Integrating Ethics in Technical Education for Sustainable Development
The contemporary epoch of a knowledge society requires a new approach to understanding of knowledge which is different from what was basic during the modern era up to now. The goal of knowledge societies is to foster peace and sustainability. It is imperative that strategies for action ensure that decisions at all levels promote the integration of knowledge within people's lives in ways that maximize the benefits and minimize harms, taking into account the goals of environmental protection, inclusive social equity and justice. Engineering and management are important and learned professions, which have a direct and vital impact on life of all people. They have to be conscious of the fact that by using available technologies it is possible to provide abundance for all human beings, but if not rationally applied may tend to completely destroy life on Earth. They must perform under a standard of professional behaviour that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. They should also contribute to environmental protection and to sustaining the balance in nature. To be an engineer or a manager of a high quality one has to study, not only engineering and management, but also values and ethics. This paper aims to reflect upon the need to integrate ethical studies to reorient curriculum, programs and practices to address sustainability at institutions of technical education. It is also proposed that embracing sustainability in the curriculum will teach students make intelligent choices that will enhance their understanding and a wider appreciation of their role as a professional for sustainability of society.