The Maltese archipelago consists of three main islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino, with a total population of a little over 400,000, and situated 93km south of Sicily, Italy. The Islands enjoy a pleasant, temperate climate, characterised by long, dry summers and short, mild winters. The country is considered among the safest countries worldwide, ranked seventh safest small country and 15th overall in a 2015 study by US data analysis firm, Value Penguin. The population is friendly and welcoming. Students who relocate to study or to work in Malta describe the transition period almost as non-existent, immediately feeling at home.
The economy, though small, is remarkably healthy and thriving having proven mostly impervious to the upheavals that recently shook the financial world. This can be ascribed to the fact that the economy is diversified, where a downturn in any one sector is compensated for by a continued strong performance in other areas.
Tourism provides the backbone to the Maltese economy framework with a total contribution to a GDP of over 27% in 2017, a figure that is forecast to rise by 4.5% by 2027. Employment in the travel and tourism industry takes up to 30% of overall local employment, with around 50,000 jobs. This is also expected to increase to up to 66,000 jobs by 2027.
Institute of Tourism Studies graduates enjoy a 98% success rate of finding a job, both locally and internationally.