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  Professor Ronald G. Sultana's current research interests include:

  1. researchCareer Guidance:  Sultana has participated as a consulting expert in several international reviews of career guidance, including those led by the OECD and the International Labour Office, and has authored or co-authored the survey reports for the European Training Foundation, CEDEFOP, and the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture,  and  DG Employment, Social  Affairs and Equal Opportunities, with the Handbook for Guidance Policy-Makers becoming a best-selling joint OECD/European Commission publication. His work, which looks at guidance in 46 countries, has been translated into several languages, and in 2006 he was appointed Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education & Counselling (NICEC). He was a member of the European Commission’s Lifelong Guidance Expert Group, and served on the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, and the Journal of Education and Work. He is involved in the training of guidance staff in several countries, and chairs the Post-Graduate Diploma course in Lifelong Career Guidance and Development at the University of Malta. Sultana's publications on career guidance can be accessed here.

  2. Teacher Education: Sultana has been involved in teacher training for the past 30 years. He studied education at the Universities of Malta, Reading (UK), Waikato (New Zealand) and Stanford (USA), where he was a Fulbright Fellow. He was Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta, where he led a reform in teacher education. He designed teacher education courses for staff training students for the tourism industry, and acted as consultant to the training of teachers in Malta’s leading VET college, MCAST. He has, in addition, been consultant to several organisations involved in the VET training-of-trainers’ field. He assisted CEDEFOP, the EU’s agency for VET research and  policy-development, in expanding and co-ordinating TTnet—a Training of Trainers’ network that manages many European projects addressing such areas as Training Needs Analysis, Accreditation of Prior Learning, Open and Distance Learning, and Quality Assurance. He also supported GTZ in setting up a ToT network in the Arab States, providing training in research methodology, and supervising the research process linked to the project. Between 2005 and 2007 he was the network co-ordinator for a European Commission funded project managed by the European Training Foundation that also focused on the training of trainers in the MEDA region. Sultana's publications on teacher education can be accessed here

  3. Educational innovation: Sultana has carried out several case studies of educational innovation in the Mediterranean region. He has so far authored 7 monographs documenting innovations in Albania (the Hidden Drop-out Project); in Egypt (the Girls' Education Initiative); in Jordan (the Early Childhood Education Project); in Palestine (the Educational Management Information System; the Distance Education Project during the Intifadah); in Syria (the Global Education Project); and in Tunisia (the Competence Approach). All these projects were supported by UNICEF, and serve to provide testimonies of good practice in the region. Sultana's publications on educational innovation can be accessed here

  4. Vocational Education and Training (VET): Sultana has long been involved in the VET field, first in Malta, where he was part of the national VET trade school reform, and also a member of the task force setting up the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). He has carried out research on the VET system in Malta, and has contributed to several VET-related projects in the EU and the Euro-Med region. Most recently he wrote a comparative study of VET policy implementation in Albania, Kosovo and Turkey, and monitored the evaluation of VET and HRD policy development in Palestine. Sultana's publications on Vocational Education and Training can be accessed here.

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