The world of esports, which has been developing all over the world recently, is now also part of higher education in Malta! With the establishment of the AUM Esports, students will be able to study at the American University of Malta (AUM) with Malta’s first-ever esports scholarship. The AUM will provide students with an environment and platform to engage with the most important esports and gaming companies in Europe and encourage them to explore new career opportunities.
Maltese nationals and residents with experience in esports are now eligible to receive up to one hundred per cent scholarship to study at AUM. Even students who are not skilled players but are looking for a career in the esports market can apply to join the AUM Knights for team operations, streams, social media, event management, and interdisciplinary skills and earn a scholarship.
With the new AUM Esports scholarship, students will have additional resources to enhance their educational experience. The program allows students to be immersed in the world of esports while pursuing an academic degree and learn through hands-on experience in collegiate and professional gaming tournaments, live esports streaming events, and other university-sponsored gaming events. Students will also have a dedicated space with computers and resources to train for upcoming esports tournaments.
A growing number of universities across the world are exploring esports teams and clubs. The initiative to bring the burgeoning field of esports to AUM was initially spearheaded by the CEO of AUM, Ziya Alpay, who wants to provide an esports culture on the AUM campus. “This is not just about gaming,” said Ziya Alpay. “This program will provide further paths for students to explore their academic degree programs and respective career opportunities in the esports sector, using the latest gaming technology and tools,” he said. AUM hopes to provide a platform to many creative and passionate gamers who historically have been underserved by universities.
Ivan Filletti, COO at GamingMalta, emphasised the importance of education in esports and its relevance to the local ecosystem: “ We augur every success to the students embarking on gaming and esports program and we are keen to see it in action pursued by local and international students alike. We continue to encourage similar educational initiatives within Malta’s esports ecosystem as not only does it explore future career opportunities in esports, but it also supports other academic ventures. “
At AUM, students are encouraged to participate in a long list of university-sponsored activities. From beach outings to island-wide cultural expeditions, the University is dedicated to ensuring students have plenty of opportunities to find new hobbies and interests. Student clubs are geared toward the personal development of students and allow them to meet and interact with other students. The goal is to not only have positive classroom experience but also provide plenty of opportunities to develop long-lasting friendships.
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What Makes Malta a Great Destination for Students?
Malta has some truly unique features that make this destination one of the top choices for students. Unlike other European countries, Malta is one of the most affordable places to study and live. Prices for accommodation and food are reasonable and students get special deals in museums, restaurants, gyms and can participate in numerous activities. Public transport also offers special prices for university students. Malta is also considered among the safest countries. Its residents are very friendly, respectful and well-educated people. The crime rate on the island is among the lowest in Europe, and it also has been listed collectively as one of the places where natural disasters are less likely to occur. Malta features a large influx of scholars from around the globe with the highest of standards. Thanks to its quality programs and the presence of international educational institutions, it’s considered a great place to study. It is also within the E.U. jurisdiction with advantageous tax rates and excellent infrastructure. The blend makes Malta ideally positioned geographically and culturally making it the place of choice for businesses.
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