Kuno von Klebelsberg

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The native form of this personal name is gróf Klebelsberg Kunó. This article uses the Western name order.
Kuno von Klebelsberg
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Klebelsberg in 1900s
Minister of the Interior of Hungary
In office
December 1921 – 1922
Preceded by Gedeon Ráday
Succeeded by Iván Rakovszky
Minister of Religion and Education
In office
1922–1931
Preceded by József Vass
Succeeded by Sándor Ernszt
Personal details
Born (1875-11-13)13 November 1875
Pecica, Hungary
Died 12 October 1932(1932-10-12)

Count Kuno von Klebelsberg (13 November 1875, Pécska – 12 October 1932) was a Hungarian politician, who served as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Hungary between the two world wars.

Klebelsberg was born in Magyarpécska, Austria-Hungary (today Pecica, Arad County, Romania). After World War I, the Treaty of Trianon and the ravages of the civil war, Klebelsberg assumed the position of Minister of the Interior in 1921, a post which he filled until the following year. Afterwards, he served as Minister of Culture (1922–1931) and introduced many educational reforms throughout Hungary. Klebelsberg helped create elementary schools in the countryside, began the modernisation of numerous universities, and created the foreign Hungarian cultural institute Collegium Hungaricum to create awareness of Hungarian culture in other countries.

Klebelsberg is also famous for introducing a progressive policy on scholarships for university students. His tenure represents one of the most important periods of educational development in Hungary.


Political offices
Preceded by
Gedeon Ráday
Minister of the Interior
1921–1922
Succeeded by
Iván Rakovszky
Preceded by
József Vass
Minister of Religion and Education
1922–1931
Succeeded by
Sándor Ernszt