A resolution to join Magna Charta Universitatum 2020, the so-called Great Charter of Academic Freedom, was adopted by the UWM Senate on 26 February 2021. The declaration of accession was signed by the UWM Rector Prof. Jerzy Przyborowski on 30 April. In this way, our university joined over 900 universities from 88 countries, identifying with the ideals proclaimed by Magna Charta Universitatum regarding the university's autonomy, the independence of research and education free from any political influence or economic conditions and the rejection of intolerance. On 16-17 June, the rectors of the universities joining the charter will declare their accession online. They will probably sign the document in Bologna, Italy, once the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic have been lifted.
Magna Charta Universitatum 2020 is an updated version of a document originally signed by 388 rectors worldwide on 18 September 1988, the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe. It contains the principles of academic freedom and the autonomy of universities as guidelines for the good governance and self-determination of universities in the future. The updated document highlights strengthening the role of universities in protecting the planet, promoting health, quality of life, and knowledge worldwide.
The Magna Charta Observatory monitors compliance with the principles contained in Magna Charta Universitatum, an organisation working to ensure that fundamental academic values are respected and protected. In January this year, Marcin Pałys, PhD, Professor of the University of Warsaw, became a member of the MCO Governing Council. The Council is chaired by Professor Francesco Ubertini, the Rector of the University of Bologna. The Observatory was founded in 1988 by the University of Bologna and the European University Association.
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