President Takemura signs the Magna Charta Universitatum
On September 18, 2018, Toyo University became a signatory to the Magna Charta Universitatum.
The Magna Charta Universitatum is a charter enacted in 1988 by a group of European universities headed by the University of Bologna in Italy, the oldest university in Europe. Originally formulated for the purpose of building close collaborations among institutions of higher education in Europe, the Charter upholds four fundamental values: (1) institutional autonomy; (2) inseparability of education and research; (3) academic freedom and its observance; and (4) quest for knowledge and mutual exchange beyond geographical borders. Many universities—to date, over 800 universities in 86 countries—have shown their support for the universal principles upheld by the Charter by becoming signatories. The signatory universities in Japan include the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Keio University, International Christian University, Tokyo University of Science, Kwansei Gakuin University, Soka University, and Tamagawa University.
The signing ceremony for Toyo University was held at the University of Salamanca in Spain as part of events held from September 17 through 18 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum and the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. The signing ceremony was carried out in a solemn atmosphere in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain. President Takemura, donning the Toyo University gown, signed the Charter on the podium.
|The signing ceremony||
President Takemura with the University of
Bologna’s Rector (right)
and Vice Rector for International Relations (left)
Having signed the Magna Charta Universitatum, Toyo University will embark on initiatives based on it.