null Newsletter No 5/2021 - Expanding the Circle of the We: Why Cultural Diversity Matters


Expanding the Circle of the We: Why Cultural Diversity Matters

By Amélé Ekué

Diversity - Expanding the Circle of the We: Why Cultural Diversity Matters
Academic Dean, Amélé Ekué shares her reflections on the occasion of the United Nations World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. 

"Cultural diversity invites us to ask the uncomfortable questions: how do we want to live together and on which values and principles shall our common life repose on?" 
Words that prompt us to see how diversity in all its facets needs to be thought of together with unity so that diversity can never be manipulated to serve the interests of a politics of division, but remain at the core of an anthropological understanding that values and promotes interdependence, mutual respect and togetherness.

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In the Spotlight: Herbert Makinda
Get to know Herbert, our Programme Executive for East Africa since its conception in 2011. 
"Ethics is not about oneself, but ethics is really about the benefit of others .That is what motivates me personally  – an endeavour to supporting others."
Blue Table Webinar: Ethics and Democracy
How solid are our democracies? Recently, hate speech, conspiracy theories and fake news on the one hand, and cancel culture or call-out culture on the other hand have taken centre stage in the public debate. The webinar endeavours to shed light on this controversy by convening a conversation around ethical perspectives and criteria that could assist in addressing these challenges.

Academy - The Autumn Semester is open

Completion of the Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals (EHE-TP) benchmarking process

Following the initial benchmarking process by UK NARIC/Ecctis, the final assessment of EHE-TP course aligned the programme with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) / Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

Online courses starting this autumn - Save your place

Cyber Ethics
Recognise the main ethical aspects within a cyber environment, and learn to apply ethics and core values to all decisions that are made within the cyber space. 

Starting date: 18 October 2021
Registration: Open - Freemium Model

Ethics in Higher Education for Administrative Professionals
Learn to interpret and analyse situations, procedures and structures within higher education institutions in relation to ethical standards.
Starting date: 20 September 2021
Registration: Open - Freemium Model
Interreligious Cooperation for Peace- Part B
Discover the role of culture bound to self-identity and social norms, as well as its potential to create an enabling environment for exchange, and eventually for change. 
Starting date: 18 October 2021
Registration: Open - Freemium Model

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Library - Access to Knowledge

Book of the month: New Paths and Policies towards Conflict Prevention
This book explores the discourse on conflict prevention and peace-building by bringing together researchers from China and Switzerland over a series policy dialogues. 
New collection: Peace-building and Conflict Resolution
Through this interdisciplinary collection, the Library offers an important contribution to global peace ethics, covering a wide range of political, social, cultural, economic and religious perspectives of peace-building.

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Publications - Read everywhere

Règlement judiciaire des conflits électoraux: Précis de droit comparé africain

Ambroise Katambu Bulambo

Résilience et transformation des conflits dans les États des Grands Lacs africains

Bosco Muchukiwa Rukakiza


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Events - Coming soon ...

UN SDG Goal 3.3 on Ending Epidemics by 2030: how can CSR help us get there?
When: 19 May 2021
Where: Online 
What: Meet-up


Blue Ethics: Ethics and Democracy
When: 19 May 2021
Where: Online 
What: Online Webinar 
Résilience et transformation des conflits dans les États des Grands Lacs africains 
When: 21 May 2021
Where: Online 
What: Book launch 


Network Updates

Higher Education - Ethics Model of Excellence Tool has taken another major step forward in the development of a Higher Education- Ethics Model of Excellence Tool (HE-EMET) to support academic institutions in strengthening their capacity to manage ethics effectively.

The right to vote, a universal right Publications has released a new publication in the African Law series entitled, 'Règlement judiciaire des conflits électoraux: Précis de droit comparé africain' and organised an online and onsite book launch at the Catholic University of Congo. 

United People Global Learning Lab Executive Director, Obiora Ike participated in the United People Global Learning Lab, and focused his intervention on the philosophical and ethical frameworks and foundation of our human experience. "Even in democracy, people want to opt out"

Building Back Better: Spring Board Meeting 2021

"The pandemic has shown us how interconnected and interdependent we are—if we want to build back better, we will have to work together for our common future." Board member Asha Kanwar set the tone of the Spring Board meeting with her opening reflection.


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