can thus conclude that VET Research and HRD have been given top priority
by the Government. The MCST which is coordinating and monitoring the efforts
of Maltese entities in these areas , rather than activitely participating
itself (as it did in the past) has registered a vast improvement in this
field. Its main publication, a newsletter ‘Ricerka’ (Research in the Maltese
Language) is itself supported by the BOOST MT Project. Issue 3 dated December04/January
05 presents a very important report about the performance of Malta in European
Research and states that the FP6 has been running in Malta for over 2 years.
It states that 238 proposals with the involvement of at least one Maltese
participant have been submitted covering all areas of the Framework Programme,
have been submitted between December 2002 and December 2004. Of these,
50 proposals have been funded by the European Commission and resulted in
more than 4 million Euros being granted to Maltese Organisations.
obtained by MCST shows that Malta ranks 3rd in proposals submitted when
population is taken into account. Moreover, Malta ranks 1st in funded projects
per capita. Successful Maltese partners in the funded projects constitute
a broad spectrum of key players in the area of science, research and technology.;
these include partners from academia and other research institutes providing
higher education, SME’s, NGO’s, public bodies and private non-profit organisations.
MCST is itself participating in 12 projects, acting as co-ordinator in
one of them. The University of Malta is participating in 14 projects whilst
there are 6 different SME’s, 5 government bodies, 3 NGO’s and 2 institutes
involved in the projects.
most important research themes are in the areas of economy , labour market
and education with more priority being given to vocational education aimed
at job creation. The Lisbon targets and their achievement is a top priority
matter in the development of our economy, and any research being undertaken
has these targets as guiding features.
MCST states that the FP EU Framework Programme is the only source of research
funds available to local entities making it a means of achieving competitiveness
and helping Malta towards becoming a knowledge based economy. It is therefore
crucial that the MCST continues to support these organisations’ participation
in FP6 whilst preparing for the future challenges that the upcoming Seventh
Framework Programme will bring at the end of 2006.