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Join the launch of the new Compassionate Integrity Training- Self-Directed Learning (CIT-SDL) Course Developed with UNESCO MGIEP

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) has partnered with UNESCO MGIEP (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) and the Charter for Compassion to offer a global self-directed online version of CIT accompanied by MasterClass interactive sessions with CIT facilitators throughout. In this course, you will learn techniques to calm the body and mind to better deal with stressful situations, as well as skills such as empathy, mindfulness, forgiveness, gratitude, and compassion to better equip us to thrive as individuals and contribute towards the development of peaceful and sustainable societies. Join us online as we roll out this new course. Watch the video to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

About the Course

CIT was developed by the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics at Life University (USA) and covers a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems. UNESCO MGIEP has partnered with Life University to develop a self-directed/self-paced version of CIT on MGIEP’s indigenously development online learning platform, FramerSpace, and provides support for learners through a dedicated CIT Community of Practice including live Masterclasses and Q&A sessions, and full-featured discussion forums. Enrollments for the course are currently open. Those who enroll in the course will be automatically eligible to take the full CIT course free of cost as we add new modules between now and late 2020.

Explore this section to learn more about the CIT course, duration and format as well as expected assessments and certifications.

Course Introduction

Compassionate integrity refers to the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity. Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a resiliency-informed program that helps in cultivating human values as skills so we can thrive as individuals and society. The original blended course has been taken by thousands of people in over fifty countries around the world.

Course Duration

This course is a three-part online learning program that one can complete at one’s own pace. It includes practices that include reflective writing, contemplative journaling exercises and guided audio practices, which assist in helping one master the skills. The course will take approximately 40 hours to complete.


There are no assignments or tests in CIT. At the end of the course, participants will be awarded a Course Completion certificate jointly by UNESCO MGIEP and Life University.

What's in it for you?

CIT is appropriate for anyone interested in participating in a resiliency-informed course that helps in cultivating greater self-compassion, compassion for others and compassionate systems.

University Students

Learners / Students

Are you a student of a college or university and feel stressed out with the existing coursework and other demands? Enroll in CIT to learn how you can regulate your emotions to better deal with stress and anxiety, improve your grades, and acquire global in-demand skills in socio-emotional learning.

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Teachers / Educators

Do you feel overwhelmed managing daily school tasks while preparing coursework and marking assignments? Would you like to share self-regulation and compassion skills with your students? CIT will provide you with skills to help cope with the daily stress of being a teacher educator and bring more compassion into your school.


Working professionals

Do you want to remain calm during stressful workplace interactions? Do you want to learn techniques to create a healthy work-life balance? CIT is designed for young people to help them manage and regulate emotions, better their relationships at home and work and develop better-focusing abilities. As a working professional, if you believe these are skills you could benefit from, CIT is for you.

Course Topics

CIT commences with a Foundational module, followed by a three series covering ten skills. The series cover a variety of topics ranging from Self-Cultivation, Relating to Others and Engaging in Systems. Explore this section to learn more about these topics and the skills-set they will help cultivate.


Series I: Self-cultivation

The first step toward improving relationships with others and making a positive impact in communities is developing an increased level of personal well-being. A greater degree of inner calm, self-control, emotional intelligence and self-compassion benefits oneself, while also providing a firm foundation upon which to build pro-social skills. In CIT, we call this process of self-consciously working to increase these types of personal skills and well-being “Self-Cultivation.”

Skills: Calming Body and Mind, Ethical Mindfulness, Emotional Awareness, and Self-Compassion.


Series II: Relating to Others

Based on the skills in Series I, which focused on developing an awareness of oneself and the cultivation of genuine compassion for oneself, Series II turns to focus outward in order to improve relationships with others. This involves examining how we interact with others so that we avoid actions and attitudes that may cause harm and cultivate the actions and attitudes that help others.

Skills: Impartiality and Common Humanity, Forgiveness and Gratitude, Empathetic Concern, Compassion.


Series III: Engaging in Systems

Compassion by itself is not enough for ethical and effective decision-making; it must be conjoined with critical thinking and an understanding of reality. Gaining insight into the interdependent nature of our reality can be empowering and can lead to a deeper connection with others and the world around us. Practicing critical thinking guided by the context of our values, interdependence and our common humanity is the best guarantee for a more fulfilling, happy life for ourselves and others.

Skills: Appreciating Interdependence, Engaging with Discernment.


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Based in New Delhi, the Institute was formally announced in November 2012 by the President of India and the Director-General of UNESCO. It is the first UNESCO specialized education institute in India, and the first Category 1 institute in the Asia-Pacific region. The role of the Institute will be to support member governments, provide advocacy, commission research and enhance capacity building. The Institute will also act as a clearing house for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Peace Education. One of its key functions will also be to establish networks and partnerships on ESD and Peace Education. To that effect, the Institute will develop a global database and an interactive portal for ESD and Peace Education, engaging with youth in particular.

The mission of Life University is to empower each student with the education, skills and values to maximize the perfection within, based upon a vitalistic philosophy.

Life University is committed to a global vision and excellence in teaching, learning and research, providing an exceptional student experience leading to a life of Integrity and Lasting Purpose.

Life University’s guiding principle is Lasting Purpose: To live an inner-directed life, to give, to do, to love, to serve, out of your own abundance. Life University believes that a willingness and desire to serve your community and your fellow man are just as important as academic pursuits. This attitude stems from the recognition that each individual has been given certain gifts, and as a citizen in the world community, it is your duty to give, to do, to love, to serve, out of your own abundance.

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems, CIT focuses on and builds towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness, and reciprocity. Unlike some definitions of integrity that focus on mere consistency with one’s values, without examining what those values are, compassionate integrity insists that consistency with one’s values is not enough if those values promote harm to oneself, others, or the world. Instead, maintaining and increasing consistency with one’s values is most beneficial when they are values that promote one’s own well-being as well as that of others. As to what those values are and how we understand them, this is arrived at by investigating and examining things for oneself, using common sense, common experience, and science. Compassionate integrity is, therefore, not something achieved merely as a result of wishful thinking or force of will, but rather as the result of building up knowledge, understanding, and a set of concrete skills. Because compassionate integrity is what guards against actions that compromise the well-being of oneself and others, cultivating it in one’s life and in one’s community directly impacts individual and collective flourishing.

For more information email Info@CompassionateIntegrity.org or visit https://compassionateIntegrity.org.

Charter for Compassion provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide. Our mission is to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion through concrete, practical action in a myriad of sectors.