Barts Medical School
Steward International and Steward Malta firstly initiated regular high-level meetings with the QMUL leadership teams in London and in Malta to re-engage, re-align objectives, and re-build trust. Monthly steering group meetings resumed involving all key stakeholders within Steward Malta, QMUL, and the Government of Malta.
Summary of total spent on Barts Medical School
Steward Malta rapidly designed and built the Barts Medical School in 17 months, from April 2018 to November 2019. This is the first medical school on Gozo, constructed in partnership with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry – a faculty of QMUL, one of the three largest colleges of the University of London and a member of the prestigious Russell Group.
- A 140-seat auditorium;
- Two smaller lecture theatres that can combine into a 120-seat facility;
- Two computer labs, each with capacity for 70 students;
- Teaching rooms and clinical skills rooms; and
- The building hosts a library, student support facilities, a large canteen/social space and offices.
The school now offers two undergraduate programmes in Malta and Gozo: a one-year Certificate in Clinical Foundation Studies and a five-year Medicine MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). The programmes are taught by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Most of the doctors working at Gozo General Hospital are now involved in teaching. This has made the hospital far more successful in recruiting and retaining top specialists who provide better quality services to the Gozitan community.
In recent years, the students and the staff of Barts Medical School have participated in various community initiatives and outreaches on Gozo, such as supporting the Department of Health in providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Barts Medical School also hosted a “Mental Wellbeing in COVID Times” conference, in partnership with the Mental Health Association Gozo, and provided additional space to Gozo General Hospital to enable the hospital to provide safer care for COVID-19 patients.
Steward Malta has gone over and above and delivered far more than what was expected with the construction of the new Barts Medical School, which puts them at the forefront of medical education. Steward Malta has unequivocally achieved its goal, which was to support the Government of Malta’s activities in upgrading healthcare across the country.