Although tertiary students agree that ethics should be introduced into the university curriculum, only 10 per cent say they will opt for it should it become a subject. This was revealed in a report compiled by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to assess young people's views on ethics in the workforce. About 900 students from Hong Kong's seven universities and some 500 working youths were interviewed for the survey. According to Janet Wong Wing-chen, ICAC Director of Community Relations, 72 per cent of respondents said the universities should introduce ethics as part of their study programmes. 'But only 14.3 per cent said they would select an ethics-related subject after completing all their other compulsory and elective subjects,' Ms Wong said. About 73 per cent of the working youths (between the age of 18 and 35 with five years' work experience) felt the ethics training they received in school was inadequate for handling the various moral dilemmas they came up against. The survey, which was conducted by Alan Tse, Department of Marketing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, also showed that more than half of the respondents (52.9 per cent) in the university group gave working youths a low or very low rating for ethical thinking, and a mere 5.8 per cent gave them a high-to-very-high score. Interestingly, in the working youth group, 41.2 per cent rated 'ethical sense' in their own category as low or very low. A majority of the working youths (83.3 per cent) felt that work ethics standards among young people were deteriorating, while 15.7 per cent thought they were improving. More than half (54.6 per cent) of the university students said they would refuse bribes because they 'contravened the law', while 34.4 per cent said it would 'be unethical' to accept a bribe. The report findings have prompted the ICAC to call for greater ethical training at tertiary level as well as in primary and secondary schools, and even in kindergartens. The ICAC is currently working on a 'good citizenship' learning kit for youth aged 12 to 18.