19.07.2017 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Ethics Teachers Training Course held in Macau


The Macau Ethics Teachers Training Course (ETTC) organized by the UNESCO Office in Beijing and hosted by the Kiang Wu Nursing College was opened in Macau, China, on 18 July 2017, with some 20 participants from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Speaking on behalf of the Kiang Wu Nursing College, Lau Veng Seng, Chairperson of Board of Directors, noted that this is the first time that such a training course has been organized in Macau. He noted that although Macau was a small community, it is fast growing and so the ETTC is being held at a very timely juncture.

In her opening remarks, Eunice Smith, UNESCO Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, welcomed the facilitators and participants, and thanked the Kiang Wu Nursing College for hosting the ETTC. She explained UNESCO’s leading role in bioethics in the United Nations system, and introduced the International Bioethics Committee and the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee, as well as the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and other legal instruments available to help Member States navigate the area of bioethics.

The ETTC is designed as a master class for confirmed and future teachers to enhance their teaching abilities within the field of ethics and bioethics. The Macau ETTC was facilitated by Professors Leonardo DeCastro from the Philippines; Alice Tsang of Macau; and Pascale Rangoni from France.  

Guest speaker, Dr. Ma, Director of Kiang Wu Hospital of Macau engaged with participants on Day One in a discussion on some of the ethical challenges and dilemmas faced in health care in Asia. It focused primarily on providing participants with pedagogical skills for teaching and cases in Bioethics and the Ethics of Science and Technology. Participants were given an opportunity to share their own teaching techniques with the group and the facilitators.  

The Macau ETTC is the third such training organized by UNESCO in China to help reinforce teaching capacities.  The first ETTC in China was held in Shenzhen in October 2015, and a second was organized in Beijing in November 2016.

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