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The Αρχή Ανάπτυξης Ανθρώπινου Δυναμικού Κύπρου – ΑνΑΔ (Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus – HRDA) is the major actor in research in the field of VET/HRD in Cyprus. ΑνΑΔ (HRDA) conducts research studies and surveys, which examine particular human resource development issues at the level of the economy, the level of economic sectors and occupational categories as well as other specialised issues. All the studies of ΑνΑΔ (HRDA) provide a useful and necessary guide for the formulation of the human resource training and development strategy and for planning its activities. Furthermore, these studies are widely circulated and are used by public and private organisations involved in VET/HRD issues. During 2005, the studies of the ΑνΑΔ (HRDA) were a basic input to the National Lisbon Programme of Cyprus and are being used for the preparation of the National Development Plan 2007-2013. The studies conducted in 2005 focused on the following areas: employment forecasts; mobility of human resources; participation in training; ex-post evaluation of activities.

The Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού – ΥΠΠ (Ministry of Education and Culture – MoEC) is involved in VET/HRD research by assigning studies to the private sector and through the Παιδαγωγικό Ινστιτούτο – ΠΙ (Pedagogical Institute – PI), which conducts studies mainly on the evaluation of programmes and teachers alike. Progress has been made on the restructuring and modernisation of the education system in Cyprus based on the report prepared by the Education Reform Committee at the behest of the ΥΠΠ (MoEC). The President of the Republic of Cyprus officially launched the process of a wide dialogue centred on eight priorities covering in a comprehensive way the whole of the education system of Cyprus, including VET related issues. The priorities that were promoted in 2005 are: daylong primary education; integration of ICT in education; unification of secondary education graduation and university entrance examinations; assessment of teachers. Pertinent to the last point is a report, which was prepared and submitted to the ΥΠΠ (MoEC) by a private consortium.

The Υπουργείο Εργασίας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων – ΥΕΚΑ (Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance – MLSI) is also involved in VET/HRD research mainly through the Κέντρο Παραγωγικότητας Κύπρου – ΚΕΠΑ (Cyprus Productivity Centre). Work is in progress on two studies, which have been assigned by the ΚΕΠΑ (CPC) to external experts on two important themes: flexible forms of employment; impact of education/training and technology on the productivity. These studies will be used towards advancing flexible forms of employment and improving the productivity of Cypriot enterprises, priorities identified in the National Lisbon Programme of Cyprus.

The Ίδρυμα Προώθησης Έρευνας (Research Promotion Foundation) promotes the development of research infrastructure and knowledge in Cyprus. During 2005 the approved VET/HRD related projects investigate the following themes: lifelong education and development of educators; development of models for the management of SMEs in the tourism sector. These projects contribute towards the development of national policies and practices in their respective fields.

The Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου – ΠΚ (University of Cyprus – UCY) conducts research on various issues, including VET/HRD related research, which mainly falls under the category of applied research projects for Cyprus. The current projects focus on the following themes: economic effects of foreign workers; gender mainstreaming in media; training and development of teachers.

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Government of Cyprus have launched in 2005 an international research, education and technology initiative for the environment and public health to address key environmental issues in Cyprus and the Mediterranean region. This initiative is expected to enhance the skills and overall capacity of researchers in Cyprus.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Cyprus (details see Bibliography)
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