Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, son of Carmelo and Maria nee' Ross, was
born in Cospicua on 8 November 1932. He was educated at the Lyceum and the
Royal University of Malta. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1952 and
as a Doctor of Laws in 1955. As a lawyer, Dr Mifsud Bonnici practised in
all the Law Courts of Malta. On 3 May 1959 he married Gemma nee' Bianco.
They have three children: Carmelo, Anton and Jeanne-Pia.
Following in his father's footsteps, he contested the General
Elections in the interests of the Nationalist Party in 1966. He was
elected from the 2nd District which comprised Cospicua, Vittoriosa,
Senglea, Kalkara and Fgura. He has been re-elected in all subsequent
General Elections. For fifteen years (1972-1987) he was the Nationalist
Party's spokesman for Education. In 1977 he was also elected President of
the Party's General and Administrative Councils.
In 1987 the Nationalist Party was elected to Government and Dr
Mifsud Bonnici was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Education. His
portfolio included Education, Environment, Broadcasting, Culture, Youth,
Museums and Sport. In 1990 he became Minister of Education and the
Interior. Following the 1992 elections Dr Mifsud Bonnici was appointed
Minister of Education and Human Resources.
As a Member of Parliament, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici took an active
interest in the updating of
's legislation. He was a member of numerous Select Committees including
the Committee set up to draft the Constitutional changes that declared
As a Minister, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici worked on the drafting of
important legislation such as the Education Act, the Environment Act, the
National Archives Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Promotion
Notwithstanding his commitments, Dr Mifsud Bonnici is a prolific
writer. His articles have appeared in various newspapers and some of them
were published in two books: Il-Linja it-Tajba - L-Ahjar Artikli ta'
Dottor Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and Biex il-Futur Rega' Beda. He also
spent some years as editor of a literary magazine Malta Letterarja.