The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta, consisting of 33 faculties, centres and institutes. It is a publicly funded institution, the only university in the country, and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. In the past decades it has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna process and the European Higher Education Area. It has over 10,000 students including over 600 foreign/exchange students from nearly 60 different countries, with more than 3000 students graduating every year
The Centre for Resilience and Social and Emotional Health at the University of Malta seeks to develop and promote social and emotional health and resilience in children and young people. It operates as a transdisciplinary research centre tapping into the various strands of research and expertise provided by the different disciplines in the field, and conducts research and development work in the area, seeking to address local and national needs while contributing to knowledge in the international domain. The Centre is currently leading two international research projects funded by the EU, one an international three year research project in the promotion of mental health in schools with two British universities and two Australian universities, and the other on the development of a resilience curriculum for European schools involving six European universities. It is also a partner in another European project on teacher resilience and an international study on child wellbeing.
The Centre publishes the International Journal of Emotional Education, an international, online, open access, peer reviewed journal. Besides conducting and publishing local, European and international research, it also seeks to develop and promote empirically-grounded and theoretically-sound intervention and prevention strategies in the area, disseminate knowledge and promote learning and teaching about best practices and relevant research in socio-emotional health and resilience, provides consultation to the local educational authority and schools and advanced research-based education and training to educators and other professionals at local and cross-European levels.