The Emphasys Centre, was established in 1998, and operates as an Education, ICT Training Centre and Research Centre approved by the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth. It is staffed with a strong team of professionals which includes experts in ICT, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Law, Economics, Business, Human Rights, Languages, Communication, Architecture and Graphic Design. Emphasys offers its services to a diverse portfolio of public and private organizations, as well as professionals and individuals from all ages and backgrounds.
It’s organized in 4 inter-related departments. The Education Department which offers validated and accredited IT courses, such as the GCE A’ Level Computer Science for students entering HEIs or the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) for professionals, while providing Career Counseling Services.
The ICT Training Department includes two fully equipped units: the STEAM Unit and the EU Training Unit. The EU Unit focuses on the provision of a wide selection of Erasmus+ KA1 Learning Mobility Courses for EU professionals and citizens. The STEAM Unit is fully equipped with high tech tools in order to offer project-driven related courses to young people combining Robotics, 3D Design and Printing using the Craftbot+ 3D Printer, and Coding through Video Game design using state of the art Virtual Reality Headsets such as the Oculus Rift S guided with ‘Lego Education Trainer’ instructors. Most of the courses follow the 4C approach of Lego Education “Connect – Construct – Contemplate – Continue” where learners are presented with a challenge that is open-ended which places them in the position of solution-seekers.
The Research Department works with several organizations on EU projects under a number of funds (e.g. Erasmus, AMIF, AAL) in the field of education and training while also providing managerial support for EU projects to schools and NGOs. Over the years it has built a strong local and international network, utilized in the promotion of EU projects and initiatives.
The Software Development Department is involved in the design, development, pilot-testing and evaluation of various e-learning tools, platforms, websites, applications and assessment portals etc. based on the needs of the various project being implemented by the organization.
Emphasys is a member of the European Digital Learning Network (DLEARN) together with 25 other organizations from Europe aiming to promote the digital agenda of Europe and part of the consulting group for the Digital Agenda of Cyprus.