Tuesday, 5 March, 2024 - 12:00

Book Launch: The Emergence of the Ethically-Engaged University


Date and time

Tuesday, March 5th at 12 PM UK Time. Online via Zoom. This event will last 110 minutes.


About this event

This stimulating online discussion event, hosted by ANGEL, marks the launch of the new book The Emergence of the Ethically-Engaged University edited by Emiliano Bosio and Gustavo Gregorutti. Emiliano and Gustavo, along with six of the book's contributors (Hans de Wit, Katherine Wimpenny, Lilian Ferrer, Yusef Waghid, David Killick, and Maria Manzon) will explore the book’s key themes and findings and address the questions:

  • What is an ‘Ethically-Engaged University’?
  • Why is it important to begin a discussion that brings contemporary academic debate about Ethically-Engaged University to academia and beyond?
  • How do educators in this book, located in the Global South and Global North, perceive the Ethically-Engaged University?

This event, planned by the editors, will be chaired by ANGEL Chair Doug Bourn.



This event is to be hosted via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed a link in the days before the event, and also 30 minutes before as a reminder. Time after the presentations will be given over to a Q&A with participants.


The book

The new twelve-chapter volume, published by Springer - Palgrave MacMillan, addresses queries regarding the role of the modern university, the type of individuals universities should look to develop in a contemporary society, and the relevance of globalization as well as how higher education institutions should define ‘ethical values and knowledge’. It presents a remarkable collection of theoretically and practically grounded chapters from internationally recognized scholars – located in both the Global North and the Global South – who have shared their perspectives on the role of the modern university as a public good institution ethically engaged in social transformation.


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Intended audience

This event, and the book itself, will be of interest to educators who are seeking to develop their theoretical understanding of ethical knowledge and values into higher education teaching practice, researchers and students who are new to concepts of ethical knowledge and values and who seek dynamic starting points for their research, and general audiences who are interested in learning more about the ‘ethically engaged university.’ This is a conceptualization of the university that makes a specific commitment to learners’ emancipation of the human spirit toward principles of global justice.



  • Emiliano Bosio (Editor) is an educator, author, and public intellectual. Dr. Bosio reads at Toyo University, Japan. He is the Editor of Conversations on Global Citizenship Education (Routledge), Co-Editor of Global Citizenship Education in the Global South (Brill), The Emergence of the Ethically Engaged University (Springer), Value-Creating Education (Routledge), and Guest Editor of UNESCO-IBE Prospects. Recent journal publications include Critical Pedagogy and Global Citizenship Education (with Henry Giroux), Critical and Global Citizenship Education at the Crossroads (with Carlos Alberto Torres), Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy and Critical Global Citizenship Education (with Peter McLaren), and Ethical Global Citizenship Education (with Hans Schattle).
  • Gustavo Gregorutti (Editor) is a Leadership and Higher Education Professor at Andrews University in Michigan, USA. Before this appointment, he has been a visiting professor at several Latin American universities, teaching and carrying out various research projects. He has published on faculty research productivity and organizational commitment to creating knowledge, mainly among private universities, at national and international levels. He is presently involved with several international teams to advance comparative research and emerging trends that promote a well-rounded person in universities.
  • Hans de Wit is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow and former director of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at Boston College, USA. Before, he was Director of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Vice-President for International Affairs of the University of Amsterdam. He is a Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (SAGE), consulting Editor of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education and Associate Editor of International Higher Education. He has (co)written books and articles on international education and is actively involved in consultancy for organisations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IAU.
  • Katherine Wimpenny is Professor of Research in Global Education and Theme Lead for 'Global Learning: Education without Boundaries’ within the Research Centre for Global Learning, Coventry University, UK. Katherine is Co-PI for ACES. She is researching a diversity of interweaving learning spaces to impact educational opportunities that can connect international learning communities and the university to its locale.
  • Lilian Ferrer is Professor and Vice President for International Affairs at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). She is a member of the American Academy of Nurses and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Past President of the Panamerican Nursing and Midwifery WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centers. Professor Ferrer holds an adjunct position at the University of Miami. As a tenured professor at UC Chile’s School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, she teaches health promotion and community development. Her research areas are the internationalization of higher education, gender minorities, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Dr. Ferrer has served as Director for Research, Graduate Studies, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center, and International Affairs in the School of Nursing. She has been very active in advancing nursing in the country and the region and implementing models for international collaboration through different global and regional academic networks. She chairs SACRU Working Group 2, which focuses on Catholic Identity and Laudato Si’. She is a member of the editorial board for peer-reviewed journals related to public health and nursing.
  • Yusef Waghid is Distinguished Professor of philosophy of education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is the author and co-author of Towards an Ubuntu University: African Higher Education Reimagined (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2022, with Zayd Waghid, Judith Terblanche, Faiq Waghid, Lester Shawa, Joseph Hungwe, Thokozani Mathebula & Foreword by Carlos Alberto Torres); Education, Crisis, and Philosophy: Ubuntu within Higher Education (Routledge, 2022); and Higher Teaching and Learning for Alternative Futures (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2021, with Zayd Waghid, Judith Terblanche & Faiq Waghid).
  • David Killick is Emeritus Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of several volumes on internationalization of the curriculum in higher education, with a focus on interculturality, global citizenship, critical education, inclusivity, and relationships.has worked in international higher education in the UK for over twenty-five years.
  • Maria Manzon is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Sophia University, Tokyo. She is a core faculty of the Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures. Her research includes comparative studies of education histories and investigations of the relationship between religion and education for sustainability. She has worked at the University of Hong Kong, the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and the Education University of Hong Kong. She is a member of SACRU Working Group 2, which focuses on Catholic Identity and Laudato Si’. Dr. Manzon is also a member of the History and Records Management Standing Committee of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) and has published several works, including Comparative Education: The Construction of a Field (Springer, 2011), Origins and Traditions in Comparative Education (Routledge, 2019), and Equity in Excellence: Experiences of East Asian High-Performing Education Systems (Springer, 2019).

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