Transformed from the Polytechnic to a Junior College, this post-Secondary establishment was carried out 25 years ago.
Since 1st October, 1995 when the Junior College Gian Frangisk Abela at Msida opened its doors, many thousands of students adopted the College as their second home.
The 25 years of educational service has been commemorated in a coin issued by the Central Bank.
This is a silver coin to commemorate the anniversary. Its design shows the facade of the College provided by Malta University and refined by a Dutch Mint designer and only 700 coins will be issued.
The launch of the coin recalls a particular moment when its activities have been totally hampered by the pandemic.
College Principal, Paul Xuereb, said it has been a difficult year because the usual programme could not be offered to students, a programme that is not only focused on the students but to offer them a whole experience.
He thanked the Central Bank for accepting to mint the coin because this highlights the celebrations that unfortunately cannot be held. However, the con wil help to commemorate this.
Joseph Esposito, an Official at the Central Bank said this is the second coin that has been issued with the collaboration of Malta University, the first having been to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Mata University and issued in 2019. On that occasion two sets of coins were issued and are sought after by local and international collectors.
University Rector Alfred J. Vella stressed the importance of the Junior College and the importance of its formation of youths that progress through this College. He further stressed that two post-Secondary years of education as being critical and helps to influence students throughout the rest of their lives.
Professor Vella said he is proud of this anniversary that means a lot to him while expressing his hopes that in the coming year, staff and students once more are able to get together for a normal year to continue enable students to regard the Junior College as their second home.