• Kindergartens
  • 13-year education and training system provided by primary and secondary schools
  • Folk high schools and adults’ rights to basic education
  • Higher education and tertiary vocational training
  • Student welfare and student grants
  • Coordinating research policy
  • Adult education, skills and lifelong learning
  • Integration

The mandate and social purpose can be summed up by three strategic goals for the education sector: 

  • Education and training to enable personal development and active citizenship
  • Skills that are needed today and in the future
  • Research in order to achieve scientific progress, development and greater competitiveness 

The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Education and the Minister of Research and Higher Education. The political leadership also includes state secretaries and political advisers. The Secretary-General is the senior civil servant at the Ministry.