Ingrid Katharina van Engelshoven, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science and a prominent member of the ruling social-liberal Democrats 66 political party, says that she does not support legislation mandating Ombuds for colleges and universities. Instead, she prefers that individual schools negotiate with their unions to establish Ombuds programs. Other politicians disagree and say that the government has an obligation to provide a legal foundation for University Ombuds.
Meanwhile, several universities in the Netherlands are testing out Ombuds programs. (Science Guide.)
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