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A magnificent signing ceremony at the presence of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain

Held in the framework of the commemoration of the VIII Century of the Salamanca University under the slogan 'University values ​​in a changing world', the XXX Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum has gather 75 new singatory universities, which makes the Salamanca event the biggest signing ceremony after the initial one held in Bologna in 1988.

Thus, 891 universities around the world have ratified the document which determines the mission of higher education institutions based on the principles of autonomy and critical thinking, the promotion of teaching and research activity in a framework of absolute freedom and the interaction of different cultures as an enriching factor. Among the new signatory universities there were nine Ukrainians, eight from the United Kingdom and seven newly incorporated Norwegians. Similarly, countries such as Slovakia, Poland and Hungary have contributed to the group with four new universities and other three from Poland, Portugal and Germany.

The King and Queen of Spain have also presided over the commemorative act of the 30th anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum.

The Paraninfo auditorium of the University of Salamanca has become the scene of a historical event, in which Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, put the finishing touch, presiding this fascinating academic act. The rectors of the universities of Salamanca and Bologna – Ricardo Rivero and Francesco Ubertini –  the president of the Junta de Castilla y Leon – Juan Vicente Herrera – and the Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque –  also attended the ceremony in which His Majesty the King stressed that the 30th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum "belongs to us all". In the saame spirit, he was convinced that the principles of Magna Charta "will promote the fruits of the 8th Century and stimulate the innovation of the university system".

According to Ricardo Rivero, the progress represented by meetings such as the one hosted by the University of Salamanca "results from the creation of new ideas, which are so necessary to change the way we understand and relate to our environment, adapting ourselves to different circumstances". For his counterpart in Bologna, Francesco Ubertini, after 30 years the Magna Charta "continues to be necessary to live our values ​​and demonstrate day after day that it will guide the renovation on the base of the changes that have taken place in our respective societies".

A spectacular academic procession puts the finishing touch to the XXX Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum in the VIII Centenary of the University of Salamanca. Around 450 rectors and doctors from universities around the world walked the streets of Salamanca and collected the love of Salamanca in the Plaza Mayor.

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Published on 4 October 2018