Magna Charta Universitatum

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Magna Charta Universitatum
Ratified 18 September 1988
Location Engrossed copy: University of Bologna
Signatories 430 Universities
Purpose reference 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 amongst European universities,[1] though 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 805 universities from 85 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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