UP Academy

Change Your Mindset: Up Your Game

UP Academy is a unique Higher Educational Institution (Licence No. 2023-004) which focuses on personal and professional development from CEOs to newly appointed employees. Our cutting-edge approach is based on our FIRE philosophy which encourages individuals to dig deep and work toward high performance and the best version of themselves.

The Academy provides programmes, structured into awards, on various themes and fields associated with the business environment and leadership development. Bringing together our expertise and experience in the education, training and business fields, UP Academy now offers you the opportunity to up your level through our range of challenging accredited programmes.

UP Academy is licensed by the Malta Further & Higher Education Authority (Licence No. 2023-004) which allows us to develop a wide range of programmes from Level 5 – Level 7 and have them accredited to the Malta Qualification Framework which is pegged to the European Qualification Framework. Our goal is to offer a broad portfolio of accredited courses from Bachelor to Postgraduate level, from Awards through to Masters.

Whether for career development or continuing professional development, UP Academy is a one-stop shop in providing a broad range of contemporary courses focused on the ever-changing world of business, leadership & organizational performance

Together we take you through a journey of self-development – helping you to keep focus on your role while providing top-notch guidance from accomplished leaders. Whether you’re an executive, manager, entrepreneur, or an aspiring leader, our supported programme is ideal for you to stay on track, be accountable, and grow into a better version of yourself.

Guaranteed results and personal development that benefits both you and your business

FIRE UP your organisation’s learning and development through our Academy’s online training courses when you want, where you want and on whatever you want to develop a culture of performance.

Accredited Courses: Change your Mindset: UP Your Game

Always striving to be ahead of the game and the emerging trends in the workplace, UP Academy is excited to announce the launch the first of its MQF accredited programmes dedicated to digging deep and developing leadership competences for each aspiring leader.

UP your FIRE through Academy’s programmes to aid and assist your self-learning or for organisations to tap into for learning & development

Level 5 Award in F.I.R.E Leadership – Starter (16 ECTS)


Learners participating in this programme will be able to grasp and take ownership of the basic leadership skill sets required to become a FIRE practitioner.

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The programme consists of 4 modules covering a range of challenging topics:

Personal Flow

  • The Self -Motivated Mind
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Flow

Team Impact

  • Conversational Intelligence
  • Team Dynamics
  • Creating Shared Value

Leadership Roles & Responsibilities

  • Resilience
  • The Art of Delegation
  • Transformational Leadership

Strategy & Excellence

  • Strategic Thinking and the Art of the Long View
  • Innovation & Change
  • Organisational Excellence

The programme will allow each learner the ability to be more self-aware and motivated both in times when the going gets tough, and when things are going swimmingly. It is frequent to see leaders lose motivation when either the challenge is too tough or too limited.

Learners will also be able to heighten their people management skills through enhanced emotional intelligence, allowing them to lead with empathy and garner great following within their teams.

You will learn to own up to the various roles they occupy during the course of their lifetime, both professionally and personally. This will allow each learner to avoid the ‘balancing act’ many leaders frequently succumb to. Finding alignment on the basis of achieving a fulfilled life is the key skill learnt here.

Finally, learners will find joy and meaning in continuously challenging and sharpening their skill sets. They will learn how to embrace criticism as feedforward to improve their arsenal of skills and better deal with what their business throws at them.


Level 5 Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Development

(32 ECTS)


The aim of this Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Development is to give learners a deeper understanding of key principles and approaches to leadership development.

The programme consist of 8 modules

  • Leadership vs Management
  • The Self-Aware Leader
  • Inspirational Motivation
  • The Leadership Toolbox
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Performance Methods
  • Transforming Individuals & Teams
  • Creating Long Term Success

Learners participating in this programme will build a better understanding of the following concepts:

  1. Understand the meaning of leadership and different leadership styles
  2. Identify the key characteristics of a leader and structure leadership process for given contexts
  3. Understand own leadership strengths and weaknesses and apply tools to analyse strengths and weaknesses
  4. Assess personality characteristics through structured assessments and acquire emotional intelligence competencies
  5. Analyse own competencies to develop personal targets and plan and deploy techniques to increase motivation levels
  6. Develop confidence in self and others and communicate effectively within a team
  7. Formulate vision and mission statements

UP's accredited courses provide the opportunity to up your game and take it professionally to the next level

Satisfied clients

I felt that my business had grown rapidly but was starting to create problems with my work-life balance. I felt that I needed to work harder and harder to keep up, despite spending more and more money on managers to grow the business. It seemed like I was constantly having to make decisions for them and it got to a point that I was actually considering refusing new growth because I didn’t think we could handle it. Whilst I was concerned that I didn’t have enough time in the day to get help and advice, I realised I needed a more objective viewpoint to help me get out of this situation. It was affecting my whole life.

I called in a business coach who worked on three key areas: Purpose, Personal Wellbeing and Leadership. These three diverse but complimentary areas of growth helped me focus on the things that were really important, find time to take care of myself and help me clear the fog that clouded my mind, and develop my leadership skills to empower my management team to share the load. Surprisingly it wasn’t a long drawn-out process as the guys at Ultimate Performance focused on me directly, with a secondary interest in the business. They knew that I was the best person to solve business problems but I needed to sort myself out first. I now feel that I can take on new opportunities without worrying that I’ll lose out on enjoying life.

Super inspired by Julian Azzopardi‘s talk yesterday about leading with purpose. He gave some very interesting insights on the roots of human behavior and actions and how they link with the golden circle, explaining how to use those principles to lead a team to success.


Thanks for a much needed and certainly a very insightful 1.5 days. I really enjoyed trying to live those moments in the Now, blanking my ever curious mind from the onslaught of thoughts that are so pervasive in every waking minute of our lives. I felt that the time we spent together gave me a curiosity to learn more about this state of flow and how to harness it in my everyday life and work. Keep up the great work and there will definitely be a part 2 to this.

ANDREW MANGIONEC English Malta Executive Chairman

If you go to Malta, look up Julian Azzopardi at UP Insights. As the CEO, he is a wonderful blend of strategic thinking and creativity, combined with an attention to detail, a focus on providing the highest level of professional development and a drive to support the growth and success of organisations and their key leaders. He’s making waves, of the best kind!

HENRY ROSE LEEInter-Generational Expert & Keynote Speaker

Julian is an expert with integrity. Working along side Julian to improve the performance of the company I work for was a massive learning experience and inspirational. Julian’s ability to listen to our ideas and come up with pragmatic solutions is impressive. No matter what question I ask, he will always answer. Julian has developed his skills through years of study, experiences, voluntary work and overcoming obstacles. I strongly recommend Julian Azzopardi if you wish to achieve more out of life.

DAVID SANTSS Lifts Technical Manager

We had a very interesting session with Julian Azzopardi on how to be our better versions, how to adapt and embrace change, introducing us to the FIRE approach! Thanks for putting so much enthusiasm and passion into it!


Investing in people is a priority for us at ICON. More than ever, we’re seeing true, tangible value by broadening team members’ horizons at every level. Interns gaining new skills via shadowing experiences, ITIL training for all developers and customer-facing team members, and company-wide motivational speeches like the inspirational Nathan Farrugia and his FIRE method, the boost in morale and motivation makes us all stronger. It’s all well and good to push your team to reach their targets, but you can’t expect a team to deliver true value if you’re not investing in them.

IAN CASTILLOIcon Malta Managing Director

I wanted to thank you for the help and guidance you gave my team and I during 2018. We truly managed to reach what we thought was unreachable from a change management perspective. We also had a record turnover, with a 20% increase over the prior year and the OKRs worked wonders in helping us achieve that!


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