TheInternational Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS) will host a refereed conference at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, a deluxe, 5-star resort situated within the 16th century fortifications of Valletta, Malta's capital city. The rate for one room (see booking form) starts at 85 Euros per night, based on bed and breakfast and inclusive of taxes.
It's an unbeatable academic package with deluxe hotel rooms going at low rates and the conference registration fee including an introductory visit to Valletta followed by two bus programs that will tour the whole country in two days. Once again, IJAS delivers an affordable 5-star package fit for royalty.
Nestled sixty miles under Sicily, the Maltese Islands are a unique mix of Sicilian and British cultures while the underlying native language, Maltese, is a Semitic language.
Beaches are everywhere. Thousands-year old temples overlook the fishing boats trawling the crystal clear blue waters.
These islands of beauty and peace are the European Union's gems in the Mediterranean, a rejuvenating magnet for lovely country walks, full of pleasant cultural surprises. During March, they provide one of the warmest spots in Europe.
The name "Malta" is somewhat confusing because sometimes it denotes the largest island and sometimes it refers to the three islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino - as one nation state. Our conference will be held in Malta, the largest island.
Besides offering you the opportunity of sharing your research with an international audience, the conference will facilitate your participation, free-of-charge, in (i) a one-day program around Malta, and (ii) a one-day program around Gozo, discovering both islands' major touristic and cultural areas by bus and some walking. On the first day of the conference, 1 March, there is an introductory walk (with tour guide) around Valletta, the capital of Malta.
Malta is distinctly different from Europe to its north and North Africa to its south. It captures the flavor of both but then adds its own creative touch for an idyllic life that is so distinctly Maltese. To capture a glimpse of life in Malta, clickhere to see the photos taken by Michael Jurick during his family visit to the Maltese islands.
The view from the restaurant at our conference hotel
The heated indoor swimming pools at the Excelsior.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior
The IJAS Conference Series takes place annually in several cities across Europe and North America. The series has three primary aims. The first aim is to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research both through the conference podium and IJAS' double-blind refereed publications. All IJAS conferences are inter- and multi-disciplinary. The second aim of the Conference Series is to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions. The tours are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the conference hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view. Even in an increasingly networked world of internet and satellite conferences, there is no substitute for personal interaction—what Edward R. Murrow calls "the last three feet of communication." It is individuals, not data streams, who must ultimately build the connections that in turn create lasting international research partnerships. The third aim of the Conference Series is to introduce academics to educational premises in locations that are suitable for study abroad programs and which may meet their students’ educational needs. IJAS draws its inspiration from the Fulbright Program, an integral part of the United States' foreign educational relations, where face-to-face exchanges have proven to be the single most effective means of engaging international publics while broadening dialogue between academics and institutions.
Everything was well planned, the company was congenial, and last but not least the tours were very interesting. I enjoyed every single moment of it.
Dr. L. Filiz Ozbas Cyprus International University
Our editorial board invites abstracts, papers, and proposals in any of the following four tracks:
Social Sciences and Humanities,
Business and Economics,
Teaching and Education, and
Science and Technology.
The accepted submissions will be clustered around their common topics and areas of interest. As is typical of multidisciplinary conferences, the final program - released about three weeks before the conference - will mirror the research agendas of the delegates rather than a pre-conceived list of arbitrary topics.
It is up to each delegate how much to submit or publish. Some authors may publish only an abstract in the proceedings. Others may prefer to publish a full-length manuscript in the journal.
Delegates may also attend a conference without submitting or publishing any research.
Authors may deliver their work during the conference either as (i) a 15-minute oral presentation, (ii) a poster session, (iii) a panel, or (iv) a workshop.
The Malta conference was lovely and I would especially like to note the outstanding contribution of Joseph [Azzopardi] from the University of Malta for his patience and personal care taken with each participant.
Dr. Marilyn Steinbach Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Click on the above photo for an impressive array of photos from Malta through the camera lens of Michael Jurick.
Complimentary Early Bird Special
1 March. Walk starts at 1:00 pm outside the Excelsior Hotel and at 1:05 pm outside the nearby Phoenicia Hotel (at the Valletta Bus Terminus).
Valletta guarded by its own fortifications.
On Sunday afternoon, IJAS will host a guided welcome-to-the-conference walk through Malta's capital city, Valletta, a UNESCO Heritage site. The leisurely walk will start outside the front door of the Grand Hotel Excelsior.
The old streets in Malta are narrow and snake through the town. They were purposely built this way to help the town defend itself from the Moors who would invade, pillage and carry the locals as slaves to North Africa. The winding streets made it difficult for the invaders to visualize what awaited them ahead on the rooftops, in the windows, and on the ground.
Valletta is an exception in its street layout. The streets are in grid format since it was felt that the fortifications outside Valletta would suffice to keep the invaders out.
Places of interest in Valletta include the Barrakka for a view of one of the deepest harbors in the world and the Knights' St John Church whose carved walls and engraved floor slabs are a tribute to the European nobility that sponsored the Order.
Everybody was so friendly and gave me a lot of academic advice, and the conference and its educational tours provided a pleasant experience for me. I would like to attend an IJAS conference again in the future.
Dr.Yuko Kato Jin-ai University, Japan
Complimentary Day Program Around Gozo
3 March.Departure at 8:15 am from the Excelsior Hotel
University of Northern British Columbia researchers Brenda Christensen and Maureen G. Hewlett soaking in the sun and the view during the Gozo tour.
The day program starts from outside the Excelsior where a private coach will take us to the Gozo ferry for a 30-minute crossing. As soon as we arrive in Gozo, we proceed to Victoria, the island's capital town.
We will walk through the town's narrow streets radiating outwards from its suq ("market"). In Independence Square, we shall watch an audiovisual show about the history of the island. A brief tour of the Citadel follows, rising majestically above the town, with comprehensive views of the island. The Citadel was built by the Knights of St John.
A private bus will then pick us up and take us to watch the island's other picturesque spots includingDwejra's rocky cliffs under the village of San Lawrenz.
You're always close to the sea in Gozo.
Gozo is hilly and as a result the scenery keeps changing even over small distances. This keeps a bus tour refreshing with one surprise after another. There is always something different to see round every corner. Everything tends to be on a miniscule scale in comparison to the vast open space that one is accustomed to in the United States. The compactness of the island makes it possible to get off the bus and tour the various spots of interest on foot as opposed to witnessing it all through the bus windows.
Gozo provides a relaxing experience. The island is peaceful and compared to the main island Malta, greener with beautiful countryside. Gozo is home to the popular Azure Window, a natural arch formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed. One can find a number of secluded beaches on the island and seaside resorts popular with tourists and locals alike. The most popular are Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay. Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean.
Complimentary Day Program Around Malta
4 March. Departure at 9:00 am from the Excelsior Hotel.
Starting once again outside the Excelsior, our coach will rumble to Mdina, a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island.
We will be visiting a number of places today but Mdina will be the highlight. Punic remains uncovered beyond the city’s walls, suggest the importance of this town to Malta’s Phoenician settlers. Mdina is commonly called the "Silent City" by natives and visitors. The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just over three hundred. The town benefits from its strategic location on one of the island's highest points and at maximum distance from the sea. Under the Roman Empire Malta became a Municipium and the Roman Governor built his palace in Mdina. Tradition holds that the Apostle St. Paul resided in the city after his historical shipwreck on the islands.
Malta passed to the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in 1530 AD. Mdina hosted the public ceremony in which each Grand Master swore an oath to protect the Maltese Islands and the rights of his subjects. A strong earthquake in 1693 led to the introduction of Baroque design within the city scape.
Ironically, it was the same knights that undermined the town's national importance when in 1566 they started building a new capital city, Valletta, under the Grandmaster of the Order, Jean Parisot de la Valette.
It was a fantastic conference! Very well organised, supervised with dedication... interesting papers over a wide range of topics, friendly participants, and a gorgeous setting. Dr. Elizabeth Christopher Macquarie University, Australia
Why The Bus Tours Matter
The two bus tours seek to practically cover an entire country in two days.
To understand the importance of these bus tours as part of the IJAS experience in fostering study abroad programs and joint reserch, please click here.
Submit Your Research
This conference had always been held on the University of Malta campus in Gozo. However, due to the growing number of delegates and space limitations on campus, the conference moved in 2013 to the Excelsior in Malta. This move would not have materialized without the assistance of Maltese academic Dr. Ernest Azzopardi who had first experienced an IJAS conference in Florence.
To submit your abstract for presentation at this conference, click here.
The most important dates to remember are as follows:
The proceedings and journals will be published in late December 2015.
IJAS delegates at the University of Malta. [Photo: Mihai Rata]
Within a few days of receiving your online abstract submission, we will notify you of the reviewers' acceptance or rejection, for the conference.
If we inform you that it is an acceptance and you would like to publish your research, follow the model format hereand email us your formatted abstract or full manuscript in Microsoft Word. You may do so up to a few weeks after the conference. Abstracts and summarized articles will be published in the proceedings entitled Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in electronic format (ISSN 1943-6114).
Full length manuscripts may be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences(ISSN 1944-6934) or any of the refereed journals electronically available through our publishing consortium. The review process for the journals is slower and more demanding in its standards. Although both the proceedings and journals are refereed, research that meets the refereed standards for the conference and the proceedings may not meet the refereed standards for the journals. The selection of a journal, if any, for a particular manuscript is entirely at the discretion of the editorial board members following the reviewers' suggestions.
All the journals and proceedings are in electronic format since this makes it easier to disseminate the articles (click here for a sample article) to international scholars.
Authors will receive complimentary access to the online issue in which their work appears. One's work or research presentation may not simultaneously appear in both our proceedings and journals.
Authors who prefer a hard copy may download an entire issue on their own computer and publish and order a hard copy of it from Lulu.com or any other online publishing service for their own personal use.
IJAS's articles are indexed/accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii)Cabell's directories of Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology and Administration, (iv) Proquest, (v) EBSCO, (vi) Genamics, (vii) the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2012) list compiled by the Australian Research Council, and (viii) Google Scholar - click here.
There is no page limit on articles. We welcome both short and lengthy submissions. We don't impose a financial penalty on lengthy manuscripts.
Each registered author, irrespective of whether he or she submits a formatted manuscript for publication, will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conference.
Powerpoint Presentations At the conference, the presentation room will be equipped with a laptop, a digital projector and a projector screen. The laptop will be set up for Powerpoint presentations. Linux and Mac users are asked to save their presentations in a compatible format.
Gozo’s people were very kind and friendly. I had a very pleasant and peaceful time in Gozo, and hope to visit Gozo again with my family.
Dr. Seong-Min Yoon Pusan National University, S. Korea
Do you require a visa to enter Malta?
Malta is an EU member. To find out if you require a visa for Malta, click here. In several countries, it's the Italian and Austrian embassies that are entrusted with issuing visas for Malta. To find out where to apply for a visa, click here (this extensive list is not current) and here (for the latest updated addresses!). For more information about visa applications, fees, and required supporting documents, click here. Please note that it may take a number of weeks to secure a Maltese visa.
Lodging (Click here for Excelsior Lodging Application)
The Excelsior commands the Island’s premier waterfront location offering breathtaking sea views of Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel exceeds expectations on the basis of its 5-star service excellence. All 428 deluxe rooms and suites enjoy a harmonious blend of classic and contemporary design mixed with modern 5-star convenience.
Spread over ten levels, most of the rooms and suites overlook stunning harbour views. The Excelsior’s facilities include a private 30-berth marina, large outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a health & beauty centre, and food and beverage outlets.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior opened its doors to its first guests in late 2007. Right from the start it was very clear that the product and service offerings were to be of a superior nature. The hotel prides itself in attracting and retaining a faithful following of leisure and business guests as well as prominent international personalities.
Book your room at the Excelsior (click booking form). You may also book an Excelsior room - or other rooms in other hotels in Malta - throughBooking.com. For logistical purposes, please make sure that your lodging will be on the main island, Malta, and not on the islands of Gozo or Comino.
IJAS is not responsible for lodging and does not handle any lodging applications.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior at night.
[We] would like to thank you for the highly organized and very interesting conference in Gozo. For us it was a wonderful experience and a good opportunity to meet with other colleagues in several academic fields.
Dr. George Girlesteanu, University of Craiova, Romania
Conference Registration Payment
Registration is open to everyone, not just to research presenters.
For all alternative ways of paying the registration fee, click here.
The adjacent button allows you to pay the $200 registration fee separately for your guest, if you so wish.
The registration fee does not include food and lodging.
$375 - Malta (March 2015) Conference Registration Valid for all 5 days Valid for one person for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours.
$275 - Malta (March 2015) Conference Registration Valid for 1 day only Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises.
$575 - Malta (March 2015) Conference Registration for 2 persons. Valid for all 5 days Joint registration for yourself and a fellow co-author or guest, valid for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours. There is no such thing as a "free child" or "free spouse." Also, children under 6-years old are not allowed. This option is not available for two authors with two or more research presentations.
$105 - How to Organize a Study Abroad Program A one-credit hour graduate level course with the University of San Diego. For information and separate registration click here.
Traditional Maltese Food
The Maltese cuisine is a standard bearer of the Mediterranean diet and reflects the regional influences that left their mark on the islands over the centuries.
During your visit, we recommend the following for your enjoyment:
The Maltese cuisine is right at the heart of the Mediterranean Diet.
Aljotta (a.k.a. "Maltese Fish Soup"). Made from fresh fish, herbs, garlic and tomatoes.
Mqarrun il-Forn (a.k.a. "Maltese Baked Macaroni"). This is a mixture of macaroni, eggs, bolognese sauce, peas, and bacon.
Ross il-Forn (a.k.a. "Baked Rice"). Eggs, bolognese sauce, peas and bacon are added to a dish of rice, spiced with curry, and baked.
Rabbit Stew. It probably qualifies as the most traditional Maltese dish, typically served over spaghetti.
Qargha Baghli Mimli (a.k.a. "Maltese Stuffed Marrows"). Enriched with beef and fresh herbs and, preferably, baked.
Pastizzi and Qassatat. Filodough filled with fresh Maltese fresh cheeselets or peas. The dough in qassatat is less oily.
Hobz tal-Malti (a.k.a. "Traditional Maltese Bread"). Shaped like a cannon ball succumbing under its own weight. Its hard crust encases a soft delicious interior.
Kinnie. Malta's traditional soft drink. Tastes like a Campari turned into a soda without the alcohol.
The above are our favorites from a longer list that you may read about by clicking here.
In Case of Questions About...
your submission or the conference:
tourism on the islands:
International Journal of Arts & Sciences Attn: Mark Bridge Conferences Department 55 Farm Drive Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-3565 USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Joseph Azzopardi Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy University of Malta Msida Malta