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Students' Union wants fraternity costume ban
Fraternity members at a gathering in Vienna. Photo: APA/HELMUT FOHRINGER

Students' Union wants fraternity costume ban

The Austrian Students’ Union at the University of Vienna has called for a ban on members of right-wing student fraternities (Burschenschaften) wearing their traditional hats and chest bands on university grounds and at university events. READ  

Boy (16) sues Austria for school bullying
The Bundesgymnasium Gallus school. Photo: BG-Gallus

Boy (16) sues Austria for school bullying

A 16-year-old is suing the Republic of Austria for €21,000 because he said that the state school he attended in Vorarlberg failed to stop bullies mobbing him. It is the first civil case of this kind in Austria. READ  

University revokes Nazi's honorary doctorate
Eduard Paul Tratz. Photo: United States National Archives

University revokes Nazi's honorary doctorate

The University of Salzburg has, for the first time, revoked an honorary doctorate - one given to Austrian zoologist Eduard Paul Tratz, because of his Nazi past. READ  

University diversity image backfires
Photo: Uni Wien website

University diversity image backfires

An attempt by the University of Vienna to promote its viability as part of the Erasmus student exchange program, and to highlight its diversity backfired when one of the students depicted in a promotional image revealed he is a native born Austrian. READ  

Trainee priests housed in containers
Plain but cosy. Photo: Hochschule Benedikt XVI. Heiligenkreuz/Susanne Hammerle

Trainee priests housed in containers

So many men are eager to prepare for the priesthood at Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Lower Austria that they are having to be housed in temporary blue container units in the garden. READ  

Austrian primary school bans yoga
Children in India practising yoga. Photo: APA/Sanjeev Gupta

Austrian primary school bans yoga

A primary school in the town of Dechantskirchen in Styria has banned yoga from gym classes after a mother of one of the students protested against it for religious reasons. READ  

Vienna University falls in world rankings
Students at the University of Vienna. Photo: APA/PFARRHOFER

Vienna University falls in world rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) magazine has published its 2014-15 World University Rankings - the 11th annual edition of the globally trusted rankings, with one Austrian university only just managing to stay in the top 200. READ  

One in four EU school pupils learn German
A child writes the German word for 'school' on a blackboard. Photo: APA/DPA

One in four EU school pupils learn German

Almost one in four schoolchildren in Europe are learning German, according to research from the EU to mark the European Day of Languages on Friday. READ  

Father of psychiatry
Sigmund Freud. Photo: File

Father of psychiatry

Even before Sigmund Freud fled Hitler on the Orient Express from Vienna in June 1938, the father of psychoanalysis and his ideas about sex, dreams and cocaine divided opinion in the Austrian capital. READ  

Truant parents jailed for non-payment of fines
File photo: APA/dpa

Truant parents jailed for non-payment of fines

Since January, around 30 parents of persistent truants have been jailed for their failure to pay the necessary fines of up to €440. READ  

OECD: 'Upward mobility difficult in Austria'
An Austrian Matura student. Photo: APA/Neubauer

OECD: 'Upward mobility difficult in Austria'

Austria has poor upward mobility when it comes to education, particularly for women, according to the OECD's annual Education at a Glance report. The report says that family background can have a significant impact on educational attainment. READ  

Mayor rejects FPÖ school board candidate
Maximilian Krauss. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Mayor rejects FPÖ school board candidate

Vienna mayor Michael Häupl (SPÖ) has asked the Freedom Party (FPÖ) to nominate a new candidate for Vienna’s school board, after rejecting its first choice of Maximilian Krauss, a member of the extreme-right student group Aldania. READ  

Students given exam with answers filled in
University exam room. File photo: APA/Schlager

Students given exam with answers filled in

Students in Austria sitting down to take a university entrance exam thought they had been given a lucky break when they found the exam papers had already been completed, with all the answers filled in correctly. READ  

Greens launch cannabis legalization tour
Photo: Young Greens

Greens launch cannabis legalization tour

Austria's Green party's youth wing has launched an initiative to drum up support for legalization of cannabis, by commencing a tour around the country promoting the benefits of smoking or otherwise ingesting the currently-banned natural substance. READ  

Austrian universities slip in Shanghai rankings
Architecture students in Vienna. Photo: APA/Fohringer

Austrian universities slip in Shanghai rankings

The ranking of Austrian universities decreased slightly compared to last year's list published by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. READ  

 
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