Quality Education: Why should academic integrity be practiced?

Best Practice Annual Conference and award ceremony
Strasbourg and online 7 December 2021
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Quality Education: Why should academic integrity be practiced?

On the eve of the International Anti-Corruption Daythe Council of Europe will reward best practices in promoting academic integrity. The event will bring together over 100 participants and will enable government representatives, academic community, students, and other interested professionals to see some good examples of how higher education institutions are putting in place tools and mechanisms to promote and strengthen ethics, transparency and integrity in education.

Higher education cannot be of high quality, it cannot promote societal values, and it cannot educate the next generations unless all actors in education themselves practice academic integrity. Higher education’s credibility depends on integrity.  The Council of Europe has worked for decades to promote and ensure quality education which must be free of corruption. The platform to promote ethics, transparency and integrity (ETINED Platform) has been established to propose a new approach based on the idea that quality education will only be achieved, and corruption effectively addressed, if all relevant sectors of society commit fully to fundamental positive ethical principles.

This is also the logic behind the Council of Europe’s new Best Practice Programme in Promoting Academic Integrity. It has been set up to reward institutions and academics whose promotion of academic integrity can serve as an example and inspiration for others.

The first call for best practices attracted 46 higher education institutions from 23 member States. Each practice was assessed according to six criteria: stakeholder participation, values-based, efficiency, effectiveness, replicability, and sustainability.

The Dilemma Game App developed by the Erasmus University Rotterdam, has been selected as the best practice of this first 2021 cycle. The practice is intended for researchers, including those who find themselves faced with dilemmas, and through critical dialogue helps in further developing and strengthening their own “moral compass”.

The Annual Conference including the award ceremony will also provide a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the Dilemma Game App and other nine commended practices and will provide a forum for discussion and the sharing of knowledge.

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