It becomes increasingly recognized that corruption in the higher education sector marks an immense societal challenge. The workshop on Coruption in Higher Education that took place at the University of Duisburg Essen in July 2018, with the financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) entailed diverse perspectives from Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. During the workshop, young academics as well as professionals worked together to develop recommendations for a code of conduct for their respective country or universities.
The workshop consisted of two parts:
I. Visit of European Institutions that set standards in good governance, higher education or research, such as the European Commission (European Anti-Fraud Office and Directorate General for Education and Culture), the European Research Council, and the European Parliament Committee on Education and Culture (Brussels offices).
II. Workshop in Essen, where the participants will process the obtained information in working groups as well as gain additional insight from researchers on corruption in higher education. As a result, the participants will develop recommendations (Code of conduct) for higher education institutions on how to establish a level “playing field” across all phases of higher education.
Invited speakers at the event were:
Igor Ciurea, secretary general of the National Youth Council of Moldova since 2015
Katja Hinz, Associate Research Officer, International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO)
Natia Kantaria, PR expert, Program on Promoting Equal Access to the Rule of Law, East-West Management Institute (PROLoG), Georgia
Nils Köbis, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Amsterdam School of Economics, Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision making (CREED) at the University of Amsterdam
Tomasz Kobylański, Expert on anti-discrimination education
Konstantin Kyrychenko, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Head of International Affairs Department of the Sumy State University
Muriel Poisson, task manager of UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)’s project on Ethics and Corruption in Education
Artem Shaipov, Legal Specialist, Task Leader on Legal Education Reform for the USAID New Justice Program in Ukraine
Kateryna Simak, PhD Candidate in Pedagogics at the National University of Ostroh Academy, Ostroh, Ukraine.
Mariia Symonova, Co-founder of the NGO “Chysti vyshi”
If you want to learn about the workshop, how to implement codes of ethics and join the discussions you can find more information provided by our colleagues from ETICO UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning:
- The ETICO News presenting the Essen workshop How to develop successful codes of ethics for higher education institutions?
- The ETICO Blogpost written highlighting the main outcomes of the discussions around Fairplay and equal chances at Higher Education Institutions: Diverse perspectives from Georgia, Germany, Moldova and Ukraine
Dr. Viktoriya Sokolova
Prof. Dr. Matthias Epple