September 23rd, 2013
On September 20, 2013, Epoka University became a signatory of Magna Charta Universitatum in the prestigious Signing Ceremony organized at the Aula Magna Santa Lucia of the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy. On this occasion, the Rector of Epoka University Prof. Dr. Remzi Altın together with the Rectors of 23 other well-known universities in Europe and America signed this renowned document in the ceremony that coincided with the 25th anniversary of the signing of Magna Charta Universitatum.
Written by European university Rectors and signed by 388 European universities in 1988, as of 2013, Magna Charta Universitatum has been signed by 755 higher education institutions around the world and is the primary reference supporting the fundamental principles of higher education with a particular focus on the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy set forth in this document.
Signing the Magna Charta Universitatum signals that Epoka University is a member of the global higher education community devoted to academic excellence and high quality delivery.
At the same time, the Magna Charta Observatory was established in 2001 by the European University Association and the University of Bologna in order to keep the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy stipulated in the Magna Charta Universitatum at the forefront of higher education debates at institutional, national and international levels as well as to oversee the compliance with these principles by signatories.
Prof. Altın also participated at the Conference titled “Universities, Students and Societies: Connecting Academic Freedom and Creative Cities”, organized by Magna Charta Observatory and the University of Bologna on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of Magna Charta Universitatum. Distinguished representatives from Magna Charta Observatory Council, the European University Association, the International Association of Universities, the EU High-Level Group on the Modernization of Higher Education, the Coimbra Group, the Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), Qatar Foundation as well as student representatives from the European Students Union and the Norwegian Students and Academics International Assistance Fund delivered insightful presentations related to the topics dealt with by the Conference.
Presentations concentrated on the necessity to ensure a student-based approach in the teaching and other activities carried out by the universities as well as on the necessity to view universities as institutions that should be deeply embedded in the local environment where they are located so as to be able to properly contribute to the development of their respective cities and regions, particularly with a view to the concept of “creative city” that refers to the features that cities should assume in the economy and society of the 21st century based on innovative information and knowledge production.
On the occasion of this Conference, Prof. Altın also met with his counterparts and other high-level representatives of well-known universities in Europe and America where the opportunities of establishing cooperation relations were discussed in details.
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