Development of Ethics Education in Science and Technology in Technical Universities in China

Commentary on “Ethics ‘upfront’: Generating an Organizational Framework for a New University of Technology”
  • Qian Wang
  • Ping YanEmail author


In order to solve a series of problems brought about by rapid development of science and technology, it is necessary not only to conduct in-depth research on science and technology ethics, but also to strengthen ethics education in science and technology. China’s five technical universities (5TU) exemplify the specific situation and characteristics of ethics at Chinese technical universities, and can be compared to the situation in South Africa. China’s ethics education in the 5TU emphasizes the use of traditional ideological and cultural resources, and practical cases. The teaching methods focus on combining traditional Chinese ethics with foreign experience and teaching methods, aiming at cultivating students’ ability to solve specific problems in the real world. This paper also evaluates and reflects on the short-term and long-term effects of China’s ethics education in science and technology, revealing some special problems. Ethics education in science and technology at the 5TU is based on the principle of “unity of knowledge and behaviour”. It is hoped that China’s ethics education founded on traditional Chinese thought, can make a valuable contribution to the development of global engineering ethics.


Ethics of science and technology Education Technical universities 5TU China 



We thank Professor Jeroen van den Hoven for his generous and enlightening guidance, suggestions and review, Editor-in-chief Stephanie J. Bird and Editor Behnam Taebi for their review and editing work. This work is supported by the Major Research Project on Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education in China (Project No. 18JZD002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.School of Marxism StudiesDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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