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The University of Kufa joins the Magna Carta

The president of UOK Prof. Dr. Yasir Lafta Hassoun has signed (Magna Charta Universitatum 2020) which was held at the university of Bologna in Italy under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Patrrick Deane the general director and Prof. Dr. Giovanni Morali the president of the university.
Hassoun said in a statement that “by joining this global declaration which comprises (947) universities from (94) countries around the world, UOK has made a great antecedence among the other Iraqi universities”. The president added “it’s my pleasure to declare that by joining the Magna Charta, we became completely obligated to its honorable principles as we have always been before”.
The Magna Charta Universitatum, a declaration and affirmation of the fundamental principles upon which the mission of universities should be based, was signed in 1988 on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna. The first principle declared was independence: research and teaching must be intellectually and morally independent of all political influence and economic interests. The second was that teaching and research should be inseparable, with students engaged in the search for knowledge and greater understanding. The third principle identified the university as a site for free enquiry and debate, distinguished by its openness to dialogue and rejection of intolerance.
On a related note, the president has visited the faculty of archaeology in Bologna university to follow up the excavation program that is implemented and supervised in cooperation between European union and four Iraqi universities among which is the UOK. Hassoun has met the coordinator of the program Prof. Dr Nicolo Marchetti and has also visited the teaching hospital of the university to refer to the clinical training of the students and the scientific programs offered by the university to medical students and to discuss possible ways of cooperation between the two universities in this regard.

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