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From 1998 to 2004, important VET/HRD research activities were run by the European Training Foundation through the Estonian National Observatory. Research projects were conducted on several key issues, such as funding of vocational education, compliance of the workforce qualification with the requirements of the labour market, etc. In 2005, no separate research on vocational education was carried out, as the focus was shifted more towards employment and labour market research, which were funded from the state budget. 

As for the research funded by the EU, the project 'Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: the Contribution of the Education System', conducted by the Institute of International and Social Studies at Tallinn University, can be mentioned. The project has not been finished yet. It is focused on the contribution of education systems to the process of making lifelong learning a reality as well as its role as a potential agency of social integration. The project aims to develop and carry out a joint research agenda for a better understanding of the tensions between the knowledge-based society, lifelong learning and social inclusion in the context of enlargement of the EU and globalisation; to provide an empirically based analysis of the adequacy of lifelong learning policies in Europe and their implications for different social groups, especially for socially excluded groups; to develop relevant policy proposals for lifelong learning strategies; to decrease social exclusion on the European and national level and to identify their implications for relevant areas of social and economic policies.

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