Institute of Ethics

Dr. Luswata Albert

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In the year 2015, the Institute of Ethics (IE) was established to replace the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies (IEDS). The new Institute of Ethics was tasked with pursuing a more appealing and vibrant approach to ethics teaching, research, and community outreach. It was expected to innovatively build sound ethics infrastructure to impact beyond local level to national and international engagement.

Prior to the establishment of the Institute of Ethics in 2015 was the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies (IEDS). At the de-establishment of IEDS, Development Studies was relocated, as a Department, to the newly established School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS). The Institute of Ethics and Development Studies (IEDS) was established in 1993 at the inception of UMU. It was envisaged by the founders that graduates of Uganda Martyrs University should have mastered and internalized moral living for integration with the skills they bring to their professional work and to community service.

The mandate of the Institute of Ethics is to advance the mission of Uganda Martyrs University, which is derived from a Christian understanding of a person. We are committed to developing an integral person by providing quality higher education within an environment which is conducive to producing professionals of varying academic competencies, with critical and creative abilities, who will contribute to the betterment of society guided by ethical values.

The Institute of Ethics introduced a Master of Arts in Bioethics Programme. The pioneer students started classes in August 2017. The programmes is partially supported by the African Centre for Agro-ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE).

The Uganda National Commission for UNESCO has entrusted the Institute of Ethics with the task of providing guidance towards the formation of a National Bioethics Committee. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights encourages member states to develop independent, pluralistic, and multidisciplinary ethics committees to assess, provide advice, recommend, foster debate, create awareness, and educate.

We are currently well positioned to influence the national ethics agenda through ethics/bioethics education, consultancy, advocacy, research and publication. To ensure the sustainability of these activities, our Bioethics students have established a not for profit bioethics organization by the names of Bioethics Development Foundation (BIDEFO)

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Dr. Luswata Albert

Dip. Phil & RS (Kat); BA Phil (MAK); BA Theol. (Urbaniana); MA (Urbaniana); PhD (Lateran) View Profile


Programme Duration Study time
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2 Years PT


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