Participation in European Projects
Graduate Tracking of Cyprus Higher EducationThe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth in collaboration with the University of Cyprus and the Technological University of Cyprus, initiated the pilot project, “Graduate Tracking of Cyprus Higher Education”, in comply with the recommendations of the European Council towards the implementation of a European Graduate Tracking Platform. The project that is scheduled to run for two academic years, is coordinated by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry and mainly aims to the collection of data on graduates and their labor market outcomes and therefore provide crucial insights on the extent to which graduates’ skills and knowledge match the needs of the economy, on graduates’ under-employment and on graduates’ mobility across the EU. During the preparation phase, a scientific sub-committee was responsible to develop the scientific tool needed to collect data from the graduates of the two Public Universities, whereas a technical sub-committee was assigned the design of an online platform to be used for the collection of data and the statistical analysis of the participants’ contribution. The pilot project that was initiated in September 2020, addressed to first degree (Bachelor) graduates who concluded their studies between 2014-2019, so as to collect information on graduates, with regard to their:
- recruitment and employment situation,
- perception about their skills and jobs,
- their career programs,
- international mobility.
Staff Mobility ProjectThe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth following the partnership agreement with the Flemish Community signed on the 20th of September 2019 participates as a partner at the “Staff Mobility” project, situated within the framework of the Bologna Peer Support Group on Quality Assurance (QA).
The Staff Mobility project facilitates peer support for professional development by offering a work placement in another country to staff members working in the field of QA in Higher Education within national authorities, QA agencies and/or stakeholder organisations.
The duration of the mobility that is funded under the Staff Mobility Project is a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 14 days, corresponding to the details provided in the application form. As part of the acceptance of mobility funding and as a condition of reimbursement, the mobile staff member agrees to present a detailed report on the mobility, to be submitted to the Matchmaking Committee.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on March 2020, numerous governments and organizations have placed travel bans on non-essential trips for outgoing and incoming staff. This had an impact on the Staff Mobility Project which led to the postponement of the program till further notice from the coordinators.
MICROBOL – Micro-credentials linked to the Bologna Key CommitmentsMICROBOL is a biennial project (2020-2022) co-financed by the Erasmus + KA3 Support to Policy Reform program, which aims to support the implementation of reforms in the European Higher Education Area.
The project is linked to the objectives of the new Erasmus + program and the European Higher Education Area to increase access to Higher Education as well as continuous learning for all, regardless of age or experience.
Eligible to participate in this project are both Higher Education students and anyone who wants to improve his/her knowledge, skills and abilities.
To bridge the gap between formal education leading to traditional qualifications, e.g degrees, and non-formal education, but also the rapidly changing needed for acquiring and developing knowledge for the labour market, there is a need to create new flexible ways of learning and teaching, such as short learning programs and micro-credentials. These can be offered through formal or non-formal education with online or face-to-face lessons.
The Department of Higher Education participates as a full member and partner in the project. More information can be found on the project’s website MICROPOL: https://microcredentials.eu/