Ministry of Education and Research (Sweden)

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Ministry of Education and Research
Utbildningsdepartementet
Agency overview
Formed 1840 (1840)[1]
Employees about 200
Ministers responsible Jan Björklund,
Minister for Education
Maria Arnholm,
Minister for Gender Equality
Website www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/2063
Minister for Education
Jan Björklund-2.jpg
Incumbent
Jan Björklund

since 7 September 2007
Appointer Prime Minister
Inaugural holder 1840: Albrecht Elof Ihre
1968: Olof Palme
Formation Formation: 1840
Reformed: 1968
Website www.sweden.gov.se
Minister for Gender Equality;
Deputy Minister for Education
Incumbent
Maria Arnholm

since 21 February 2013
Appointer Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Ulla Lindström
Formation 1954
Website www.sweden.gov.se
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The Ministry of Education and Research (Swedish: Utbildningsdepartementet) is a government ministry in Sweden responsible for matters relating to schools, universities, colleges, and research.

Before 1968 the ministry was called the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

The ministry offices are located at Drottninggatan 16 in central Stockholm.

List of ministers of the Ministry of Education[edit]

Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs (1840-1967)[edit]


Minister for Education (1968- )[edit]

Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Prime Minister
 
Olof Palme
Olof Palme
(1927–1986)
January 1, 1968 October 14, 1969 1 year, 286 days Social Democratic Tage Erlander (S)
 
Ingvar Carlsson
Ingvar Carlsson
(born 1934)
October 14, 1969 November 2, 1973 4 years, 19 days Social Democratic Olof Palme (S)
 
Bertil Zachrisson
Bertil Zachrisson
(born 1926)
November 2, 1973 October 8, 1976 2 years, 341 days Social Democratic Olof Palme (S)
 
Jan-Erik Wikström
Jan-Erik Wikström
(born 1932)
October 8, 1976 October 8, 1982 6 years, 0 days Liberal People's Thorbjörn Fälldin (C)
(1976 – 1978, 1979 – 1982)
Ola Ullsten (FP)
(1978 – 1979)
 
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
Lena Hjelm-Wallén
(born 1943)
October 8, 1982 October 16, 1985 3 years, 8 days Social Democratic Olof Palme (S)
 
Lennart Bodström
Lennart Bodström
(born 1928)
October 16, 1985 January 29, 1989 3 years, 105 days Social Democratic Olof Palme (S)
(1985 – 1986)
Ingvar Carlsson (S)
(1986 – 1989)
 
Bengt Göransson
Bengt Göransson
(born 1932)
January 29, 1989 October 3, 1991 2 years, 247 days Social Democratic Ingvar Carlsson (S)
 
Per Unckel
Per Unckel
(1948–2011)
October 3, 1991 October 7, 1994 3 years, 4 days Moderate Carl Bildt (M)
 
Carl Tham
Carl Tham
(born 1939)
October 7, 1994 October 6, 1998 3 years, 364 days Social Democratic Ingvar Carlsson (S)
(1994 – 1996)
Göran Persson (S)
(1996 – 2002)
 
Thomas Östros
Thomas Östros
(born 1965)
October 6, 1998 October 21, 2004 4 years, 15 days Social Democratic Göran Persson (S)
 
Leif Pagrotsky
Leif Pagrotsky
(born 1951)
October 21, 2004 October 6, 2006 3 years, 350 days Social Democratic Göran Persson (S)
 
Lars Leijonborg
Lars Leijonborg
(born 1949)
October 6, 2006 September 7, 2007 0 years, 336 days Liberal People's Fredrik Reinfeldt (M)
 
Jan Björklund
Jan Björklund
(born 1949)
September 7, 2007 Incumbent 7 years, 14 days Liberal People's Fredrik Reinfeldt (M)

Organization[edit]

The Ministry of Education and Research has a staff of 200. The head of the ministry is the Minister for Education, currently Jan Björklund (fp).The Minister for Gender Equality is Maria Arnholm.

Areas of responsibility[edit]

  • Education and research
  • Gender equality
  • Policy for civil society
  • Youth policy

Government agencies[edit]

The Ministry of Education and Research is principal to the following government agencies:

Schools, children and youth[edit]

  • Sami School Board of Sweden, or Sameskolstyrelsen. (Official site) Field of operation: administrative authority for the National Sami schools and other activities belonging to and regulated by the Sami School ordinance. Designed to offer the children of the Samis an education with a Sami focus.
  • National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools or "Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten". (Official site) Field of operation: The agency takes over the former functions of the National Agency for Special Educational Support, the Swedish Institute for Special Needs Education and the National Agency for Special Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and adults with disabilities will be able to develop and receive an education based on equality, participation, accessibility and companionship.
  • Swedish National Agency for Education, or Skolverket. (Official site) Field of operation: work actively to ensure that national objectives for childcare and the school system are achieved. In order to gain insight into the various activities and to contribute to development, the National Agency for Education carries out follow-ups, evaluation, development, research and supervisory work.
  • Swedish Institute for Children's Books, or Stiftelsen Svenska barnboksinstitutet. (Official site) Field of operation: a special library open to the public and an information centre for children's and young people's literature. The aim is to promote Swedish children's and young people's literature in Sweden as well as abroad.
  • The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, or Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor. (Official site) Works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare, and support the government in issues relating to civil society policy.

Adult education[edit]

  • Swedish National Agency for Education, or Skolverket. (Official site) Field of operation: Work actively to ensure that national objectives for adult education are achieved. In order to gain insight into the various activities and to contribute to development, the National Agency for Education carries out follow-ups, evaluation, development, research and supervisory work.
  • Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning, or Nationellt centrum för flexibelt lärande. (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Agency for Flexible Learning will promote the development and utilisation of flexible learning in municipal upper secondary education and adult education, liberal adult education and working life.
  • Swedish Agency for Advanced Vocational Education, or Myndigheten för Kvalificerad yrkesutbildning (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Agency for Advanced Vocational Education has been directed by the Parliament to administrate and supervise this educational form on the national level. It is the Agency that approves applications and makes grants.
  • Swedish National Council of Adult Education, or Folkbildningsrådet. (Official site) Field of operation: The Council distributes state grants to Study Associations and Folk High Schools, and also follows up and evaluates the activities within popular education organisations.

Higher education[edit]

Financial study support[edit]

Research[edit]

International co-operation[edit]

The Ministry of Education and Science is also principal to a number of smaller agencies, academies and associations that are not listed above.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utbildningsdepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010.  (subscription required)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°19′47.89″N 18°03′55.49″E / 59.3299694°N 18.0654139°E / 59.3299694; 18.0654139