University of Malta

The leading higher education institution in the Maltese Islands

The University of Malta is the leading higher education institution in the Maltese Islands. It has a 400-year history and now has 11,500 students including 1,000 foreign/exchange students from nearly 92 different countries.

The UM team is represented by both the Institute of Digital Games (IDG) and the Department of Mathematics & Science Education, Faculty of Education covering the RoadSTEAMer aspects of science education and communication, STEAM related events and materials, and game-based learning.

The Institute of Digital Games, was established in 2013, within the University of Malta, and houses a multidisciplinary research group with backgrounds from Computer Science (specifically AI and HCI), Interaction Design, the Arts, and the Humanities. The group performs basic and applied research,approaching games from a variety of perspectives, many of which focus on interaction design, serious and persuasive game design, AI, user (cognitive and affective) modelling, procedural content generation and player experience.

The Department of Mathematics & Science Education was setup in 1991 and strives towards providing quality initial teacher education, and non-formal and informal education as well as research in these subject disciplines and areas closely related to them. The academic members of staff focus on innovative and transdisciplinary classroom practices with the latest teaching methodologies. The department is also involved in a number of activities, festivals and EU projects that involve citizen science, science communication, nature-based solutions, transdisciplinary research and practice, design thinking, impact evaluation and STEAM engagement.