A committee of the Storting (Norway's supreme legislature) has approved a proposal to mandate Studentombud for all universities in the country. At present, ten universities provide Student Ombuds programs, which serve about two-thirds of all university students.
Roy Steffensen, Chair of the Storting's Education and Research Committee, said that, while the environment for students is good, the hierarchical structures and asymmetrical relationship between students and university employees indicates a need for independent advice. The proposal is expected to be adopted by the full legislature. (Siste.)
See also: The 2015 Ombuds Blog Annual Top Ten List, No 6. "The number of Ombuds programs in Norway and Sweden seemed to reach a tipping point this year."
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