Graduation 2016: Professor John Schembri to receive honorary doctorateWednesday 20 July 2016
Professor John A. Schembri, Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Malta, will today be awarded the title of Doctor of Education (honoris causa) in recognition of his contribution to Geography education at both university and school level.
Professor Schembri is Head of the Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta. His primary school education took place at the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition and he attended The Lyceum and the Junior College for his secondary and post-secondary education respectively.
He has a BA from the University of Malta in Contemporary Mediterranean Studies and History and later obtained an MA in the Geography of the Middle East and the Mediterranean, followed by a PhD, at Durham University’s Department of Geography.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and is also a Chartered Geographer. He lectures mainly in Human Geography with particular reference to the Mediterranean. Professor Schembri is essentially a coastal geographer with interests in development in ports and harbours and historical heritage along urban coastal areas. The latter includes early 20th century Ordnance Survey cartography of the Maltese Islands. Professor Schembri is a regular contributor to courses organised by the International Ocean Institute in Malta.
Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said:
“During graduation week we aim to recognise inspirational people who demonstrate what it truly means to be of service to others. Professor Schembri has assisted generations of Liverpool Hope staff and students in deepening their knowledge of the world around them. We are delighted to formally welcome Professor Schembri into the Liverpool Hope community."
Professor Schembri said: “I am delighted to accept this award. It came as a huge surprise, as I always considered Conferment was for others. I am grateful to Liverpool Hope University for this and for having maintained relations with the University of Malta for more than a decade through a number of research, pedagogic and publication initiatives from the initial Erasmus Exchange Programme. The joint field sessions, held annually in Malta, cement these relations, assist in giving both sets of students an international dimension to their studies, and provide cultural bridges between the young geographers. I dedicate this award to my seniors, tutors, and colleagues in the faculties, departments and administration of the Alma Maters where I worked and studied in Malta and the UK, to the members of the geography department at Liverpool Hope University, soon my additional Alma Mater, and my friends and family for encouraging me to follow the academic pathways. The moral support I received from my son and my late wife was crucial in following my career.”