Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy)

The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, or MIUR) is the ministry of the Italian government for the national education system, the Italian universities and research. It is currently headed by the independent Francesco Profumo.[1]



In 1988, the Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca was split off from the Ministry of Public Education. In the first Romano Prodi cabinet the two were merged back into the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, Università, Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, then as the Ministero dell'istruzione, dell'università e della ricerca (MIUR) in the second and third Silvio Berlusconi cabinets. The two were re-separated in the second Prodi cabinet of 17 May 2006, but then re-merged in the fourth Berlusconi cabinet of 7 May 2008.


National level

  • Department for ministerial planning and for ministerial management of the education budget, human resources and information
  • Department for education
  • Department for the universities, higher education establishments in art, music and dance,

The three Departments carry out policies dictated by the Ministry and form the body which directs and programs educational policy.

Local level

Regional education "Uffici", which are autonomous administrative centres, carrying out the instructions of the Departments, directly supporting individual schools, and articulating the policies on the ground.


Since 2001

Name Period Cabinet
Ministro dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR)[2]
Letizia Moratti (FI) 11 June 2001 - 23 April 2005 Berlusconi II Cabinet
Letizia Moratti (FI) 23 April 2005 - 17 May 2006 Berlusconi III Cabinet
Ministro della Pubblica Istruzione
Giuseppe Fioroni (PD) 17 May 2006 - 8 May 2008 Prodi II Cabinet
Ministro dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR)
Mariastella Gelmini (PdL-FI) 8 May 2008 - 16 November 2011 Berlusconi IV Cabinet
Francesco Profumo (independent) 16 November 2011 - present Monti Cabinet


  1. ^ "Manager, cooperanti e professori Ecco i ministri del governo Monti" (in Italian). La Repubblica. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  2. ^ The Public Education ministry was subsumed into the Ministro dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca

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