The Poznan Declaration
What is the Poznan Declaration?
It is a formal statement aimed at mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption in higher education. The document was unanimously adopted last September by the member universities of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and has subsequently been endorsed by the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), and the World University Consortium (WUC).
Implementing it is a first important step for higher education in joining governments, businesses and civil society in the global fight against corruption. And it is high time to do so.
How can my institution endorse it?
If you consider that your university could endorse the Poznan Declaration and thus be among its signatories, fill in this Expression of Interest document and send it signed, sealed and scanned to Mr Marcus Tannenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. After receiving your expression of interest, we will soon approach your university to discuss options regarding how to implement the Declaration’s recommendations.
Implementation of the Poznan Declaration
Recognizing the free and independent nature of universities, there is no one-size-fits-all way on how to implement the recommendations of the Poznan Declaration. We believe that the most important part is to get teaching, researching and administrative personnel interested in the initiative, and to start to talk about it. By discussing, for example, what impartiality means in terms of teaching, grading, hiring etc., and how this can be transparent, the process has already begun.
In addition, teachers themselves are likely to have ideas on how ethics and anti-corruption can be integrated in within their courses, and we are sure that once the interest has been raised there will be a surge in innovative ways in doing this.
That being said, there is no need to reinvent the wheel, and there’s much to be gained through cooperation and best practice sharing, which we will facilitate through the upcoming “Poznan Declaration forum”, where material can be shared and discussed.
Below you will find a few links on examples on data, case studies, eLearning-tools, as well as links to legislations and conventions that can serve as a basis for the implementation. The list will be continuously updated with new material.
We are aware that most teaching staff typically experience that the curricula is already full and that time and resources are scarce. It is important, however, to point out that mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption can be done without adding additional burden to the curricula, by integrating it within already existing material.
Furthermore, it is clear that there is a demand from business, government and civil society alike, for more ethically aware and critically thinking graduates, and it’s time for institutions of higher education to meet this demand.
- The Poznan Declaration (PDF) - In English | In Italian
- Expression of interest to endorse it (.doc)
- Integrity Action Network – Global Classroom Online aimed at promoting access to and use of integrity-related materials among higher education faculty and students and others interested in these topics.
- Quality of Government Institute – Interactive data-visualization tool that can help initiate students to the relationships between trust, social capital, corruption, health and development, and an additional 800 variables.
- Markkula Center for Applied Ethics – Has a collection of case studies on ethical dilemmas for students in numerous fields.
- Penn State CollegeOffers a collection of case studies specifically applicable for engineering students
- Business Anti-Corruption Portal – Offers free anti-bribery and eLearning tools, as well as discusses all major international and country specific anti-corruption legislation.
- International Association of Universities and the Magna Charta Observatory offer substantial Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics in Higher Education. Enacting and adhering to such code would help institutions to not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk.
Conventions and legislation:
The Poznan Declaration in the media
- Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Research Network. “Mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption in higher education: the Poznan Declaration”
- QS Asia News 2 WOW U. “Mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption in higher education”
- Times Higher Education. "University consortium calls for the academy to join the fight against global corruption".
- University World News. "Role of universities in the fight against corruption".
- European Association of International Education’s Winter Forum Magazine 2014 "Fighting corruption – an ethical education for all".
- YES European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs "Mainstreaming ethics and anti-corruption in higher education".