Governance

Ethics in Higher Education

Divya Singh and Christoph Stückelberger (2017)

Higher education is leadership education. The values and virtues practised in universities heavily influence the 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.

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Identifying the training needs of heads of department in a newly established university in Vietnam

Thi Lan Huong Nguyen (2012)

Although middle-level academic managers really need training in order to perform their roles adequately in the very changing context of higher education, little formal training is provided, particularly in less developed countries. This paper identifies the training needs of Heads of Department in a newly established university in Vietnam as a first step in preparing a professional development program for them that might fill this gap. Through document analysis and interviews with 24 participants, the study finds that the Heads of Department have the most critical training needs in generic management knowledge and skills, the roles of the Heads of Department, English language proficiency, research methods skills and practice. They also have a need to improve their communication and planning skills. These results both confirm and contradict previous studies on Department Heads' training needs from developed Western universities. The paper concludes that the Department Heads' training needs are both context-based and competencies-biased.

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