The Communication Unit coordinates communication by the Ministry.This includes media relations and monitoring, strategic communication with the sector and advising the Ministry’s departments and political leadership. The Communication Unit is also responsible for the content of the Ministry’s website at regjeringen.no, and for managing its development.
The Department of Early Childhood Education and Care has overall responsibility for the kindergarten sector. The Department helps political leaders to formulate and implement national policies on kindergartens, by helping to prepare the national budget, collecting statistics and sharing its knowledge of the sector.
Department director: Director General Morten Rosenkvist
The Department of Education and Training has overall responsibility for the thirteen years of primary and secondary education, as well as for Folk High Schools and the statutory entitlements of adults to a basic education.
Department director: Director General Johan Raaum
The Department of Higher Education as the overall responsibility for higher education, post-secondary vocational education and training, researcher training, research and other activities at universities and university colleges.
Department director: Director General Toril Johansson
The Ministry’s Department of Research has strategic responsibility for research policy. Responsibilities include preparing white papers on research, and coordinating research policy across ministries. This is particularly relevant with respect to funding for research and development through the national budget.
Department director: Director General Kari Balke Øiseth
The Department of Analysis, International Affairs and Lifelong Learningpromotes and initiates work on analysis and documentation within the Ministry. Its responsibilities include educational research, statistics and indicators, and political analyses within all of the Ministry’s areas of activity.
Department director: Director General Eivind Heder
The Department of Administration and Finance is responsible for HR policy, organisational development, finance, archiving, ICT, safety, security and emergency planning.
Department director: Director General Knut Børve