One gets the impression that the Maltese in Australia are not terribly impressed with a tertiary education, and neither parents nor students are inclined to give it much importance.
The proportion of Maltese-born possessing a higher qualification (diploma or higher) is low, with little variation between first and second generation, being about 2% for the 1981 Census and nearly 6% in the 1986 census. Although this seems like a considerable improvement, particularly in the case of females, where there is a 6-fold increase, it does not compare favorably with the average Australian or South European-born population.
Source: Maurice N. Cauchi - Maltese Migrants in Australia, Malta 1990
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