The President of the Republic of Malta, Professor Guido de Marco, visited the University of Heidelberg on 6 November. Among the delegates accompanying him were Dr. Joe Borg, minister of foreign affairs, and William C. Spiten, Malta's ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. After President de Marco had signed the Golden Book of the University, Heidelberg vice-rector Dr. Angelos Chaniotis and Prof. Roger Ellul-Micallef, rector of the University of Malta, put their names to a cooperation agreement designed to promote student exchanges between the two universities.
The agreement provides for the exchange of three students every year to study for one to two semesters at the respective partner university. The exchange programme also includes language courses. Initially, the exchange is angled primarily at students of economics but with the mutual consent of the two universities it can also be extended to other subjects. The exchange programme is planned to start in the winter semester 2002/2003.
Prof. de Marco has been President of Malta since 1999. In the framework of his state visit, President de Marco, who is a law professor, gave a public speech in the Great Hall of the Old University on the subject: "The Mediterranean Europe's Reluctant Agenda?" Prof. de Marco gave a detailed presentation of his views on the political situation in the world at the moment, allotting to the Mediterranean area a key role in the settlement of the conflict unleashed by the terrorist attacks of September 11. At the same time, the President came out strongly in favour of increased cooperation with Europe.
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