276 public officers graduated from courses offered by the Institute for the Public Services (IPS). This event has become a yearly highlight in IPS's calendar.
This year the ceremony focused entirely on the Public Management Toolkit in view of the large number of graduands and the importance this leadership course is being given by the Public Administration.
In a speech prior to distributing certificates, the Principal Permanent Secretary, Mr Mario Cutajar, said that the IPS was established in order to be part of the vision for the Public Service, which is more outward than inward looking to be able to deliver an excellent service to its clients.
Mr Cutajar said that training is the framework for the renewal process that the Public Service has been going through during the past four years. In a country where the economy is growing at such a fast rate, the Public Service cannot but be the motor by means of which results are achieved.
Mr Cutajar also spoke of the need for public officers to continue with their studying and training throughout their career. He said that the IPS is planning to be involved in more research through increased student placements. IPS is also seeing the introduction of new courses for technical and industrial grades so that these employees may also benefit from more career opportunities and deliver a better service.
The graduation ceremony was also addressed by Professor James Calleja, Principal and CEO of MCAST and by Professor Alfred Vella, Rector of the University of Malta.