University of South Africa Pioneering Ethics in Higher Education
As a Founding Member of the Globethics Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education and alert by the critical role of higher education institutions (HEI) in fostering students to not only be well educated but also to be values-driven citizens and leaders, the University of South Africa (UNISA), in the person of the Vice Chancellor, approached Globethics.net and expressed a strong interest in having Globethics.net Ethics for Institutions Programme on Ethics in Higher Education to be delivered to their institution.
Globethics.net's team of experts and UNISA's Head of the Fraud Office conducted an event during the 25–28 September 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. The event consisted of an induction workshop followed by a Training-of-Trainers workshop.
A group of 40 Ethics Ambassadors and Ethics Champions from UNISA, University of Technology of Cape Peninsula & Tschwane, University of Kwazulu-Natal and University of Zululand attended the training with the goal of enlarging their reflection and action to reinforce their existing Ethics Programme within their institution. The training workshop helped participants to reflect on issues from both a staff and an institutional point of view, and to understand the impact on the orientation of the students' lives, family, community and society.
Throughout the training the participants were exposed to a wide spectrum of ethical issues, challenges, dilemmas and good practices for HEIs. They were able to demonstrate what they learnt by developing their own local content and to tailor it to their own institution.
After the training one participant commented "I will suggest the programme to come every year as it awakes and bring more insight on ethics". Participants who attended the event also have the opportunity to become Certified Ethics Professionals through the Globethics.net online course ‘Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals'.
Globethics.net will keep on working closely with UNISA and other HEIs to create channels learning so that HEIs are able to build competence and talents among students to become responsible ethical leaders.