Yesterday saw the official opening of IACA’s eighth Summer Academy, one of the organization’s annual flagship training programmes for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world.
This year IACA has welcomed participants from some 40 countries and all regions to its Laxenburg campus for the training, which runs until 6 July. The diverse group consists of professionals from international organizations and the public and private sectors.
Under the theme of “Practice meets Science”, participants will develop and deepen their existing anti-corruption knowledge, learning from one another and gaining new insights into addressing and preventing corruption.
Over a dozen expert lecturers, from countries including Austria, China (SAR HK), Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Uganda, and the United States of America will address topics such as online investigation, good governance, ethics and compliance, public procurement, global and regional approaches to anti-corruption, and economic theory.
Welcoming the participants, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, said “the Summer Academy encapsulates what IACA is all about - bringing together anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world and exposing them to different opinions. I encourage you to use the time to network, discuss with professionals and practitioners, share your experiences, and make friends among peers. Let’s have a great week!”
The training opens with teambuilding exercises, and in addition to intensive in-class sessions other highlights include a round-table discussion on corruption in sports, a tour of Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse, an excursion to the beautiful Wachau region, and a festive closing ceremony.
During the week, Summer Academy participants will have excellent networking opportunities with students from IACA’s International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) programme, participants in the Best of Seminar featuring Professor Tina Søreide of the Norwegian School of Economics and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty (3 – 4 July), and IACA alumni who will gather in Laxenburg for the fifth annual Alumni Reunion (5 – 6 July). At the end of the week, participants will join IACA’s alumni network of over 1,600 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 150 countries and jurisdictions.
The opening ceremony of the Summer Academy coincided with an Open Day at IACA’s campus that gave residents of the surrounding communities the chance to learn more about the organization.
Also this summer, IACA will host participants in the fifth Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (9 – 13 July) and the sixth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training (16 Jul - 17 Aug, of which one week is at IACA), as well as the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class of 2017 – 2019.
September will see further IACA programmes including an anti-corruption training for representatives of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states, a Regional Summer Academy for participants from East and Southeast Asia, and a seminar on Compliance Technology. Updates on all these activities will be published on IACA’s website and social media platforms.