Parliamentary Secretary for Financial
Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri presided over the
signing of an agreement between the University of Malta and GamingMalta, an
agreement aimed at accelerating careers in the video game development sector.
Through this agreement, students within
the UoM AI Department will be receiving certification of the Unity Game Engine
programming, a programme that is sought after within the esports and video game
‘Education is at the core of our vision
for the esports and video game development industry. Today’s agreement is an
important step forward. The Unity Game Engine programming certification by the
University of Malta is more than praiseworthy; it adds valuable prestige to the
excellent educational programmes already provided at Post Grad M.Sc and
Doctorate levels by the Institute of Digital Games’ said Parliamentary
Parliamentary Secretary Schembri
explained that through the Unity certification, future game developers are
being offered a complete package, sound theoretical foundations, intensive
practical sessions based in Unity’s own experience, an industry valued
certification whilst equipping these students on their way to a successful and
bright future within the industry.
‘The fact that by 2020 Malta will have a
cohort of 50 certified Unity programmers thus placing Malta in a very
attractive position vis-à-vis foreign gaming companies that want to settle
here, is another encouraging affirmation that we are definitely on the right
track’ said Schembri.
Parliamentary Secretary Schembri thanked
the University of Malta for its valuable efforts and its commitment in helping
the academia bridge any gaps that might exist between its education programmes
and the skills required at the workplace.
Prof Alfred Vella, the rector of the
University of Malta said that the agreement is a sign of University’s
commitment to serve the students, tomorrow’s workforce which will be an
essential part for Malta’s economic growth.
The Head of the Artificial Intelligence
Department within the University of Malta Prof Alexiei Dingli said that the
agreement ensures that AI graduates within the University of Malta get the best
of both worlds. ‘AI graduates will get a valuable degree from the University of
Malta and the unity certification which is sought after in the video gaming
industry thus making them very attractive to potential employers and will help
towards boosting the success of the video gaming sector in Malta’ said Profs
Ivan Filletti, Head of Business
Operations for Gaming Malta emphasised that education and the renewal of skills
within the digital sector and game development is of utmost importance. ‘This
collaboration within the University of Malta will enhance the vision which was
launched by the Government together with GamingMalta in order to sustain this
emergent sector in a sustainable manner’ said Filletti.
The Unity Game Engine programme is one
of the most successful gaming engines in the world. In fact, half of all the
games in the world are written using Unity and it has a market share of around
48%. Because of this, we use Unity to teach our students. Since Malta is eyeing
the digital gaming industry as one of the industries of the future, the
Department of AI wants to assert that its students finish their degree with a
Unity programming certification.
Original article found on Malta Winds