November 29, 2009

New Secretary General Explains IOI's Relocation to Vienna

Earlier this fall, the International Ombudsman Institute moved from Edmonton, Canada to Vienna, Austria and appointed a new director, Austrian Ombuds Peter Kostelka. In an interview, Kostalka explained why the relocation will benefit the organization:
Vienna sees itself as a place of international encounter and therefore received considerable support from the national government and city of Vienna, which both consider that the move will strengthen Vienna’s status as a seat of international organisations. I believe that this also confirms the worldwide recognition of the role of the ombudsman as an old-established institution.

The new Secretary General also said he will be developing a website to provide information to all member institutions, from the legal basis to practical considerations, and organizing regional training programs. (Wein International.)

Related posts: IOI Secretariat Relocating to Vienna; Canadian and European Higher Ed Ombuds Will Convene in Vienna.

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