There are at least 7,167 foreign students in Malta’s higher education system, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo has revealed in a parliamentary question from Clyde Puli.
Puli, in what was probably a reference to the American University, asked whether there were any inspections at the schools by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education. However, Bartolo revealed that this does not take place.
Higher education includes any school or university from sixth form to beyond, whether that’s Junior College, MCAST, University or others.
Italian students, unsurprising given the proximity of the two countries, account for around 1,100 members of the foreign student body.
Figures, which are for 2017, also show that there are a large number of students from the UK (558), Libya (410), the Philippines (405), Russia (247), and India (229).
Figures for 2018 are currently being compiled.