Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute - Future Worlds Center (CNTI) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan independent organization active in programs with future orientation in areas related to human brain - modern technology - social transformation and the repercussions of relevant research for humanity. CNTI's scope of projects involves the application of technology towards social transformation as well as bridging literacy, economic, and digital divides. It is a supporter of IT education (e.g., Internet, Second Life, Skype, and mobile phones), scientific research, and peace in the three continents around Cyprus. Moreover, CNTI aims at the sensitization, enlightenment, and development of an active civil society in Cyprus. CNTI has extensive experience in coordinating, conducting, and supervising projects, trainings, conferences, and workshops beyond national boundaries with the use of modern technology for education. Its competencies are development of new educational models based on cognitive science and computing, world-wide operations focused on international development, and enhancement of inter-ethnic and international peace.
CNTI was established in 1991 and has over 30 people working in its different projects. CNTI currently has 17 full time staff, 2 full-time volunteers, and many part-time volunteers. Through its young and dynamic structure, the organization ensures its links to the political, social, and business, environment in Cyprus, Europe, and internationally.
CNTI's projects are roughly clustered within three different units: the New Media Lab, the Global Education Unit, and the Humanitarian Affairs Unit.
In the New Media Lab, all projects operate at the interface between science and society. This unit concentrates on the role of new media and technology in bridging the educational, economic, political and other gaps in society by facilitating learning. Our staff represents Cyprus in numerous pan-European networks such as COST219, 298, 276, 2102, EUKIDSONLINE, Insafe, Inhope etc. It implements many projects in multimedia education, mobile learning, safer internet etc. For example, the unit supports the Safer Internet Awareness Center with a Hotline and Helpline. Moreover, the unit coordinated the European project MobLang that developed six mobile language courses to learn the basics of minority and lesser used languages.
The Humanitarian Affairs Unit aims to promote peace, social progress, human rights, and fundamental freedoms for all people. In line with this aim, the unit focuses on refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus. The unit is currently implementing the following long-term projects: Strengthening Asylum for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cyprus; Promotion and dissemination of good practice in addressing specific needs of vulnerable groups (Victims of Torture); Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture.
Role in the project
CNTI will be responsible for:
- Identifying 30 migrant workers in Cyprus from Bulgaria;
- Setting-up information and language learning centre in Cyprus where migrants will be able to access the DLA, all available courseware and other content;
- Involving end users, i.e. migrants, in the project from its beginning;
- Providing input and advice for the approach and content regarding the learning process;
- Promoting the DLA and its accompanying material to target groups, i.e. migrants from Bulgaria;
- Disseminating the DLA and all other informative material