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On 18 September 1988, in the presence of many political leaders and representatives of the society, 388 rectors from Europe and beyond signed the Magna Charta Universitatum. The document has since become the major reference for the fundamental values and principles of the university.

To date, the Magna Charta has been signed by some 750 university leaders from all over the world and each year more universities commit themselves to the principles laid out in the Magna Charta. The higher education scene has developed significantly since 1988, yet the Magna Charta remains relevant to the mission of universities everywhere.
On 19th and 20th September 2013, the Magna Charta Observatory will convene its Annual Conference in Bologna, Italy to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum and discuss on Universities, Students and Societies - Connecting Academic Freedom and Creative Cities with personalities of the highest calibre and participants from universities around the world.

On 20th September, the Magna Charta Observatory and the University of Bologna will host the annual Academic Ceremony for the signing of the Magna Charta by universities committed to the principles of the Universitatum.

We invite university leaders and representatives, higher education professionals and students, policy-makers and higher education stakeholders from all sectors to attend the event. We look forward to welcoming you in Bologna!


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