50 members of the European Humanities University (EHU) academic community began Senate members mandates on October 28, 2015. Among the outcomes of the first Senate meeting of the Academic Year 2015-16 is endorsing Magna Charta Universitatum.
Magna Charta Universitatum is a declaration of major principles of academic freedom, ethics and quality of education, initially adopted during 900th anniversary of the Bologna University in 1988. At the moment there are 802 signatory Universities from 85 countries. After signing Magna Charta, EHU will be the first private Lithuanian University and second Belarusian University to join Magna Charta Universitatum.
“EHU’s endorsement of Magna Charta Universitatum is a reflection of its absolute and historical commitment to human rights, freedom of thought and highest quality unfettered education,” emphasized EHU Rector Prof. David Pollick.
After consideration of EHU’s application, Rector of the University will be invited to sign the declaration in person during a ceremony in autumn 2017 in Bologna.
According to Chairperson of the EHU Senate, Professor Emeritus Ryhor Miniankou: “Decision of the EHU Senate to join Magna Charta demonstrates our commitment to European humanistic values, and our intention to be even more organically and dynamically integrated into trends of higher education development. Additionally we do confirm that Belarusian Universities are able to harmonize with global community of Universities, as according to norms of academic freedom and autonomy”.
Senate is a collegial decision-making body of EHU which operates on the basis of Oxbridge model of academic self-governance (all faculty of the University with workload starting from 0.75 FTE are members of the Senate, together with 5 representatives from the EHU Students’ Union).
Meetings of the EHU Senate are open to public and convene every month.