before accession in May 2004, Malta’s research efforts have been aligned
to European programmes especially in the direction of the Lisbon Targets.
three main pillars of the present government’s economic policy are Education,
Employment and the Environment, two of which fall under the responsibility
of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment. The MCST was also within
the portfolio of this Ministry but very recently it has been transferred
to the portfolio of the Office of the Prime Minister. The remit of the
MCST has also been modified towards the formulation and monitoring of policy
and of the facilitation of research by third parties. Even so MCST will
continue with its participation in the programmes of action already started.
efforts are now fully aligned to EU programmes of action.
carried out by MCST is mainly in line with future initiatives in economic
development and employment, but other research is carried out extensively
mainly by all faculties and institutes within the University of Malta.
Among others these include the Faculty of Education itself , the Euro-Mediterranean
Centre for Educational Research, and The European Documentation and Research
Centre. The National Statistics Office also undertakes research in all
vital areas of Maltese Life.