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EMU Signs International Magna Charta Agreement

EMU Signs International Magna Charta Agreement
Published Date: Friday, 21 September 2018

EMU will be represented in Salamanca, Spain on the 17th and 18th of September 2018, where the Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum will be signed by the university. The international agreement has been signed by 816 universities from 86 countries. The document that adopts the principles of academic freedom and institution autonomy has been signed by 33 universities from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey. At the meeting which corresponds with the University of Salamanca’s 800th and Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum’s 30th anniversary, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam will be singing the agreement at a cloak wearing ceremony that will take place before Felipe VI, the King of Spain and Letizia, the Queen of Spain. The said ceremony will also be attended by EMU Board of Trustees President Boysan Boyra.

EMU Will Be Accepted With a Ceremony

The annual report of Magna Charta Observatory will be presented to the attendees. The event will continue with a number of workshops following the lunch. The second day will be hosted by Mayor of Salamanca Alfonso Fernandez Manueco’s reception in honour of the universities. Then the attending universities will walk through the city and 31st anniversary celebrations will begin. The event will end after RTVE Chorus and Amancio Prada guitar concerts at 19:00 pm. EMU had joined the Magna Charta meeting last year in Scotland’s Glasgow city and started the process to join the agreement.

The opening speeches of the event will be delivered by University of Salamanca Rector Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rivero Ortega and Magna Charta Observatory President Sijbolt Noorda on Monday, the 17th of September 2017 at the University of Salamanca’s Historical Paraninfo Building.

What is Magna Charta Universitatum?

Magna Carta Universitatum is an agreement that was signed on the 18th of September 1988 at the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna. It was signed by 388 rectors in Europe and beyond. It contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future. To this day, the document has been signed by 816 universities from 86 different countries. The universities that sign the document accept that universities play an important role in the development of societies and aim to adjust their vision and strategies accordingly.