A member of the European Union and the Commonwealth, Malta has a population of approximately 423,000. Literacy rates in the country are high, as are enrolment rates for both primary and secondary school. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

28,444

 

26,585

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20171

104.8%

 

63.2%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20171

63.2%

 

46.0%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

63.8%

 

35.8%

Secondary (2017)

 

Tertiary (2017)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in March 2020

 

Literacy rate (2012)1

93.5%

 

91.2%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

34%

 

66%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

9%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

83

 

79

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

58.2 140.2
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
43.7 110.5
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
82.9 81.4
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

 

Highlights

The Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL) work in Malta is primarily in the area of tertiary education, through the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth, and the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning. 

Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth

Malta is a member of the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Initiated by and built on the support of Ministers of Education of developing small states of the Commonwealth, VUSSC supports the collaborative development and sharing of open educational resources (OER) to promote learning for sustainable development. Learn about the VUSSC initiative

Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning 

The Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning is a joint venture between Malta’s Ministry for Education and Employment and the Commonwealth of Learning. Set up as a Foundation in 2017, it operates as a knowledge hub for a global network of groups, agencies, institutions, educators and activists interested in the rapid deployment of programmes for connected learning in the Commonwealth and the EU. COL serves in an advisory capacity on the Centre’s International Advisory Board. Learn more about the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning

Europe OER Regional Consultation

Malta’s Ministry of Education and Employment co-hosted the Europe OER Regional Consultation in February 2017, one of six regional consultations being organised by COL in the lead up to the 2nd World OER Congress. More than 70 participants from 25 countries gathered in Malta to discuss the role of OER in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education. Learn more about the Regional Consultations on Open Educational Resources.

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector.

COL's partners in Malta include: 

  • Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning
  • Ministry of Education and Employment
  • National Commission for Further and Higher Education