Faculty of Arts introduces studies in journalism, psychology and science

The Dean of the Faculty of Arts Abdul Rasheed Ali has said the college will introduce a degree in journalism, a diploma in psychology and political science by next year in the faculty for the first time in the Maldives.

”We are looking forward to introducing a Masters Degree in the Dhivehi language also,” Rasheed said.

Rasheed said the courses offered by the Maldives College of Higher Education’s Faculty of Arts would be “more professional” than the courses provided by the neighboring countries.

”There are many challenges we have to face,” he said, including a lack of equipment and land at the faculty.

”We need a laboratory for the study of psychology and a studio for the degree in journalism,” he said, ”and we need more qualified students.”

Many students left after completing half the courses due to a lack of money, Rasheed observed.

”Half the students taking a BA in Dhivehi have left because they did not have enough money to pay the course fees,” he said. ”There are many students looking forward to the Rf 2000 (US$155) loan the government provides for students.”

Many owed far more than Rf 2000, he said.


Government to launch polytechnic institution

Cabinet has approved the creation of a vocational higher-education institution with the stated aims of producing skilled workers, training young people and reducing the country’s reliance on expatriate workers.

With invention of the new institute, to be called ‘Maldives Polytechnic’, programs currently run by the Maldives Institute of Vocational Education Training (MIVET) and and the Faculty of Engineering Technology will be folded into the one institution.

Press secretary for the president’s office Mohamed Zuhair said the majority of workers in the Maldives with skills in specific fields, notably trades, are foreigners. He said the government intended to reduce the number of foreign workers by training skilled people locally.

”It will even make it easy for the government to provide services for people,” he said.

The new polytechnic would provide high-level jobs for trainers and educators, he added.

President of MIVET advisory council Shafeea Zubair said that the main aim of the Maldives Polytechnic was to involve young people in the country’s economy, helping unemployed youths to train and get jobs.

“The majority of young people are unemployed,” she said, “because they get their basic needs provided by their family. This is the culture of the country, and it needs to be stopped.”

She said when the polytechnic starts operating all the program conducted by Faculty of Engineering and MIVET would come under the institute to allow the Maldives College of Higher Education to evolve into a university.

The educational development would help diversify the economy beyond fishing and tourism, she said.

“The Maldivian economy is based on fishing and tourism, only a few prefer working in these fields,” she said.