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The goals and missions of the University are defined in Article 1 of the Statute of the University of Florence. In particular: 1. The University of Florence is a public institution representing the scientific community, whose autonomy is guaranteed by the Constitution. Its purposes are the unhindered processing and transmission of knowledge and advanced learning, in accordance with the freedoms of research, teaching and learning set forth in Art. 2 hereinafter.2. It affirms its pluralist nature, which is independent of any religious, ideological, political or economic conditioning.3. Through the conscientious cooperation of teachers, students and technical/administrative staff, it favours the development of critical knowledge which is open to the exchange of information, cultural cooperation and interaction, and which is a vehicle for progress and a tool for the affirmation of the dignity of all mankind and of just and peaceful cohabitation among nations. 4. It promotes the internationalization of scientific and teaching programmes. It cooperates with the other university institutions of the European Union in the creation of a community forum for research and higher learning. 5. It cooperates with the other universities at regional, national and international levels in order to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of its institutional activities. 6 It intervenes in favour of right to study, as defined and guaranteed by Art. 34 of the Constitution.7. It makes the furthering of learning its priority and the basis for its cultural and professional training. 8. It considers the particular characteristics of the various disciplinary areas into which its research and teaching activities are divided as a source of common wealth to be put to the best possible use. 9. It guarantees the development, innovation, improvement and transfer of knowledge to the benefit of individuals and society as a whole.10. It guarantees the contribution of biomedical research structures in achieving the goals set forth in Art. 32 of the Constitution, priority being given to actions which are coordinated by and integrated with actions of the Regional Health Service. 11. The University creates and is governed by this statute. Any regulations issued in accordance with Art. 5 below must comply with it.