MDH is a signatory of the Magna Charta

May 20, 2015 | Research/Cooperation

Magna Charta Universitatum is regarded as the European universities’ Declaration of Rights. MDH has applied to become a signatory, as it is called, and has now been accepted. – It’s pleasing that MDH has been appointed as a signatory of such an important academic document and the foundation of democracy that the Magna Charta is, says Karin Röding, Vice-Chancellor.

The Magna Charta Universitatum, as it is called, was created when the University of Bologna celebrated its 900th anniversary in 1988. The document can be regarded as the European universities’ Declaration of Rights. The basic principles of the Magna Charta are that:

  • the HEIs (higher education institutions) are autonomous institutions,
  • teaching and research at universities must not be separated,
  • freedom applies in research and education, a fact which the state authorities and the HEIs within their respective areas must respect,
  • the constant endeavour of the HEIs is to achieve universal knowledge.

- In December the University Board gave me, in my capacity as Vice-Chancellor, the task of applying to become a signatory of the Magna Charta. A few weeks ago the pleasing announcement was made that MDH is allowed to become a signatory, and today I informed the University Board of this, says Vice-Chancellor Karin Röding.

Each year a conference is arranged during which Magna Charta issues are discussed, and new HEIs are invited into this cooperation. This year’s conference and ceremony are to be held on 17-18 September in Bologna, and Karin Röding will be travelling there to sign the Magna Charta.

- Just now work is in progress with MDH’s next Research and Education Strategy (FUS) for the period 2017-2022. The goal is that the new Strategy will rest on Magna Charta’s values, says Karin Röding.