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UESTC Hosts 2011 International Symposium on Administrative Ethics

published: 2011-11-03 20:19:15       hits: 

After holding the 2011 (7th) International Conference of Public Administration, UESTC again hosted one of its panel meetings—the International Symposium on Administrative Ethics from October 23 to 24.

This symposium was co-sponsored by UESTC, the American journal of Pbulic Integrity, the journal of Chinese Public Administration, International Society of Ethics, and Amsterdam Univeristy in the Netherlands, with the UESTC School of Politics and Public Administration as the organizer. The theme of the symposium was “Ethical Leadership: Problems, Challenges and orpotunities.” With its focus on both theory and practice, the symposium explored issues of administrative ethics confronting governments all over the world and their solutions.

The symposium had been designed as a small-scale, top-level academic meeting concentrating on a single topic. About 30 administrative ethicists from Mainland China, Chinese Taiwan, and countries like the USA, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and South Africa attended the symposium, which included the opening ceremony, keynote speeches, panel sessions and the closing ceremony.


At the opening ceremony, Vice-president Wang Houjun made a speech on behalf of the university, expressing his congratulations on the meeting of this symposium. He said that this symposium on administrative ethics was an in-depth extension of the theme of the ICPA 2011, and a creative exploration in the form of the conference. Administrative ethics, he added, was one of the common concerns for governments in the world, and therefore, there was a great significance in holding this symposium.

The opening and closing ceremonies were presided over by Prof. Zhu Xiaoning, Dean of School of Politics and Public Administration, UESTC, Prof. Donald C. Menzel, Chair of International Society of Ethics, and Prof. Zhao Shurong, Executive Chair of the symposium. Mr. James Bowman, professor of University of Florida and Editor-in-Chief of the American journal Public Integrity, Mr. James H. Svara, professor of State University of Arizona, and Mr. Shi Ruijie, professor and Deputy Party Secretary of Tianjin Normal University gave keynote speeches respectively. Twelve scholars delivered speeches at three separate panel sessions, centering around “Ethical Issues for Leaders and Organizations”, “Construction of Integral Organizations”, and Beyond the Ethical Bottom Lines”. Each of these speeches was followed by question-and-answer and discussion sessions.