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TheRoleofPublicUniversitiesand theValuestheyShare

PublicUniversities
makeacrucialcontributiontothe developmentoftheirsocieties. cooperatetowardsastrongerscientific, culturalandsocialexchangebetweenthe nationsoftheworld. embracediversity. addresspressingglobalissuesbothinhigh qualityteachingandresearch.

make a crucial contribution to the development of their societies.


Byeducatingpeopleandamongthemthefutureleaders, bystimulatingresearchactivities,bycreatingand transferringknowledgeandbyofferingaspacefor reflectionanddiscussion,publicuniversitiesrepresenta cornerstoneforsocietaldevelopmentandchange. Theyfostereconomicactivity,socialcohesionand democraticparticipation. Astheypredominantlyrelyonpublicfunding,theyengage inadialoguewiththepoliticalauthoritiesonthebenefits theyofferandtheinvestmentstheyneed. Inthisprocess,thefreedomofscientificactivityandthe autonomyofscientificinstitutionsarekeyfactorsfor success.

cooperate towards a stronger scientific, cultural and social exchange between the nations of the world.
Asknowledgeknowsnoborders,publicuniversitieshave alwayssoughtexchangewithstudentsandscholarsfrom othercountries. Theyareoftenthemostinternationalizedinstitutionsin theirsocietiesandtheyareimportantactorsinthe internationalrelationsoftheircountries. Throughtheirinternationalactivitiesandnetworksthey practiceandenhanceinterculturalunderstandingand respectwhichisfundamentalinourchangingandglobal world. Theyparticularlycareaboutcooperationbetween industrialisedanddevelopingcountries,betweenthenorth andthesouthandbetweenperceivedcivilizations.

embrace diversity.

Publicuniversitiesseektoreflectthediversityoftheir societiesamongtheirmembersandtheycontributewith theirspecificnational,culturalandlinguisticbackground tothediversityoftheglobalscientificcommunity. Specialattentionisgiventoassuringequalopportunities inhighereducationandresearchforstudentsofdifferent economicsituationsandtoachievinganequal representationofmenandwomeninalllevelsofscientific activity. Thus,publicuniversitiesareforerunnerstowards achievingnondiscriminationandassuringcivilrights.

address pressing global issues both in high-quality teaching and research.

Astheproblemstheworldfacesarebecomingmoreand morecomplexandinterdependent,publicuniversities needtoidentifyandaddresstheseissuesbothinteaching andresearchtothebestoftheirability. Tothisend,artificialboundariesbetweenteachingand research,betweenfundamentalandappliedresearchand betweendifferentdisciplinesneedtobeovercome. Theirindependencefromparticulareconomicinterests enablespublicuniversitiestoaddresstheseissues,both fortheshortandlongterm,inawaythatisobjectiveand beneficialforall.

In conclusion

Onthis basis,the InternationalForumof Public Universitites seeks toencourageand supportits member institutionsintheir engagementsinsociety and their commitment toshaping afairer and better future.

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