MCO Governing Council vacancies

Apply to become a member of the MCO Governing Council

The Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental Values and Rights (MCO) invites applications for two people to join its Governing Council. As a global guardian of values and rights in higher education, the MCO is committed to fostering effective university systems worldwide in accordance with the MCU 2020 .


Since adopting its ambitious strategy in 2015, MCO has seen significant progress. With a growing network of 975 signatories from 94 countries, a revised Magna Charta and increased engagement through initiatives such as the Living Values project we are seeking experienced and passionate individuals to help shape its future.


Who We're Looking For:


  • Dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds and regions, particularly women, Africa, and Asia (which are currently under represented on the Governing Council).
  • Strong commitment to MCO's objectives and values, ideally demonstrated through prior involvement in MCO initiatives.
  • Significant achievements in academia or governance, with a deep understanding of autonomy and academic freedom.
  • Familiarity with international higher education and governance experience.




  • To attend biannual plenary sessions (one in-person, one virtual) and committee meetings.
  • To participate in regional and global initiatives to promote MCO's objectives.
  • To advise on or assist with initiatives where the MCO partners with other international organisations.
  • To contribute to the development of initiatives or resolutions of situations concerning the MCO.


  • The role is not remunerated but travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.


How to apply or make a nomination:


  • Submit a summary CV (max 2 pages) and a statement (max 1000 words) detailing your experience and how you can contribute to MCO's objectives.
  • Nominate individuals who meet the criteria.
  • Apply or nominate via the form at
  • The deadline for submissions is 23 June 2024.



For inquiries, contact Secretary General David Lock at


Join us in promoting fundamental values and rights and shaping the future of higher education governance worldwide.