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Research on VET/HRD in Cyprus concentrates on issues that are relevant for the current policy themes and ongoing debates.Thus research is very relevant and has a considerable impact on the contents of discussions and agendas, the formulation of policies and the instigation of reforms.

Research activities are mainly centred around the following themes: employment forecasts in economic sectors and occupations; analysis of human resources issues in the labour market, including foreign labour; flexible forms of employment; evaluation of the impact of programmes and activities; analyses and evaluation of teachers and students; development of training tools with an emphasis on information technology tools for specific sectors, occupations and groups of people.

The major actor in VET/HRD research is the Human Resource Development Authority, which conducts numerous relevant research projects.Other actors in research are the Ministry of Education and Culture, directly or through the Pedagogical Institute, the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, mainly through the Cyprus Productivity Centre, the University of Cyprus, and private tertiary education institutions.

The Human Resource Development Authority funds its own research projects. The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance fund their research activities.Funding for VET/HRD research is provided by the Research Promotion Foundation from national and European Union funds as well as through the participation in European Union programmes. Some funding is also provided from private companies or organisations.

The direct linking between research activities and the development of policies is expected to continue into the future.It is expected that more emphasis will be placed on issues that are becoming more relevant since Cyprus joined the European Union, such as the evaluation of programmes, activities and initiatives, the needs of particular groups in society and the labour market and finally on research projects to support European Union policies in the fields of education and training.

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