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Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen
Coat of arms of the Netherlands

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Department overview
FormedSeptember 9, 1918; 103 years ago (1918-09-09)
JurisdictionKingdom of the Netherlands
HeadquartersRijnstraat 50, The Hague, Netherlands
Annual budget€38,5 billion (2018)[1]
Ministers responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
  • Gunay Uslu, State secretary of Education, Culture and Science
WebsiteMinistry of Education, Culture and Science

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Dutch: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen; OCW) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for education, culture, science, research, gender equality and communications. The Ministry was created in 1918 as the Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences and had several name changes before it became the Education, Culture and Science in 1994. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, currently Robbert Dijkgraaf

Responsibilities

The mission of the ministry is to "work for a smart, able and creative Netherlands". The ministry is responsible for three fields of policy:[2]

Organisation

The ministry is currently headed by two ministers and one state secretary. The ministry's main office is located in the Hoftoren, the tallest building of The Hague. The ministry has around 2500 civil servants. The civil service is headed by a secretary general and a deputy secretary general, who head a system of three directorates general:[3]

It has several autonomous agencies:

History

The predecessor of the ministry, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences was founded in 1918, as it became autonomous from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. It was founded as a result of the resolution of the school struggle, the conflict about the equalisation of the finance for religious and public schools.[4] During the German occupation the ministry was renamed Department for Education, Sciences and Cultural Conservation and a separate Department for Propaganda and Arts. In 1965 the department for arts was integrated into the new Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Social Work. In 1982 this cultural department was integrated into the Ministry of Health. In 1996 cultural department returned to the Ministry of Education.

See also

References

  1. ^ (in Dutch) https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/prinsjesdag/miljoenennota-en-rijksbegroting
  2. ^ Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (2011-08-26). "Ministry of Education, Culture and Science - Government.nl". www.government.nl (in British English). Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  3. ^ "#1 Platform to fund your Study Abroad - Scholarships, Education loan | WeMakeScholars". www.wemakescholars.com. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Education, Culture and Science / Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap". Deutscher Bildungsserver (in German). Retrieved 2021-08-23.