Details about Ethics in Higher Education: Values-driven Leaders for the Future
Higher education is leadership education. The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence future leaders. Many institutions of higher education show excellence not only in academic subjects, as green campuses, with manifold ethics curricula and in their community engagement, but also in the value-orientation of the Board and teaching staff as well as students. But, additionally, in many universities and schools around the world, fundamental values and virtues are violated: cheating, plagiarism, unethical research, nepotism in staff recruitment, corruption in exams, sexual harassment or simply the lack of ethics curricula give then the signal to the future leaders that ‘this is how the world functions’ and only with unethical behaviour can one achieve professional success.
Ethics in Higher Education is a fascinating compilation of 19 articles written by authors from eight countries and five continents. The articles are grouped into four sections: (1) Values in higher education, (2) Responsible Leadership, (3) Education Topics and (4) Open and Distance Education. This fourth topic, and the fact that a part of the authors come from South Africa, specifically shows the origin of this book: it is the fruit of the 26th ICDE World Conference, organised by the International Council for Open and Distance Education ICDE with the University of South Africa UNISA in Johannesburg, held in Sun City in South Africa from 14-16 October 2015 under the theme “Growing Capacities for sustainable Distance E-learning Provision”.