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The Centre for Applied Ethics was formally inaugurated on 13 May 1992. It is the first of its kind to be established in China and one of the first in Asia. The development of ethical centres is urgently needed in Hong Kong as it is undergoing unprecedented rapid economic and socio-cultural changes. There is a real problem of ethical tension and disorientation. Although there are similar centres in Europe and North America, the results of their research are not always immediately useful to Asian societies in general and to Hong Kong in particular. At the same time, their social-ethical issues are not always the same as ours. The Centre, while seeking to formulate ethical solutions on the basis of universal principles, will be culturally sensitive in its endeavours.



  1. To stimulate critical thinking about fundamental ethical concerns in contemporary society
  2. To raise awareness of moral values
  3. To further strengthen the University’s commitment to research and whole person education



  1. The Centre is committed to research which covers the whole range of applied ethics. It is particularly concerned with different areas which are of high importance to our society, such as Bioethics and Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics etc.
  2. The Centre takes keen interest in avoiding any sort of ivory-tower mentality and making sure that its efforts benefit society and the public at large. This will be achieved by organizing symposia, conferences and individual lectures which are open to public, publishing research papers and articles in academic journals, and taking up ethical topics in newspapers.


Contact Us

Centre for Applied Ethics

Room 109E, 1/F, Tsuen Wan Campus,

Hong Kong Baptist University,

Riviera Gardens, 2-12 Yi Lok Street,

Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong


Tel: (852) 3411 7274

Fax: (852) 3411 5151