Should values be institutionalised?
Day 2, Governance Good Practices: Institutionalising the Values. The inputs for labs 7 to 12 were presented during this session.
(From left to right: Prince Nnagozie, Olivier Guillet, Gard Titlestad, Florencia Luna and Ani Casimir - Picture S. Fillos / Globethics.net)
The topics included a broad perspective of ethics: Research Committees on Ethics, Recruitment & Admission, The Green Campuses, Measurement & Quality, New Management Models and Anti-Corruption Policies.
Ani Casimir - Recruitment & Admission
The limitations that Africa presents in terms of democracy, economical issues, cultural and infrastructural were presented. The elimination of constrains could help to approach best practices.
Florencia Luna - Research Committees on Ethics
Although committees "may be a very useful instrument to expand values and let the community to know about them", they should be well organized. A cautionary case was presented to show the importance of values and education of members of the committee and that "good intentions" are not enough.
Olivier Guillet- The Green Campuses
Five commitments were presented. They were all related to responsibility and innovation: to grow the participation of stakeholders, increasing the communication; train the internal and external stakeholders; to promote responsible research practices; implement efficient and coordinated environmental management and finally, social policy and discrimination.
Gard Titlestad - Measurement & Quality
It is important to measure the quality of education, especially in distance learning. One of the most important variables to measure are the outcomes. For instance the students that obtain a job, the performance are some of the indicators analysed.
Arnold Smit - New Management Models
"We are in a process where we are rediscovering the social relevance of education".
There are many different trends which have different impacts: globalization and internationalization, technology and organizational development, sustainable development and societal relevance and financial funding—they all have implications in the management models.
Prince Nnagozie - Anti-Corruption Policies
What is corruption and how to eradicate It? "You cannot fight with corruption only with anticorruption policies". Corruption exists because something is missing: values. Understanding this concept is the first step to find a solution.