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February 08, 2023
Caseload Eases for Austria's Student Ombudsman
Anna-Katharina Rothwangl, the Austrian Ombudsman for Students (Ombudsstelle für Studierende), recently presented her 2021-22 annual report to the Parliamentary Minister for Education, Science and Research. Rothwangl reported that student concerns moderated after hitting a record last year due to the pandemic. Her office received 642 cases in 2021-22 compared to 837 in the prior year. Most of the visitors were women (58.7%) and study conditions remained the main reason for inquiries. In addition to visitor data, the report also makes proposals to the legislature and federal agencies, and to individual universities. (Austrian Student Ombuds 2021/22 Activity Report.)