IPS firmly supports the concept of lifelong learning. The fact that our organisational structure in itself is built on collaboration with Malta’s main national academic institutions allows us not only to provide opportunities for further academic development of public officers, but also gives us the flexibility to customise a number of these courses to the specific needs of the Public Administration. In this section, you will find details on a number of such courses. From time to time, we shall also issue calls for sponsorship under particular schemes.
Sponsored courses vary from diploma courses to master’s degree programmes and are offered primarily by the Institute’s partner organisations, namely the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST).
Course subjects vary from year to year although some courses feature regularly, such as the MBA (Public Management) offered by the University of Malta, and the BA (Hons) Public Projects offered by MCAST. These courses which are dual badged, have been designed by the relevant Educational Institution and the Public Service to meet the requirements of the Public Administration. Indeed MCAST’s BA (Hons) Public Projects is offered exclusively to public officers who apply through the Institute for the Public Services.
Sponsorships are normally advertised through OPM circulars in the months of July and August. The circulars provide instructions on how to apply for sponsorships.
Sponsorships may include paid study leave or part-payment of course fees or both, depending on the course. Prior to the commencement of their studies, selected officers would be required to enter into a binding commitment to serve the Government for a specific period as defined by the Study Leave and Sponsorship Manual (Appendix III) after the completion of their studies. On successful completion of their studies, applicants may be required to carry out duties and training in accordance with the exigencies of the Public Service in line with their new qualification.
Scholarships are offered by the Public Service to its staff in the knowledge that staff are any organisation’s most important asset, and in keeping with the concept of lifelong learning and the development of a learning culture.