28th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum
The Observatory achieved a number of ‘firsts’ on October 20th - 21st when it held its first anniversary conference outside of Europe.
The conference, entitled ‘Reducing social inequalities: the role of universities’, was hosted by the University of São Paulo and attended by 100 participants. It was addressed by former Presidents of Spain and Brazil and the Mexican Ambassador in Brazil along with a number of Rectors, students and the President of the Observatory Council.
A second ‘first’ was that two of the conference sessions were in video-conference, live from Bologna, linking the home of the Observatory, and the site of the first signings, with the conference on another continent. Questions and discussion followed linking the audiences in both venues.
The third ‘first’ was the first signing the Magna Charta Universitatum outside of Italy. Three universities signed and were welcomed into the Magna Charta community.
Proceedings of at least parts of the conference will be posted on the MCO website. We are exploring ways in which signatories and others can continue the discussion.
All of this signals the more active engagement of the Observatory with its signatories wherever they are in the world.
More information about the conference sessions will be published shortly.