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SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education is a pioneering organisation which initiates and implements projects of social impact, with a focus on social inclusion. SYNTHESIS is the leading organisation in the country in the fields of social entrepreneurship and social innovation, with particular focus on how young people can gain entrepreneurial skills for responding to current and future workplace challenges. SYNTHESIS has founded and is managing HUB NICOSIA, an educational centre and a community of organisations with cultural, environmental and social aims for social cohesion and innovation. SYNTHESIS is an intermediate organisation of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme and runs the “Social Café,” a unique initiative aiming at the empowerment of young people with fewer opportunities.
SYNTHESIS focuses on the development of training programmes that enhance the skills and competences of individuals with fewer opportunities, such as NEET youth, young people with migrant/ refugee background, young women, youth, and young adults with learning or emotional difficulties, people with disabilities, and other at the risk of social exclusion. Furthermore, SYNTHESIS offers training and develops educational materials to build the capacity of youth workers in such fields as entrepreneurship, employment, sustainable development, global education, prevention of radicalization and violence, digital transformation and art enhanced non-formal education tools. As an intermediate organisation of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs,” SYNTHESIS offers training and mentoring opportunities to new and aspiring entrepreneurs across Europe.
SYNTHESIS holds recognised experience in Research, Policy and Evaluation, as it has been providing services to the European Commission, governmental, non-governmental and private institutions. Its research interests are primarily the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, design thinking, inclusive education, and technology-enhanced learning. In 2017, the European Commission entrusted SYNTHESIS to develop the Policy recommendations for the development of an ecosystem of social enterprises in Cyprus on behalf of the Government of Cyprus; while in the following year, it produced the study “A Map of Social Enterprises and their Ecosystem in Europe: Cyprus country report” which was published by the European Commission.
SYNTHESIS has nearly 20 years of experience in European cooperation. It has been working with European partners in developing and implementing projects of upskilling and empowerment of youth and youth workers:
Mobilising Against Extremism through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young People
StoryMakers: Many Voices Many Lives
Empowering Youth to Unite and Stand Up against Hate and Violence (YOUTH2UNITE)
Concordia – Harnessing the power of digital media tools to prevent the radicalisation of vulnerable youth.
SYNTHESIS’ partners include schools, teacher training institutions, educational and local authorities, universities, NGOs, migrant associations, chambers of commerce and European networks. Its staff and associates have advanced degrees and long experience in education, school psychology, social and political sciences, law, entrepreneurship, and business development as well as long experience in projects that tackle various social issues and provide new ideas towards sustainable solutions.
SYNTHESIS aspires to take part in actions that improve individual lives, enhance social inclusion, and contribute to a green and sustainable future, for the people and the planet.