Schooling is compulsory and free between 5 and 15 years. A quarter of the students attend Catholic schools. Illiteracy is still widespread: 7.6% of the population is not literate (2005). Higher education is given at the University of Malta. Many Maltese study abroad at predominantly British universities. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Malta.
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Valletta, the capital of the Republic of Malta; 6675 residents (2013). The town, which forms a small part of a large urban area, Northern Harbor, was founded in 1566 by the Order of Johannite (Maltese Knights) according to a unified, defense-engineered plan; It is situated on a peninsula between two narrow bays and is the country’s most important port. Large parts of the historic fort, Fort St. Elmo, is preserved like a number of the Order Knights’ mansions, one of which is decorated as a national museum. Important buildings from the time of the Johns are also Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace and the Great Hospital. The city is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The city is named after Jean Parisot de la Valette.
In 2002, a port and tourist development project was launched in Valletta’s port with, among other things, Danish engineering participation.