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Technology related foreign direct investment as a long term solution to strengthen economy


DATE:  11th October 2012

In recent meetings with both Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Leader of the Opposition Joseph Muscat, the Chamber of Engineers highlighted the need for more effort to attract technology related foreign direct investment (FDI) to Malta. The Chamber encouraged the political leaders to give more importance to the quality of engineering education, to better regulation on government-supported green energy incentives and to provide more funding in R & I as a long term solution to provide better quality jobs and strengthen economic growth.

The Chamber noted the success being achieved by engineers involved in research and development. However, research has so far been generally associated with academia. The CoE believes that this scope should be widened to include industry, which would facilitate eventual commercialisation. In this regard, the Chamber highlighted the need for further funding in research and innovation, as well as the important and essential role that engineers with practical knowledge can play in converting the research into commercially viable projects. “We believe that targeted funding for research and innovation is a long term solution to strengthen the Maltese economy, through the development of home grown innovative products, as well as the creation of future jobs and economic growth” stated CoE President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino.

The Chamber encouraged the setting up of technical support centres made up of engineers from various disciplines together with other supporting professionals to engage and support the smaller industries and businesses which do not afford their own R&I facilities.

The CoE also stressed that quality within the educational system should be given more importance. It was recommended that the first level of quality control should be carried out within the educational institutions themselves. This should be accompanied by an additional level of quality benchmarking, by acquiring accreditation from well established institutions. It also believes that it should be standard practice for higher educational institutions to provide comprehensive information to prospective students allowing them to take informed decisions before committing to a course of study.

The Chamber highlighted the importance of foreign direct investment to the country, and emphasised that more effort is required to attract high technology and engineering industries. Such industries are normally associated with longer-term, high-value added jobs and generate a higher rate of economic activity and growth.

The Chamber recommended that government should maximise on the investment being made in educating and training engineers. Evidently, not enough is being done to encourage students to become engineers and to empower engineers to take up higher responsibility roles in private enterprises and policy roles in public institutions. The Chamber also referred to the need for updating The Engineering Act, which regulates the profession, to reflect today's circumstances. In fact, a CoE Council sub-committee is working on a draft update of the Act, which will include obligatory continuous professional development and streamlining of the definition and duties of the engineer.

Misuse of ‘Engineer’ is misleading

10th April 2012


Following various instances of misuse as reported by the media, the Chamber of Engineers would like to clarify the definition of a professional and warranted engineer. It is unfortunate that the term “inġinier” is misused by the media as well as individuals in the political sphere, when in fact referring to technicians. The term is also used incorrectly by Human Resources Managers, who often give the title of ‘Engineer’ to advertised vacant posts which do not require the services of an engineer.

The title of Engineer is in fact protected by law. According to the Engineering Profession Act (Ch.321 of the Laws of Malta), “‘Engineer’ means a person who has obtained a degree in engineering from the University of Malta or from a foreign institution recognised as equivalent.” Furthermore, “‘profession of engineer’ means the profession practiced by an engineer who is a warrant holder.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:29
High Level Submissions at Engineering Awards

DATE: 10TH December 2011

Abertax, MITA, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta and Ing. Vince Magri were the winners of this year’s Engineering Excellence Awards, an annual event organised by the Chamber of Engineers. Held on Wednesday 7th December at St. John Cavalier, the 10th edition included awards in three categories: Innovation, Leadership, and Lifetime Achievement. 

The awards were kindly presented by Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Chris Said, together with Chamber of Engineers President Ing. Saviour Baldachino. “This event is an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the engineering community. With great satisfaction, we note that these Awards keep gaining profile and acceptance from industry,” stated Ing. Baldacchino, during his welcoming address. He congratulated all the winners and nominees for their high-level submissions.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2011 09:49
CoE launches 10th edition of Malta Engineering Excellence Awards.

DATE: 9 November 2011

The Chamber of Engineers is proud to announce the launch of the 10th edition of the Malta Engineering Excellence Awards.  The nominations for 2011 are now open.

“These awards are the Chamber’s opportunity to recognise engineering excellence in the areas of innovation and leadership and to recognise those who throughout their career have contributed significantly to the development of engineering in Malta,” said Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, President of the Chamber of Engineers.

“We are confident that the awards have served to encourage individuals and organisations to strive for excellence and to make the attainment of one of these awards their goal.  This augurs well for the profession and we look forward to a good number of nominations this year,” he added.

The Leadership Award recognises exceptional leadership that demonstrates success in planning, implementation and direction of outstanding achievements, effectiveness in raising the level of engineering excellence, promotion of the engineering profession in industry and society, and technical and economic contributions to the success of the organisation.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2011 20:54
Energy: The Alternatives 2011

This article appeared in The Malta Business Weekly on 19th May 2011.

As the prices of fossil fuels continue to rise and traditional forms of energy become more and more unsustainable, the discussion on alternative energies has grown steadily, with the usual options for alternative energy covered once too often. During its 20th Annual Engineering Conference being held today, the Chamber of Engineers will focus on alternatives to the well known technologies, going beyond the renewable energy sources that have been tackled time and time again. The conference will delve into the renewable energy technologies that can be taken advantage of, the market opportunities for such technologies, and how the local renewable energy scene is evolving.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:54
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