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adult education in cyprus grundtvig 3 conference quality of training activities

Adult Education in CyprusGrundtvig 3 Conference: Quality of training activities

Elpida Keravnou-Papailiou

Vice-Rector Academic Affairs, University of Cyprus

17 November 2005

strategic goal of europe
Strategic Goal of Europe

The European Union to become, by 2010, the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based society in the world

(Lisbon, March 2000)

principal aim achieve social cohesion
Principal AimAchieve Social Cohesion
  • Remove social inequalities and other obstacles
  • Provide equal opportunities to all citizens in education
  • Create a more democratic society
the two pillars of the knowledge based society
The Two Pillars of the Knowledge-Based Society
  • European Higher Education Area
  • European Research Area
flexible learning paths
Flexible Learning Paths
  • Credits for transfer and accumulation
  • Learning outcomes/competencies
    • Knowledge and skills
    • Generic and domain-related
  • Formal and informal types of learning
  • Self-directed learning – learn how to learn
  • Life Long Learning
european qualifications framework approved in bergen in may 2005
European Qualifications Framework(approved in Bergen in May 2005)

Overarching framework for the development of

National Qualifications Frameworks

(progress expected to be shown by 2007)


Provide a “formal” framework for LLL

Personal and Professional Development on a continuous basis


Definition of LLL

«any learning activity that can be undertaken throughout one’s lifetime with the purpose of improving one’s knowledge, skills and competencies, for personal, social or professional development»

significance of lll
Significance of LLL
  • Intrinsically coupled with Lisbon Goal
  • In any discipline knowledge is not a static but a dynamic entity – continuously grows and changes (this is the purpose of research)
  • Societal/technological developments call for the acquisition of new basic skills, e.g. computer-based skills
necessity for professional life learning
Necessity for Professional-Life Learning
  • For the Regulated/Protected Professions
    • Education
    • Health
    • Safety of machinery and constructions
participation in lll what is the target for europe by 2010
Participation in LLL:What is the target for Europe by 2010
  • Currently the adult participation in continuous education in Europe is 7.9%
  • The aim is to raise it to 12.5%
  • In Cyprus the adult participation is 3.7% - 3.8% of women and 3.6% of men
adult education learning provision
Adult Education/Learning Provision
  • University of Cyprus
  • Open University of Cyprus
  • Private Schools of Tertiary Education
  • State Institutes of Further Education (KIE)
  • Adult Education Centres of the Ministry of Education & Culture
  • Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus
  • Evening programmes of Gymnasia/Technical Schools
  • Apprenticeship Training Scheme
  • Continuing Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutes
  • The Human Resource Development Authority
  • Cyprus Productivity Centre
  • Public Administration and Personnel Service
  • Cyprus Academy of Public Administration
examples of adult education programmes in cyprus
Examples of Adult Education Programmes in Cyprus
  • Education/training in languages, new technologies and other areas
  • Completion of secondary level education
  • Training or professional-interest courses of short or long duration
  • Formal university programmes at undergraduate or graduate levels
  • Personal interest programmes
training programmes attendance
Training Programmes Attendance
  • Managerial and other qualified staff 9.5-9.9%
  • Technical staff 3.6-5.2%
  • Secretarial saff 2.2-2.8%
  • Technicians and machine operators under 0.5%

(data from the Statistics Service, 2000)

university of cyprus
University of Cyprus
  • School of Modern Greek Language - 1998
  • Languages Centre – 2004
    • Training of language educators in new technologies
  • Open lecture series in all provinces, London and Marioupole
  • Scholarship scheme for administrative staff
  • Centre for Continuing Scientific Education, Evaluation and Development (KEPEAA)
  • Functions since 2002
  • In the period 2002-2005, 837 adults attended various continuing education programmes
    • Foreign languages (English – French – Turkish)
      • Army Corporals
    • Strategy and Management
      • Army Corporals
    • Development of New Parents
    • Economics and Business Administration
      • Union of Bank Officers
      • Pancyprian Cooperative Banks
    • Modern History / Classical Greek
      • Secondary level educators
    • Fundamental People Skills
      • World Youth Organization
open university of cyprus
Open University of Cyprus
  • Established by law in 2002
  • Interim Governing Board appointed in 2003
  • Presently (2005) the Open University is recruiting its first staff
  • Principal aims:
    • LLL opportunities to all people
    • Distance learning opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels
    • Opportunities for further education and for supplementing the qualifications of people in the workforce
open university of cyprus1
Open University of Cyprus

The aims of the Open University are geared towards the enhancement of people professional mobility and professional survival in an age of competition

state institutes of further education
State Institutes of Further Education
  • Support LLL by offering language courses and computer skills training to adults
  • The whole scheme is subsidized, so fees are relatively low. Tuition is free for certain, underprivileged, groups of people:
    • Unemployed degree holders
    • Blind telephone operators
    • Soldiers whose families have limited income
    • Political refugees
adult education centres
Adult Education Centres
  • Have been operating since 1960 - there are Centres in both the city and rural areas
  • Education and training courses, on a variety of subjects, can be attended by any individual aged 15 or above
  • The aim of the Centres is to promote basic skills for adults – early school leavers, older workers, people with low or no qualifications, unemployed, women, etc
  • Tuition fees are low and are waved for individuals aged 65 or above
  • The Centres can grant Certificates upon evaluation, that could lead to credit points in the future
  • During the school year 1999-2000, 17120 adults attended various courses in 250 Centres with 470 teachers and instructors
pedagogical institute of cyprus
Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus
  • Has been undertaking the pedagogical, pre-service training of secondary level educators
  • Offers continuing education programmes for primary and secondary level educators
  • Particular emphasis given to the systematic training of school leaders
  • Various reforms are currently under discussion
    • Centre for Research and Evaluation in Education
    • University of Cyprus to undertake the pre-service training
    • Open University to participate in the provision of continuing education programmes for educators, by distance
evening programmes of gymnasia technical schools
Evening programmes of Gymnasia/Technical Schools
  • Enable adults to acquire and/or complete their secondary education – the programmes offered have the same legal status as the formal programmes of the day schools
  • The number of people attending the evening programmes has been steadily rising – 468 in 1997-98 and 640 in 2002-2003
apprenticeship training scheme
Apprenticeship Training Scheme
  • Organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Designed for persons aged 15 years and above who have completed the three years of compulsory secondary education and have a vocational outlook
  • Apprentices are employed in industry and receive general education and vocational training, on a day release basis, for a period of two years – scheme combines technical training with practical experience in industry
  • The annual outflow in recent years comes to 250 apprentices
continuing technical and vocational education and training institutes
Continuing Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutes
  • Their development is under discussion
  • Envisaged goals:
    • To offer wider educational choices integrating multifaceted knowledge and the acquisition of life-long skills
    • To organize, develop and provide CTVET
    • To promote formal certification of vocational training
    • To harmonize VE & T with the educational system
    • To implement national and EU programmes of VE & T
  • Intake: Lyceum/TS leavers, successful apprentices from the Apprenticeship Scheme, workers in various fields of economy
the human resource development authority
The Human Resource Development Authority
  • Nation’s agency for human resource development
  • Since the early 80’s has pursued the development of a flexible non-formal training system, able to meet the needs of the economy in basic skills as well as in continuing learning
the human resource development authority1
The Human Resource Development Authority
  • Skill shortages, over the next year or two, are forecasted on an annual basis through a human resources balance research study
  • Studies that identify medium to long-term needs of the labour market are also carried out
  • Skill mismatches between demand and supply addressed through initial training programmes – provide basic skills to
    • new entrants into the labour market
    • unemployed persons for meeting needs in occupations where there are skill/labour shortages
cyprus productivity centre
Cyprus Productivity Centre
  • Established in 1963
  • Aim: to assist private and public organizations to develop their human resources and to improve their productivity
  • Offers a wide range of management development programmes
  • It also offers up-grading and ab-initio vocational training programmes for technicians
public administration and personnel service
Public Administration and Personnel Service
  • Promotes continuous training of civil servants in order to ensure that civil servants have the right skills, competencies and knowledge to perform to their maximum potential
  • Organizes a range of seminars/training programmes for senior staff or other groups of staff in the public service
  • It also organizes initiation/introductory courses for newly appointed staff
cyprus academy of public administration
Cyprus Academy of Public Administration
  • Collaborates with the Public Administration and Personnel Service
  • Provides
    • Professional training
    • Training related to technical issues
    • Management/administration training
    • Training on computer programs
  • Lifelong Learning in Europe
  • A repository of educational thinking, good practices and ideas from all over Europe
  • Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
in a knowledge society
In a Knowledge Society
  • The most important resource is the human resource
  • LLL to become an inborn feature of life
    • National policy on LLL
    • Calls for close synergies between
      • the education system
      • the vocational training system
      • the labour market system