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.
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
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
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.
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.