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31st Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum

Universities: Their Freedoms and Responsibilities: The Challenge of the Future

Oct 16, 2019 09:00 AM to Oct 17, 2019

Where Hamilton, Canada

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On 18 September 1988, in the presence of many political leaders and representatives of society, 388 rectors signed the Magna Charta Universitatum.
That document remains as relevant to the mission of universities everywhere as it was when it was first signed. It has become the major reference for the fundamental values and principles of the university and over 800 university leaders from all over the world have now signed it. Each year the Magna Charta Observatory organises an international conference to address current challenges in upholding the fundamental values and celebrates in a ceremony as more rectors sign the Magna Charta Universitatum. The 2019 conference and ceremony take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 in Hamilton, Canada, at the McMaster University.

The theme of the MCO conference is: Universities: Their Freedoms and Responsibilities: The Challenge of the Future.

Alongside questions of this sort, the responsibilities that universities bear, and the expectations which society has of universities, are becoming more various and complex. These derive from local economic and social agendas as well as from admirable commitments on the global scale, such as the UN’s sustainable development goals. Navigating this landscape of freedom, autonomy, equity and responsibility is complex and challenging for universities across the globe and unites our institutions as we seek to uphold our values, and contribute positively and meaningfully to the societies we seek to serve.

This conference addresses these critically important issues in a way that will stimulate discussion and enable active engagement by participants in a menu of workshop sessions. It will do so in association with Universities Canada and global associations including the International Association of Universities and Scholars at Risk. The outputs of the conference will not only be of benefit to participants and their universities but will also inform the development of a new Magna Charta Universitatum to reflect the changes and challenges which universities are facing.

The conference is open to university leaders and their representatives, higher education professionals and students, policy-makers and higher education stakeholders from all sectors to attend the event.

On 17 October, the Magna Charta Observatory, the University of Bologna and the McMaster University will host the Ceremony for the Signing of the Magna Charta by universities committed to the principles of the Universitatum. All participants and companions travelling with them are invited to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you in Hamilton.

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