On Saturday, 16 February 2013, thirty-one students from seventeen different countries arrived in Laxenburg for the first on-site module of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme. Following a welcome session in IACA’s ceremonial hall, participants were shown around the campus.
Many took this as an opportunity to chat with their fellow students for the very first time. The day ended with a welcome dinner, giving students the opportunity to get to know each other. Embodying the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, participants come from private businesses, the public sector, civil society, and international organizations. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean, states, “We are happy to welcome these students from nearly all continents here in Laxenburg. The experiences and the expertise that they are bringing from their daily work will surely make for lively debates throughout the courses and enrich their learning and networking experience altogether.”
During the first module, participants will analyze the concepts and theories of corruption from a wide array of angles. After Professor Vito Tanzi’s initial course “Introduction and conceptual considerations”, professor Nikos Passas will lecture on the sociological aspects of corruption. Towards the end of the first module, Professor Edward Spence will examine ethical and cultural dimensions of corruption, with Professor Celia Moore concluding the module with her course on the psychology of corrupt behavior. Students will reunite in Laxenburg on 6 May for the second on-site module.