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Universities and their Responsibilities - Prerequisites and Underlying Principles. Bastian Baumann, Magna Charta Observatory Macao, 26 September 2008. Magna Charta Universitatum. Signed by 388 rectors in Bologna on 18 September 1988 Now 630 signatories Worldwide geographical coverage

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universities and their responsibilities prerequisites and underlying principles

Universities and their Responsibilities - Prerequisites and Underlying Principles

Bastian Baumann, Magna Charta Observatory

Macao, 26 September 2008

magna charta universitatum
Magna Charta Universitatum
  • Signed by 388 rectors in Bologna on 18 September 1988
  • Now 630 signatories
  • Worldwide geographical coverage
    • Currently 80 countries
content
Content
  • Fundamental values and principles of the university
    • Institutional autonomy
    • Academic freedom
  • Based on common heritage of the university
magna charta observatory
Magna Charta Observatory
  • Founded in 2001 by the University of Bologna and European Rectors Conference (now EUA)
  • Based at the University of Bologna
  • No membership
activities
Activities
  • Monitoring function
  • Convenor
  • Advisor
  • Think tank
  • Worldwide scope of activities
needs
Needs
  • Increased and broadened understanding of our situation, challenges and opportunities
  • Optimisation of scarce resources
  • Contextualising and customising our approaches
  • 3 pillars of sustainable development to be taken into account
context
Context
  • More political tensions between those who have and those who do not have
  • Cannot ignore poverty
  • Cannot ignore inter-linkages between globalisation, trade, poverty, development and environment
  • We are living in a different world, we need education for a different world
important role for universities
Important Role for Universities
  • Education: understand the whole, diverse and complex reality and act in adequate, informed ways
  • Teachers training
  • Medicine, law, administration, business, industry, etc. experts
  • Further develop intellectual and cultural base of societies
glocalisation
Glocalisation
  • Importance of global phenomena
  • Importance of local outreach
  • Systems level
  • Individual level
    • Locally routed, globally informed
    • Globally routed, locally informed
cultural diversity
Cultural Diversity
  • Universities need to live it
  • Transmit knowledge about different cultures
  • Understand and respect each other
  • Need for more dialogues
  • Awareness of one’s own cultural norms
what can should universities do
What Can/Should Universities Do?
  • Infrastructure
  • Needs assessments
  • Advisory services
  • Specialised sustainable development trainings
organisation of universities
Organisation of Universities
  • International
  • Interaction with region
  • Interaction with stakeholders (esp. SD)
  • Mobility
    • Students, teachers, staff
    • Not one way
curricula
Curricula
  • Broadened
  • Multi- / inter-disciplinary
  • Multi-facetted projects
  • Pedagogical approaches that do not just teach one response to one particular question
readiness to transform
Readiness to Transform
  • Critical attitude towards established knowledge
  • Study programmes to encompass this attitude
  • Critical thought and analysis of individuals
  • Academics to push back frontiers and address the inconvenient truth
responsibilities of universities
Responsibilities of Universities
  • Cater for the purposes of education
  • Educating people should provide the skills, perspectives, values and knowledge to live in a sustainable manner
  • Basic research / less lucrative research in the short term perspective
  • Responsibilities to society
4 basic requirements
4 Basic Requirements
  • Academic freedom
  • Institutional autonomy
  • Integrity / values / ethics
  • Link between teaching and research
contact
Contact

www.magna-charta.org

[email protected]

Via Zamboni 25

40126 Bologna

Italy

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