About Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U)

The role of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U) is to ensure that the Nordic Region retains a leading global position as a knowledge and skills region. The ultimate objective is an integrated and dynamic education-, research- and innovation area, and to generate maximum added Nordic value and strength.

Inter-governmental co-operation on research and education is headed up by the education and research ministers, in the form of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U).

MR-U concentrates on promoting Nordic synergies in the following key areas:

  • Schools and adult education
  • Higher education and research
  • Language co-operation throughout the Region
  • Information and communications technology.

Forums for co-operation

The ministers meet once or twice a year to discuss and adopt initiatives to improve work in areas where joint action and policies have a greater impact than the individual countries working on their own – this is known as Nordic synergy.

The Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education and Research (EK-U) supports the work of the Council of Ministers. EK-U consists of civil servants from the ministries and agencies for education and research in the Nordic nations and the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. It meets four–five times a year. EK-U takes care of the practical work and preparations for meetings of the Council of Ministers.

The Nordic Council of Ministers' Secretariat in Copenhagen is responsible for the day-to-day inter-governmental collaboration.

The Department of Knowledge and Welfare prepares the issues to be discussed by MR-U and EK-U. It is also responsible for implementing decisions taken by both bodies.

Nordic institutions and partners

MR-U wholly or partly funds a number of institutions and organisations, which help achieve its political objectives in their policy areas.



Other partners