Magna Charta Universitatum

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Magna Charta Universitatum
Ratified18 September 1988
LocationEngrossed copy: University of Bologna
Signatories430 Universities
Purposereference for the fundamental values and principles of the university, in particular institutional autonomy and academic freedom

The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document to celebrate university traditions and encourage bonds among European universities,[1] but it also serves as a universal inspiration and is open to universities throughout the world.[1] It was founded by the University of Bologna and the European Rectors' Conference (now EUA) in 1988[1] and has been signed by 889 universities from 88 countries.[2]


The Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum was formally signed by 430 university rectors on September 18, 1988 at Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the University of Bologna.[3] The final text of the document was drafted in January 1988 in Barcelona.[4]

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  • "The Bologna Declaration". Observatory Magna Charta, University of Bologna. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  • "Signatory Universities". Observatory Magna Charta, University of Bologna. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  • "Magna Charta Universitatum". University of Belgrade. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  • Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory, University of Split, archived from the original on 2008-12-24

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