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Since the end of 90-th of the XX century it was proclaimed a new mission of universities that was formulated as «education for sustainable development».
This leading idea that unites universities in Ukraine and around the world, scientific institutions and non-profit organizations that functions in the sphere of higher education was defined first on October 2008 in the name of the Olbian Declaration of Universities «Academic Freedom, University Autonomy and Education and Science for Sustainable Development».
This materials sum up the all-Ukrainian discussion that was started on October, 2008 about the important issues of the development academic freedoms and university autonomy which are urgent for the universities around the world.
The first result of the all-Ukrainian discussion in which took part leading scholars from Ukraine, the USA, the UK and Italy was the adoption the Charter of Ukrainian Universities, the Olbian Declaration of Universities «Academic Freedom, University Autonomy and Education and Science for Sustainable Development», and the Framework for priority actions «Realization of the Olbian Declaration of Universities». Rectors and authorized persons  in the name of 26 Ukrainian and foreign universities signed the appropriate documents on the «Olbian Forum 2009» on June 12 in the Levadiysky Palace-Museum which was of great historical importance during the World War II and where Declaration about uniting of free nations of Europe was signed.
The second result of this scientific discussion was the adoption the all-Ukrainian non-profit educational and scientific organization «Association of Ukrainian Universities», adoption the Statute and election of the President of the Association.
It was accepted the main principles of activity by the academic community which were proclaimed in the Charter of Ukrainian Universities, the Olbian Declaration of Universities and the Framework for priority actions «Realization of the Olbian Declaration of Universities». They are conceptual basis for the consolidation of the efforts for the reaching goals and strengthening the high education.
The leaders of the universities, who proclaimed these principles, hope for a quick and positive support from the universities, scientific, non-profit organization and other association in the educational activity.