First UNESCO Ethics Teachers Training Course Organized in Macao by KWNC

(2017-07-31)
  • Members of UNESCO and KWNC Leadership at the opening ceremony of "Ethics Teachers Training Course"

  • Chair of the Board of Directors of KWNC Mr. Lau Veng Seng recognizes the importance of this course to Macao

  • Director of the Tertiary Education Services Office Sou Chio Fai supports the in-ternationalization of local tertiary institutions

  • Officer in Charge of UNESCO's Beijing Office and Programme Specialist Ms. Eunice Smith is very satisfied with the students' performance

  • Guest lecturers use innovative teaching to facilitate students' learning

It was an honour for Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) to organize the very first UNESCO Ethics Teachers Training Course (ETTC) in Macao on 18 to 21 July, 2017 at the Main Campus of KWNC. A total of 20 students were selected for the course by UNESCO. Officer in Charge of UNESCO's Beijing Office and Programme Specialist Ms. Eunice Smith and Chair of the Board of Directors of KWNC Mr. Lau Veng Seng hoped that through the lectures and sharing of international experts in this course, students can be inspired to explore more effective resource and pedagogy applications when delivering bioethics and scientific ethics.

The four-day training course was jointly organized by UNESCO and KWNC, where the opening ceremony took place in the morning of 18 July, 2017. At the ceremony, Chair Lau expressed that this course is of great importance to Macao as ethical issues are not only faced by medical and health care personnel or teachers but also to every individual in the community owing to the dramatic social and economic growth nowadays. Ms. Smith pointed out the major roles of UNESCO in assisting their members to further develop in bioethics through promoting the bioethics system of United Nations, establishing international and inter-governmental bioethics committees as well as developing world bioethics, declaration of human rights and other legal provisions. She also hoped that students can apply what is learnt from this course to their life and that more sessions of this course can be run in Macao in the future. 

This training course is the third session being run in the land of China by UNESCO. Professor Pascale Rangoni, Professor Leonardo de Castro and KWNC Professor Tsang Sau Mui were invited to be the lecturers of this round. More than 20 participants working for the health care industry, higher education institution or social science profession from China, Hong Kong and Macao took part in this course. During the four-day training, different ways of teaching including presentation, group discussion, scenario teaching were adopted to facilitate students' learning in terms of teaching resource and pedagogy applications. Students were also assessed and given feedback regarding their teaching skills.

KWNC Lecturer Cheong Pak Leng was one of the participants of this course and she expressed that the course was very interesting and attractive. Guest lecturers applied international cases as the teaching materials, through which complicated ethical issues in real life were brought up, leading participants from different backgrounds to share their views interactively. Furthermore, the innovative teaching methods applied by the lecturers have also given her useful references for her future teaching so as to elevate the learning motivation and interaction with her students.  

The closing ceremony of the "Ethics Teachers Training Course" took place in the afternoon of 21 July, where Director of the Tertiary Education Services Office Sou Chio Fai expressed his gratitude to UNESCO and KWNC for the organization and guidance of ethical development in Macao. With the establishment of new higher education law in Macao, Tertiary Education Services Office will continue to support the development of tertiary institutions at the same time strengthen the connection with international organizations to achieve the objective of internationalization. 

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