A company which runs universities in the UK and other countries is planning to set up facilities in Malta which may attract 3,000 foreign students to study here.

A delegation from the company, INTO University Partnerships, this morning had a meeting with Labour leader Joseph Muscat, who said today that his party was determined to give more choice to students at tertiary level.

INTO University Partnerships operates 18 universities in the UK, China and the United States.

He said that the PL viewed Malta as as an ideal destination for investment by overseas university and teaching centres.

Such projects, he said could be carried out in association with the University of Malta, Mcast the ITS or other Maltese institutions.

He noted that INTO was interested in developing a private campus in Malta and another in Gozo for disciplines which will include medicine, management, finance and economic development, attracting as many as 3,000 students to study in Malta.

Such projects, he said, would not affect funding for the University.

Andre Colin, founder of INTO said that Malta needed to be promoted as a teaching centre in the same way as it was known for the teaching of English to foreigners.