EUA launches dialogue on importance of university autonomy
The European University Association (EUA) is relaunching a European-wide dialogue on university autonomy this week, ahead of its Annual Conference 2017, which also focuses on this topic. In this context, the EUA underlines the "importance of universities as independent and open communities of scholars". The association also expresses its "concern about the increasing tendency of national governments to interfere in university autonomy and academic freedom", saying this would indicate a lack of trust on universities and the critical role they play in society, and quoting several recent examples. The EUA strongly emphasises the importance of critical thinking and independent judgment, as well as freedom from political intervention and pressure. It therefore "calls upon governments to refrain from undue political interference in university matters, to respect institutional autonomy, and to establish a dialogue with the sector that is based on mutual trust and the rule of law".
A discussion on the issue of university autonomy will take place at the EUA Annual Conference on “Autonomy and Freedom: The Future Sustainability of Universities” at the University of Bergen in Norway, on 6 and 7 April 2017.
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