Knowledge cooperation

Through international cooperation, the Ministry of Education and Research will contribute to increased quality, renewal, and relevance within the areas of kindergarten, education and research.

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The international investment will contribute to joint international solutions, while also strengthening our own knowledge and skills development. The Ministry of Education and Research is working in a targeted manner to raise awareness of Norway as a knowledge country and an attractive partner. Norway cooperates on education research within the EU/EEA, the Council of Europe, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the OECD, and UNESCO - as well as with individual countries. 

Cooperation with individual countries

Bilateral cooperation provides Norwegian knowledge entities access to leading professional environments across the world. Nordic and European cooperation is at the forefront of this. In addition, eight countries outside of the EU hold the status of priority cooperative partner for Norway in the field of knowledge: USA, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. 

Norway has entered into government agreements with most of these countries concerning strengthened cooperation in higher education and/or research. In certain countries, special envoys have also been established to facilitate increased cooperation and contacts at both institutional and governmental levels. 

Nordic cooperation

The Nordic countries are close to one another in terms of geography, culture, and politics. The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official liaison body of the Nordic governments. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, as well as the self-governing areas of Greenland, Åland, and the Faroe Islands all cooperate via this forum. The Nordic Council of Ministers is, despite its name, multiple councils of ministers. The education and research ministers in the Nordic region make up the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U). 

The Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research has overall responsibility for cooperation on education and research, IT policy, and the coordination of Nordic language cooperation. 

Nordic cooperation on education and research should:

  • make it easy to study and research in neighbouring Nordic countries
  • create and develop a Nordic community in the education and research sector
  • make the Nordic region stronger as a region of knowledge and innovation
  • help to promote Nordic values
  • increase the proportion of Nordic citizens who understand Scandinavian languages

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council  

Nordic portal for schools - run by the Federation of the Norden Associations  

Nordplus - the Nordic Council of Ministers' largest education programme. Nordplus provides financial support to many different types of educational partnerships in the Nordic and Baltic countries. 

NordForsk funds Nordic research partnerships, carries out analyses, and provides advice on Nordic research policy. 

Top-level Research Initiative - a major Nordic venture for climate, energy and the environment (TFI) brings together research, innovation, and industry.

EU partnership

The EU/EEA area is a large and growing area of work for the Ministry of Education and Research. Through implementation and monitoring of EU law (directives, regulations, decisions), participation in programmes and a wide range of other activities, this work helps to increase the quality of Norwegian education and research, as well as providing increased international mobility and vital expertise to Norwegian working life. 

Norway participates fully in the European educational programmes and the EU's framework programme for research and technological development. The programmes are managed in Norway by, respectively, the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education and the Research Council of Norway.

The EU's framework programme, Horizon 2020, is the world's biggest programme for innovation and research. 

The Research Council of Norway

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for education, youth and sport in the period 2014-2020.

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education

The Norwegian Mission to the EU

The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is Europe's oldest and biggest cooperative organisation. The Council of Europe is not connected to the EU, but all EU member states are members of the Council, and cooperation between the EU and Council is on the rise. 

Education and training play a key role in promoting the core values of the Council of Europe - democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. To an increasing extent, education and training are seen as a shield against the emergence of violence, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination, and intolerance in Europe. 

Norway has two representatives on the Council of Europe's education committee. The steering committee is responsible for the entire educational process. Cooperation takes place in the Council of Europe's areas of responsibilities, i.e. issues connected to learning about democracy, human rights education, language learning, intercultural understanding, history teaching, approval of higher education, and matters relating to the freedoms of academic institutions. 

The Council of Europe

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