The Director-General of UNESCO signed an agreement with the Rector of the Haifa University, Israel, with the objective of establishing a UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at University of Haifa on June 24th 2001. Its objective was to “coordinate and stimulate an International Network of Institutes for Medical Ethics Training, associating higher education institutes in both the developed and developing countries, and to develop an up-to-date syllabus for medical ethics education which will satisfy the requirements of medical schools in the world.” As this agreement between UNESCO and the University of Haifa expired in 2021, the Chair became an independent international organization.
The Chair is a voluntary international organization with the objective and vision “to create, produce, develop and promote the education and training of medical ethics in particular, and of bioethics in general, in the field of health.”
The International Chair in Bioethics is today recognized by leading international organizations. ICB has also signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the World Medical Association (WMA) as well as with other international bodies.
Institute of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (IAIS), Aluva, hosts a unit of the International Chair in Bioethics since July 2022. As a unit of ICB, IAIS assists in materialising the vision of the Chair through education, teaching and training of medical ethics and bioethics in the field of health. In carrying out its mission, IAIS has fostered a collaboration with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Loyola College, Trivandrum and the FEDAR Foundation, Manathavady. Apart from the various commitments to bioethics through seminars and courses, IAIS collaborates with the Asia-Pacific Bioethics Chair, Melbourne and South India Unit & Bioethics SAARC Nodal Centre at Amrita Insitute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, in the organisation of the M.Sc Programme in Bioethics and Health Laws.
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