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Pulse Malta was founded on 19th March, 1997, with the purpose of being an active organisation representing students all over the islands. Commencing operations at the G.F. Abela Junior College and the University of Malta, Pulse started fielding candidates for the students’ council elections, with a successful result and a notable track-record, especially in KSJC: the Junior College students’ council.

In 2012, Pulse continued on its mission to expand its representation, becoming the first-ever recognised student society in MCAST, and therefore increasing its reach to all College campuses in Malta and Gozo. This was followed by recognition as the first-ever political student representation in the Gozo Sixth Form. In December 2013, Pulse obtained an absolute majority of votes and seats in KSM: the MCAST Students’ Council, together with the highest-ever turnout recorded in the Council’s history.

Throughout the years, Pulse’s active role in student activism led to active debate and a professional attitude towards student representation. Throughout the years, Pulse voiced students’ concerns on matters such as stipends availability, public transportation issues, as well as numerous educational affairs. The latter included the campaign with regards to the ‘Legal Studies’ subject at post-secondary level, which Pulse initiated and successfully moved forward in summer 2013. In September 2013, Pulse opened its Economic Affairs Review Board which compiled and presented the first-ever pre-budget document reaction from a student organisation to Finance Minister Edward Scicluna.

Pulse aims to continue expanding its representation in order to continue building on the work conducted so far. Furthermore, with clear aims for the future, the organisation will continue providing effective representation through clear policies and a student-centred agenda.

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Activism

  • Pulse strives to enhance students’ rights and represent students’ interest in whatever issues concern them. Throughout the years the organization has issued several press releases whereby it voiced students’ concerns and has put forward positive proposals on how to resolve student related manners in the most sensible way and how to improve the educational system. Pulse has organized and participated in a number of reform discussions and has also drafted proposals to improve the current situation. Furthermore, the organization has also organized and participated in different protests on a national level to defend students’ rights. Besides tackling national issues concerning students, Pulse also deals with individual cases and queries which are put forward by students.

Stipends

  • October 1997, the Government at the time was discussing to reform stipends, which proposals were not welcomed by the students. Pulse had participated in a national protest along with other University organizations, including KSU, to express its disapproval to the proposed reform. During a press conference held in October 2003, Pulse had issued a policy paper about stipends and for the second time it opposed to the cuts being proposed to the stipends and student card. Recently Pulse had also expressed its concerns over the comments passed on stipends by the Ministry for Education and the Central Bank. Pulse firmly holds that stipends are meant to financially assist the students in their students and as a support for means of living. Furthermore, in its Budget reaction Pulse has been proposing that stipends ought to be increased to reflect inflation.

MATSEC reform

  • December 2001, the MATSEC examination department was proposing to emend the Advanced level examination bye-laws and rules and to include a higher examination tariff. Pulse had opposed to the proposed reforms and after all forms of discussions failed, Pulse together with KSJC had organized a protest outside Junior College. The MATSEC department was proposing another set of reforms by 2005, which proposals included that of scheduling the September re-sit session to December. During a press conference Pulse had expressed its disapproval to the mentioned proposal and had insisted that if such an amendment would be included than students having a re-sit will be forced to skip a year.


Transport Reform

  • In October 2005, Pulse had announced during a press conference that it will be organizing a protest against the increase in bus fares. The protest was held at Valletta and during which Pulse officials had met with the Prime Minister and Opposition leader. During which meetings an official document was presented to both parties explaining their objections to the bus fares and proposing to subsidies students. Furthermore, they went on further encouraging the authorities to introduce a new direct bus system scheduled to operate within the route of other educational institutions.

    Later on in September 2007 Pulse had organized a press conference to inform University students that as from that academic year the University had planned to introduce a new parking system. Which parking system resulted in fewer parking spaces being available for students. Pulse had encouraged the authorities to consider other alternatives.

MCAST industrial dispute

  • An industrial dispute had broken out in May 2008 between the academic staff at MCAST being represented by MUT and the Government authorities over the lecturers’ collective agreement. As a result of such industrial dispute the MCAST students were facing the consequence of having no lectures, academic work and assignments were not being collected and had the possibility of missing their exams. Pulse representatives had personally attended to the protests being organized by the students and had listened to their concerns. Pulse representatives were asked to intervene on the matter on behalf of MCAST students to safeguard their rights and to voice their concerns with those involved. Immediately Pulse had contacted MUT officials and updated the students with the current situation. Pulse had also met with the Student Affairs representatives, with the College student council And College administration. Pulse had also organized a press conference whereby it informed the media with relevant updated and voiced students’ concerns and appeal. The parties concerned had finally then reached an agreement and the directives were lifted.

MASA industrial dispute

  • Further on in January 2009 another industrial dispute had emerged at the University of Malta over the accademic staff collective agreement. The industrial actions resulted in the possibility of having the January exams being cancelled. Pulse had issued several press releases on the matter expressing its concerns and disapproval. Then Pulse together with other UoM student organizations and KSU joined forces to strengthen their campaign and voice students’ concerns. Join press releases were issued and joint press conferences were held whereby the students were constantly being informed about what was happening. The organizations then had decided to organize a protest at the University campus as a sign of disapproval on how both parties disregarded students’ interests. The parties concerned had finally then reached an agreement and the directives were lifted.


ERASMUS

  • In spite of the EU Commission suspending the funds allocated to Malta under the Life Long Learning and Youth in Action initiatives, Maltese students who had been already accepted to take part in ERASMUS or LEONARDO were denied such opportunity. Pulse had issued several press releases expressing its disapproval and urging the Ministry for Education to solve the manner in the students’ interest. Pulse had joined forces with KSU and KNZ on the matter and took part in the ERASMUS.NOW campaign. Pulse representatives also went in front of the House of Parliament to present MPs with a petition and a covering letter encouraging MPs to decide in the interest of the students and to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Enhancing Your Rights fulfilling Your Duties

  • Pulse had launched a campaign to emend the current electoral system used to elect KSU representatives. Pulse was proposing that instead of the First Past the Post electoral system being used a Proportional Representation mechanism should replace the latter. This proposal being put forward by Pulse will result in a fairer and wider representation. Throughout the campaign more than 3000 University students had signed the petition in favour of such a proposal. The PR proposal was to be presented during the KSU AGM however despite the lack of political maturity of those present, the motion was withdrawn.

Pulse is a student based organisation in Malta that aims to represent students and defend their rights. Pulse operates in Malta's 4 major institutions inclusing Junior College, University of Malta, Gozo and MCAST

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