Third year Psychology student, Katrina Farrugia, was elected as KPS Commissioner for the term 2019/20 in KSU, competing against fellow candidate, Jessica Pace. As Social Policy Officer, Vice-President and recently, President of Betapsi, Katrina has been active in student activism at the University of Malta since 2016.
Farrugia focused her manifesto on two major themes; approachability and effectivity. With regards to approachability, she emphasized the importance of the proxy vote, the Table a Motion and the Senate Recognition. Furthermore, she wishes that events organized by student organizations by given a boost in attendance by other student organizations which could be helped by creating an online platform for promotion of events that will be added to the KSU website and email list. “I want KPS and KSU to be as approachable to you as organizations”, she stated. Farrugia continued to say that “I wish for KPS to be a bridge between the students and the VO Recognition”. Organizations could be more effective if they are listed officially as a Voluntary Organization, her manifesto states.
Farrugia’s second theme which she focused on was Effectivity in which she focused on physical, sexual and mental health. By providing physical activities on campus, First Aid Courses and Mental First Aid Courses, she believes that students would be able to work on their health by making them more aware. Moreover, Farrugia would emphasized the importance of the environment by continuing the work done by previous administrations in reduce the amount of non-recycled waste at university as well as lobbying with the university in not using plastic products and only using soft copies for assignments.
Such ideas for the upcoming term for the new KPS Commissioner could be a KPS Meeting regarding the Gozitan Connectivity Issue which is a hot topic at the moment, and is to only get more heated in the future. By informing Maltese students regarding the Connectivity Issue as well as hearing Maltese students’ opinions, more awareness can be brought forward about the issue.
Furthermore, to create more multi-diversity on campus, An International Week could be organized where international students attending the University of Malta as Erasmus students or full-time students, could join together as countries in creating a week where they get to celebrate their countries with their local foods and activities.
Nevertheless, Insite Malta would like to wish Katrina Farrugia the best of luck in her term as KPS Commissioner for 2019/20!