Norwegian ministry of education and research

Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research (Norwegian: Kunnskapsdepartementet, lit. Ministry of Knowledge) is a Norwegian government ministry responsible for education, research and kindergartens. The ministry was established in 1814, and is since 16 October 2013 led by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Conservative Party).

The department reports to the legislature (Stortinget). Traditionally this ministry was also responsible for church affairs, but this function was transferred to the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs in 2002.

Organisations

Political staff[1]

Departments

  • Department of Early Childhood Education and Care[2]
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Higher Education
  • Department of Research
  • Department of Policy Analysis, Lifelong Learning and International Affairs
  • Department of Governance and Finance
  • Department of Administration and Development
  • The Communication Unit

Subsidiaries

The following government agencies are subordinate the ministry:[3]

  • Official site) In charge of research funding and research policy.
  • Official site) Responsible for the development of primary and secondary education. Approves the primary and secondary school curriculum.
  • Centre for ICT in education
  • Foreldreutvalget for grunnskolen (Official site) Cooperation between parents and school authorities.
  • Norway Opening Universities, or Norgesuniversitetet (Official site) Think tank for lifelong learning and e-learning in higher education and provides funding to distance learning initiantives.
  • Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, or Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen (Official site) Quality assurance for colleges and secondary vocational training, as well as approving degrees from foreign countries.
  • Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education, or Senter for internasjonalisering av høyere utdanning (Official site) Promotes international cooperation in higher education and research.
  • Norwegian Institute for Adult Learning, or VOX-læring for arbeidslivet (Official site) Promotes adult learning within reading, writing, arithmetic and ICT.
  • Official site) Foreign policy research.
  • Official site) Performs weather observations and forecasts.
  • Official site) Research.
  • Official site) Grands loans and scholarships to students.
  • Official site) Coordinates admission to most undergraduate courses at state universities and colleges.
  • Statens fagskole for gartnere og blomsterdekoratører (Official site) Educates gardeners and flower decorators at secondary school level.

Universities

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Specialised Colleges

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  • Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, or Norges handelshøgskole (Official site)
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Regional University Colleges

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  • Bodø University College, or Høgskolen i Bodø (Official site)
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  • Ålesund University College, or Høgskolen i (Official site)

Limited companies

  • Norwegian Social Science Data Services, or Norsk samfunnsvitenskapelig datatjeneste (Official site) Information and data services for higher education and research.
  • Official site) Research on Svalbard.
  • Official site) Operates the university/college/research internet communication network and the norid domain register.
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References

External links

  • Official web site
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