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One 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. 

Data 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.

The 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.

The 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. 

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