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Past Present and Future of the Magna Charta Universitatum Celebrations of the XX Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum

Proceedings of the Conference of the Magna Charta Observatory 18-20 September 2008


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Bastian Baumann, Secretary General
Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna

Presidential Address
Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic

Pier Ugo Calzolari, Rector
University of Bologna

The Magna Charta Universitatum: 
twenty years of lively relevance for the future

Michael Daxner, President of the Council
Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna

The Purpose of Academic Freedom Today
Danilo Türk, President of the Republic


From the Origins of the University in Europe
to the Universities of the Globalisation

Josep Bricall, former Rector
Universitat de Barcelona
Fabio Roversi-Monaco, Honorary President
Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna

Academic Freedom Facing Major Challenges 
in Afghan and Central Asian Higher Education Institutions

Sharif Fayez, Founding President
The American University of Afghanistan

Making Academic Freedom and Institutional 
Making Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy Real
in Boundary Conditions: Some Issues from African Higher Education

Mala Singh, Professor
Open University, United Kingdom

Public Responsibility and Institutional Autonomy
Where is the Balance?

Sjur Bergan, Head of Department of Higher Education,
Council of Europe, Strasbourg

Student Freedom in University Life
Ligia Deca, Chairperson, 
European Students’ Union, Brussels

Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General, 
International Association of Universities, Paris
Martina Vukasovic, Director, 
Centre for Educational Policy, Serbia

Universities Addressing Global Challenges
Georges Haddad, Director Division Higher Education, 

Academic Freedom and the Individual Scholar:
Practical strategies for positive impact

Robert Quinn, Executive Director
Scholars at Risk Network, New York

Higher Education in Egypt and the Middle East
A Magna Charta Universitatum Perspective

Mohamed Loutfi, Director of International Development, 
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

The Relevance of Magna Charta for Colombia and Latin-America
Moises Wasserman, Rector 
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Autonomy and Academic Freedom in Africa
Oludare Ogunlana, Secretary-General,
All-Africa Students Union, Ghana

Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom in North America
Robert L. Caret, President
Towson University, USA

Kenneth Edwards, former Rector,
University of Leicester, United Kingdom

The speakers

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