14. August 2020

University of Bonn signs the „Magna Charta Universitatum“ University of Bonn signs the „Magna Charta Universitatum“

The Magna Charta Observatory in Bologna has accepted the University of Bonn as a new signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum.

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The Magna Charta Universitatum describes the self-conception of universities in Europe and around the world, based on the idea of scientific autonomy and freedom. The document was first signed in 1988 on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe. Today, almost a thousand universities around the world are committed to the Magna Charta Universitatum.
The Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, supports the Magna Charta Universitatum: "The University of Bonn fully shares the values stated in the Magna Charta document. The freedom and inseparability of research and teaching are basic prerequisites of our university life, just as the autonomy of the institution of the university from ideological influence. The objective to strengthen the production of knowledge through international exchange is exactly in line with our ideals."
Due to the ongoing pandemic, for the first time this year, no signing ceremony can take place in Bologna. This is to be made up for in 2021 - with the participation of the University of Bonn.

"We are fully aware of our special responsibility for the future, which is now also emphasized by our membership in the Magna Charta Universitatum," said Michael Hoch. "In continuing and expanding our activities, we will be guided in particular by the spirit and all the principles of the Magna Charta.

The document of the Magna Charta is available in all 49 languages of the member universities - the following link provides further information and the Magna Charta Universitatum itself: http://www.magna-charta.org

Dr. Kai Sicks
Director of the International Office


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