“We, the undersigned Rectors of European Universities, gathered in Bologna on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the oldest University in Europe” – these are the first words of the preamble of the Magna Charta Universitatum, signed on September 18, 2018 by 388 rectors and heads of universities on the occasion of the Bologna University jubilee .
Now, the Adam Mickiewicz University has joined this special academic network during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Magna Charta Universitatum and the association of the Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum.
The records included in the Magna Charta Universitatum have retained their relevance for today. As you can read in it: “the university’s task of transferring knowledge to young generations now also means serving the whole society.” The document also contains the following sentence: “To meet the needs of the surrounding world, research and education carried out at universities must be – in terms of the motives for their implementation and content transmitted – free from any political influences and economic conditions.”
The aim of Magna Charta Universitatum is also to cultivate university traditions and encourage strong ties between universities.
Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, prof. Andrzej Lesicki placed his signature on the final document together with the Rector of Poznań University of Technology, professor Tomasz Łodygowski. The celebrations took place in Salamanca, Spain.