James Calleja has been involved in vocational training since 2001. Before being appointed Director of Cedefop in October 2013, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Employment in his native Malta. He has also been Chief Executive of the Malta Qualifications Council (2005-10) and of the National Commission for Higher Education (2009-10). Since 1988 he has held a part-time lecturing positions in the Faculty of Education and since 2001 in the Department of International Studies of the University of Malta. In summer 2013 he was promoted to the rank of Professor.

Mr Calleja is a graduate of the Universities of Malta, Padua (Italy) and Bradford (UK), where he obtained his PhD from the Department of Peace Studies on a thesis on education and peace in the context of Kant’s political philosophy. In 2001, he was appointed Administrative Director of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and in 2004, he moved to the European Training Foundation in Turin as Administrator.

A prolific writer, Mr Calleja has published books and articles and has edited various publications. He is the co-author of the Malta Referencing Report of the Malta Qualifications Framework to the EQF and the QF-EHEA. He has chaired, participated in and presented several papers at international seminars, conferences and workshops and conducted training in various countries in Europe, North America, South-East Asia, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. He represented Malta on the EQF Advisory Group, on CEDEFOP’s Governing Board and on the Bologna Follow-Up Group. He was also a member of the Council of the University of Malta representing the Ministry of Education and Employment.

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