The Ministry of Education and Research is responsible for kindergartens, primary and lower secondary schools, upper secondary schools, tertiary vocational  education and higher education.

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Structure of higher education

The university and university college sector is faced by major challenges. The government wishes to increase the quality of the sector and has notified that there will changes to both its structure and content.


Promotion of the status and quality of teachers

"Promotion of the status and quality of teachers – joint effort for a modern school of knowledge” is a government programme to create schools where students learn more.


Proposal for renewal and improvement of school subjects

2016-11-15: The government is seeking renewal of the subjects taught in schools to enable pupils to achieve more in-depth learning and better understanding. Greater focus will also be placed on the schools’ broad education and qualification mission within the framework of the school day.

Better cooperation with important countries

Traditionally Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Japan are not countries that Norway have cooperated extensively with in higher education and research. This is something the Government would like to change.


Long-term plan for research and higher education 2015–2024

The Government has high ambitions as regards the Norwegian knowledge society. In line with the Sundvolden Declaration, the Government will pursue a targeted commitment to research and higher education.


As a result of the changes occurring globally, cooperation with other countries on other continents will come to play a more important role for the further development of the Norwegian knowledge society.



Ministry of Education and Research

Phone: +47 22 24 90 90
Address: Postboks 8119 Dep, 0032 Oslo
Visitor address: Kirkegata 18, Oslo

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