are no professional research associations in the field of VET and HRD in
Slovakia at present. However, networks aimed at VET and HRD, in which research
and development might be addressed, are established, e.g. the Association
of Adult Education Institutions (www.aivd.sk)
and the Slovak Association for Human Resources Management and Development
(www.zrrlz.sk, member of the European
Association for Personnel Management and the World Federation of Personnel
professional bodies, such as the Slovak Pedagogical Society (www.ucm.sk/FF/slovensky/SPS),
the Slovak Psychological Society (www.psychologia.sav.sk/sps)
and the Slovak Sociological Association are in function. They support research
in VET/HRD within respective fields.
initiatives and networking was supported by the Centre of the Development
of Science and Technology (SARC, www.sarc.sk)
established by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic in 1992.
In February 2006 SARC was incorporated into the organisational structure
of the Research and Development Agency (www.apvv.sk)
as the International Cooperation Department. The Research and Development
Agency now also provides support for the participation of research subjects
in European R&D projects. It serves as contact point e.g. for the Framework
Programmes, COST and EUREKA; it also coordinates SIKAS+, a Slovak Information
and Consultation Academic Network.