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.


Political staff[1]


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


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


Specialised Colleges

Regional University Colleges

Limited companies


  1. ^ Ministry of Education and Research - Political staff
  2. ^ Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. "Organisation". Retrieved June 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. "Underliggende etater" (in Norwegian). Retrieved June 27, 2007. 

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