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.
- Department of Administration and Development
- Department of Early Childhood Education and Care
- 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:
- Research Council of Norway Norges forskningsråd (Official site) In charge of research funding and research policy.
- Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, or Utdanningsdirektoratetet (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.
- Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, or Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt (Official site) Foreign policy research.
- Norwegian Meteorological Institute, or Meteorologisk institutt (Official site) Performs weather observations and forecasts.
- Norwegian Social Research, or Norsk institutt for forskning om oppvekst, velferd og aldring (Official site) Research.
- Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, or Statens lånekasse for utdanning (Official site) Grands loans and scholarships to students.
- Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service, or Samordna opptak (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.
Regional University Colleges
- Bergen National Academy of the Arts, or Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen (Official site)
- Harstad University College, or Høgskolen i Harstad (Official site)
- Hedmark University College, or Høgskolen i Hedmark (Official site)
- Lillehammer University College, or Høgskolen i Lillehammer (Official site)
- Molde University College, or Høgskolen i Molde (Official site)
- Oslo National Academy of the Arts, or Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Official site)
- Oslo and Akershus University College, or Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus (Official site)
- Sámi University College, or Samisk høgskole (Official site)
- University College of Southeast Norway, or Høgskolen i Sørøst Norge (Official site)
- Volda University College, or Høgskolen i Volda (Official site)
- Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, or Høgskolen i Vestlandet (Official site)
- Østfold University College, or Høgskolen i Østfold (Official site)