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 Term of Office Party Prime Minister (Cabinet)
Olof Palme
Olof Palme
January 1, 1968 –
October 14, 1969
Social Democrats Tage Erlander
(Erlander III)
Ingvar Carlsson
Ingvar Carlsson
October 14, 1969 –
November 2, 1973
Social Democrats Olof Palme
(Palme I)
Bertil Zachrisson November 2, 1973 –
October 8, 1976
Social Democrats
Jan-Erik Wikström October 8, 1976 –
October 8, 1982
Liberal People's Party Thorbjörn Fälldin
(Fälldin I)
Ola Ullsten
(Ullsten)
Thorbjörn Fälldin
(Fälldin II)
Thorbjörn Fälldin
(Fälldin III)
Lena Hjelm-Wallén October 8, 1982 –
October 16, 1985
Social Democrats Olof Palme
(Palme II)
Lennart Bodström October 16, 1985 –
January 29, 1989
Social Democrats
Ingvar Carlsson
(Carlsson I)
Bengt Göransson
Bengt Göransson
January 29, 1989 –
October 3, 1991
Social Democrats
Ingvar Carlsson
(Carlsson II)


Per Unckel
Per Unckel
October 3, 1991 –
October 7, 1994
Moderate Party Carl Bildt
(Bildt)
Carl Tham
Carl Tham
October 7, 1994 –
October 6, 1998
Social Democrats Ingvar Carlsson
(Carlsson III)
Carl Tham
Thomas Östros
October 6, 1998 –
October 21, 2004
Social Democrats
Göran Persson
(Persson)
Leif Pagrotsky
Leif Pagrotsky
October 21, 2004 –
October 6, 2006
Social Democrats
Lars Leijonborg
Lars Leijonborg
October 6, 2006 –
September 7, 2007
Liberal People's Party Fredrik Reinfeldt
(Reinfeldt)
Jan Björklund
Jan Björklund
September 7, 2007 –
Liberal People's Party

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.

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]

  • Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, or Högskoleverket (HSV). (Official site) Field of operation: the Agency is in charge of inspecting and promoting higher education sector activities, through follow-up and evaluation of higher education, quality assessment, initiatives for updating teaching methods and assessment of right to award degrees.
  • The Universities in Sweden. (List with contact information) Field of operation: main duty is to organise higher education based on a scientific or artistic orientation and on proven experience and research, artistic and other development work.
  • National board of Appeal for Higher Education, or Överklagandenämnden för högskolan. (Official site) Field of operation: Administration of matters of appeal on some decisions made by intsitutions of higher education (i.e universities).
  • Swedish Net University Agency, or Myndigheten för Sveriges Nätuniversitet. (Official site) Field of operation: The Swedish Net University Agency is responsible for the Swedish Net University, a coordination project involving IT supported higher education distance learning courses and programmes given by universities and university colleges in Sweden.

Admission and financial study support[edit]

Research[edit]

International co-operation[edit]

  • International Programme Office for Education and Training of Sweden, or Internationella programkontoret för utbildningsområdet. (Official site) Field of operation: is responsible for the Swedish participation in the EU education programmes Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as a number of other international programmes and activities. The Programme Office provides advice on what opportunities are available, processes applications and disseminates best examples of transnational co-operation.
  • Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, or Svenska Unescorådet. (Official site) Field of operation: co-ordinates Swedish participation in UNESCO's work and is not a division of the UN agency UNESCO

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]

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