On the 25 February 2019, the Faculty of Education, Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education at the University of Malta activated the University Senate's decision in favour of Recognition of Prior Learning (RLP).
The Malta National Lifelong Learning Strategy proposes that a coherent accreditation framework is to be developed for personal and informal learning. Committed to lifelong learning in its broader context, RPL (Recognition of Prior learning) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) are features of modern day universities. The Faculty of Education has been in the forefront to activate this provision by Senate. The Senate has now reviewed and accepted initial efforts to introduce RPL for prospective Adult Education students who wish to further their studies as Master’s level. This recent development was described by Prof Peter Mayo as an significant milestone for the Faculty showing a focus on lifelong education beyond schooling.
From February 2019, RPL students, holding diplomas in adult education and similar level five qualifications can follow courses constituting the bridging year for entry, if successful, to next year's MA in Adult Education. Among the RPL students are holders of the Directorate for Lifelong Learning (Ministry for Education and Employment) Higher Diploma in the Teaching of Adults. It is hoped that other diploma holders will in future avail themselves of this provision.