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Cyprus participates in the European Union programmes, which promote the European dimension in education and training. The most important of these are the following:

Leonardo da Vinci: During 2005, 2 projects have been approved with a total contribution of €719.000. The priorities established for the calls of proposals for 2005 and 2006 are: promoting transparency of qualifications; developing the quality of VET systems and practices; developing relevant and innovative eLearning contexts continuous training of teachers and trainers. As these projects have been approved to conform to the established priorities, they are expected to have an impact on national VET/HRD policies and reforms.

Socrates: All of the “Socrates actions” Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig, Lingua and Minerva are popular among learners of all ages and levels who are participating in the various projects and exchange visits. A Grundtvig project relevant to VET/HRD, coordinated by a private college, concerns the development of rural areas through the enhancement of existing knowledge. The Eurydice network has prepared a number of studies, such as descriptions and analyses of the education system. The Eurydice reports have helped in the analysis of the existing situation of the education system in Cyprus and contributed to the preparation of the study for the education reform.

The Ίδρυμα Προώθησης Έρευνας (Research Promotion Foundation) has the responsibility for the promotion of the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission. The approved VET/HRD related projects are expected to have an impact on national VET/HRD policies and reforms.

The Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου – ΠΚ (University of Cyprus – UCY) conducts research on various issues, including VET/HRD related research, which are funded by external sources, primarily the European Union and the Ίδρυμα Προώθησης Έρευνας (Research Promotion Foundation). In February 2005, the ΠΚ (UCY) inaugurated its European Collaboration Office in Brussels, while at the same time it continued to strengthen the Local Support Office for Research and Projects. The ΠΚ (UCY) applied research projects aim to produce research results that directly impact on the Cyprus society and labour market.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Cyprus (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO