Vision, Mission and Values

Transforming Societies through Ethics in Higher Education  



We believe that the sharing and living of values and virtues contributes to building sustainable, just and peaceful societies. We recognise the essential dignity of each person and the value of non-human beings and ecosystems.

VISION (Where we want to be)

We envision a world in which people and especially leaders are educated in, informed by and act according to ethical values and thus contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals.

MISSION (What we do to get to our vision) as a centre of excellence in ethics in higher education:

  • promotes values-driven transformation for sustainable development through responsible leadership;
  • seeks to embed ethics in the governance of higher education institutions and in education across disciplines as a core subject;
  • empowers higher education institutions, teachers, students and professionals by providing programmes and resources that develop capacity knowledge, skills and life-long learning in ethics;
  • contributes to the achievement of Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships for the goals) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with its focus on ethics in higher education.

VALUES (What we bring to the mission)

Responsibility: We strengthen responsible decisions and actions in private, professional and public life.
Sharing: We promote the mutual sharing of global and contextual ethical concerns and perspectives.
Respect: We respect and affirm the dignity of every person and the diversity of cultures, religions and life orientations.
Inclusion: We are engaged in overcoming exclusion of the marginalized and we are for inclusive, participatory societies.
Justice/Fairness: We promote equality and justice especially in access to resources and we support gender equality and balance.
Integrity: We are committed to integrity, honesty, openness, transparency and accountability which build trust.