of common interest while respecting each party’s academic and strategic objectives.
Besides free entrance for students to historical sites and museums, the initiatives agreed upon include the sharing of resources such as libraries and equipment. This grants Heritage Malta employees, as well as University of Malta staff and students, access to a vast collection of knowledge.
At a press conference announcing the new incentive for university students, Mario Cutajar, Heritage Malta’s Executive Director, said that the opportunity being offered to university and Junior College students further strengthens the agency’s resolve to transform its museums from shrines of antiquity to centres of discussion and information, where visitors do not just browse around without gaining anything but leave brimming with new knowledge. These centres need to be related to contemporary times in order to remain relevant and truly accessible. Accessibility is not just ramps and stairways, but above all it is relevance to the present, Mr Cutajar said.
Noel Zammit, Heritage Malta’s Chief Executive Officer, spoke of Heritage Malta’s role to make our national cultural heritage accessible to all, and of the agency’s initiatives towards a visitor-centred experience at sites and museums. One such initiative, with resounding success, was the introduction of the Heritage Malta passport for primary and secondary school students and for senior citizens. The next natural step was to facilitate accessibility for post secondary and tertiary level students, thanks to the collaboration agreement with the University of Malta.
Prof. Alfred J. Vella, Rector at the University of Malta, welcomed this new initiative which will allow all UM and Junior College students to appreciate Malta’s rich history and culture. He also commented that this arrangement further consolidates the excellent relationship that exists between the University of Malta and the national agency for cultural heritage.