Fair Play and Equal Chances: Integrity and Ethical Standards at Higher Education Institutions in Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

In July 2018, a workshop with the goal of developing a set of guidelines on corruption prevention for higher education institutions took place in Brussels (Belgium) and Essen (Germany).

It was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and organised by Dr Viktoriya Sokolova and members of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society Prof. Matthias Epple, Oksana Huss and Oleksandra Keudel.

The workshop brought together young scientists and higher education professionals from various disciplines from Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In Brussels, they visited 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). In Essen, the participants received an input on integrity at higher education from the representatives of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) and participated in a simulation game for ethical commissions at a university, following the experience from the USA.

The main goal of the workshop was to jointly discuss the issues of integrity and ethical standards in higher education institutions in the four countries and develop a common vision of recommendations for university administrations, students, teachers and ministries of education of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The discussions resulted in a Resolution. The resolution is intended to be used as a source of further information on installing Codes of Ethics at universities as well as overall approach to integrity in education systems.

Learn more about the project here, and read a blog-post by Ana Moraru (Moldova), one of the participants on the ETICO, an online platform of IIEP-UNESCO, here.