Magna Charta 2014

18–19 September at Uppsala University, Sweden


University Integrity – Society’s Benefit

The Magna Charta Conference was held in Uppsala on 18-19 September 2014.

In a changing university landscape, issues of academic integrity are complex and more relevant than ever. What are the codes of conduct of academic work? What is the value of academic integrity to society at large? How can universities remain both responsive and independent in relation to the many different stakeholders in higher education and research?

The conference University Integrity – Society's Benefit, which was organized in collaboration between Uppsala University and Magna Charta Observatory, addressed these issues in a series of lectures and workshops with invited speakers from different parts of the world. Academic teachers and researchers, university leaders and representatives, students and policy-makers participated in the conference.

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About MAGNA CHARTA AND the conference

On September 18th, 1988, in the presence of many political leaders and representatives of the society, 388 rectors from Europe and beyond signed the Magna Charta Universitatum. The document has since become the major reference for the fundamental values and principles of the university. To date, the Magna Charta has been signed by almost 900 university leaders from all over the world and each year more universities commit themselves to the principles laid out in the Magna Charta. Uppsala University is one of the original signatories of the Magna Charta.

On 18 and 19 September 2014, the Magna Charta Observatory convened its annual conference in Uppsala, Sweden to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum. The conference was opened by the Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University, Professor Eva Åkesson, and the President of the Magna Charta Observatory Council, Professor Sijbolt Noorda.