Malta offers a neutral learning environment where even politically sensitive topics can be discussed in a constructive manner. Its location in the Mediterranean is well accessible for participants from across Africa, the Middle East and other regions. The IIJ is currently located at the Valletta Campus if the University of Malta, Malta’s national university. Construction on the Valletta Campus, popularly known as the Old University Building, was begun 1595 by Grand Master Martino Garzes, and later its exterior was redesigned in a Baroque style in 1647. The IIJ holds the majority of its programs in the Old University Building, which can readily host programs in conference meeting rooms with as many as 60 participants as well as smaller break out rooms for intimate programs or breakout activities. The Government of Malta has offered a historic building to be used by the IIJ as its permanent home. The IIJ will be housed in the Armoury, located in the city of Birgu, across the Grand Harbour from Valletta. The Armoury was built in the mid-sixteenth century, and was used by the Knights of Malta for the storage of ordnance, and also served as a temporary hospital during the Great Siege of 1565. The IIJ will move to the Birgu Armoury after the completion of extensive renovations.