Promoting Quality Ethics Education

Education is the best way to promote the universal principles of bioethics

Bioethics Core Curriculum

The Bioethics Core Curriculum (containing two sections: the Syllabus Ethics Education Programme and the Study Materials) is designed to introduce and reinforce bioethics education in universities worldwide. It is based on the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, as a flexible pedagogical tool that can be introduced in any cultural or religious setting. Developed by multicultural committee of experts in ethics education, it articulates universally shared ethical principles without imposing a particular model or a specific view of bioethics.

UNESCO and its global partners developed supplemental materials that offer additional content on specific principles – such as the Casebook on Human Dignity and Human Rights and the Casebook on Benefit and Harm.

Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC)

The ETTC builds the capacities of ethics educators on the methodology and pedagogy behind ethics teaching, to improve the quality of ethics education in their countries. Following are some highlights of the course:

  • An intensive five-day training involving 20 to 30 participants from around the world;
  • Delivered by an international team of leading ethics education experts, including those from the host country;
  • A typical participant profile: master’s degree or higher in relevant fields (such as law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, and social sciences), a current university affiliation (with teaching experience or plans to engage in teaching), and good command of English;
  • No tuition fee for selected applicants.

ETTCs planned in 2019:

Past ETTCs organized by UNESCO Jakarta Office:

UNESCO Jakarta Office will deliver several ETTC in Asia and the Pacific region in 2019.

For individuals that want to attend ETTC or institutions that are interested in using the Bioethics Core Curriculum in their academic programmes, please contact the SHS Unit at UNESCO Jakarta Office (Mr. Irakli Khodeli: i.khodeli(at)


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