Texas A&M QatarTexas A&M Univesity at Qatar (TAMU-Q) hosts its second annual Ethics Week from Monday 1 April – Thursday 4 April 2013, welcoming international experts to TAMU-Q campus and the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center.

The event is organised by The Initiative in Professional Ethics (TIPE), which serves as an umbrella for all ethics related activities at TAMU-Q highlighting the university’s focus on ethics across all its curricula and academic programmes.

TIPE’s programmes incorporate international workshops and conferences on engineering ethics and inter-professional ethics. Ethics Week is TIPE’s largest programme and reaches out to the staff, faculty and students of TAMU-Q and Education City.

Ethics week was organised to create awareness about professional ethics among the local community to be able to confront everyday life and work conflicts, and to prepare people to face those situations with knowledge and understanding of their ethical responsibilities.

The week features activities including a guest lecture, ethics open forum café, faculty and student debate and a filming broadcast on the event’s last day.

Ethics Week begins today Monday 1 April 2013 with a lecture by Dr Charles Choguill, vice provost for Academic Affairs at Al Faisal University, Riyadh. He specialises in finding solutions to urban problems in the developing world and has taught at Harvard University, Middle East Technical University in Turkey, the University of Sheffield, UK, University of Illinois, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. Choguill has also carried out international advisory missions and research projects for the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, OECD, UN-Habitat, UNDP, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UK Overseas Development Administration, the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the European Commission and the Australian Agency for International Development. He is the Editor of Habitat International, the leading international academic journal focusing on human settlements. Choguill is professor emeritus of the University of Sheffield, and will be speaking on the Economic Development Industry: Moral Pitfalls on the Road to ‘Modernity’ at the forum. The lecture is held at lecture hall 238 at Texas A&M University from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

The Ethics Café will take place tomorrow Tuesday 2 April from 4:30 pm – 6 pm at Link Atrium at TAMU-Q. The Café will be an open forum for discussion on the topic ‘Ethics in the Professional Workplace’, the intricacies of professional ethics over coffee and snacks.

On Wednesday 3 April 2013, a Student Faculty Debate will take place, which is an integral event during the week in which two teams (faculty vs students) debate a topic that will be announced 20 minutes before the debate starts. Professors from other universities will be moderating the debate and awarding the best speaker and team awards. The debate will be held at lecture hall 238 at TAMU-Q from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Ethics Week event will conclude on Thursday 4 April 2013 with a movie night screening at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Center from 5 pm – 7:30 pm with speaker Dr Phillip W Gray, assistant professor of Liberal Arts at TAMU-Q, dissecting the ethical dilemmas of an audience favorite, Social Network.