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University of Bologna and Magna Charta Observatory sign long term agreement

The University of Bologna (UNIBO) is one of the two founders of the Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) and has provided financial and other support for its work since the Observatory was established in 2000.

Since then the Observatory has grown to achieve approaching 1000 signatory universities and the range of its work has broadened considerably. It has become more global. Its activities have developed to include workshops and the proactive Living Values project as well as its publications, anniversary conferences and interventions.

Until now the contribution of UNIBO has been made on an annual basis with no guarantees going forward.  To be more effective the MCO needs to plan further ahead and the agreement signed with UNIBO on 16 March enables this to happen.  The agreement gives unity, continuity and stability to all collaborations between the two bodies with the aim of developing them, strengthening them and identifying other possible forms and areas of interaction.

The Rector of UNIBO, Francesco Ubertini said; ‘UNIBO recognises the MCO as a valuable partner in various activities linked to fundamental university values and to cooperation between universities worldwide for the benefit of students, staff and universities themselves. I am pleased that the Observatory now has a more secure platform from which to develop its valuable work’.

The President of the MCO’s Governing Council, Sijbolt Noorda said; ‘The agreement enables the Observatory to take a longer-term view and invest confidently in developments which will enable it to better serve universities and society world-wide. The valuable support of UNIBO will enable it to promote the understanding of university autonomy and academic freedom in practice for the benefit of all’.

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Published on 17 March 2021