The Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) is a non-profit organisation with its base in Bologna. The establishment of the Observatory is linked to the Magna Charta Universitatum – a charter that is currently signed by 388 rectors and heads of higher education institutions in Europe, outlining the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy. The Observatory’s main aim is to monitor developments in these areas in Europe. Currently, MCO is looking to expand its monitoring capacity and is therefore looking to appoint Monitors.
Here is the call for applicants: One of the functions of the Magna Charta Observatory is to monitor the status of institutional autonomy and academic freedom. It acts on behalf of signatories or members of universities and also investigates independently. It commissions case studies on specific issues in individual countries or regions and publishes books and essays on a range of topics, all connected to current issues related to either institutional autonomy or academic freedom. It conducts site visits to universities or university systems in order to explore the situation, always with the self-understanding to offer an objective view, an outside “reference point” to create shared ideas motivating sound and effective relations among actors in higher education and research.
Traditionally, it has relied solely on members of its Council to play a leading role in this work. As the Observatory broadens its geographical reach and as the range of challenges to fundamental values broadens, the Observatory is committed to increasing its capacity to provide its monitoring service. The Council will therefore be selecting and providing training for people who can become part of an accredited group to assist with the development of the Observatory’s protocols, lead and undertake reviews in different parts of the world and produce reports and provide quality assurance of this work.
The Observatory now invites expressions of interest from people in the higher education sector to become members of its monitoring team. It is seeking to recruit a team of 12 people in the first instance. (more…)