After the wrap-up of the Best of Michael Johnston seminar and the first IACA alumni reunion, students of the Summer Academy bid their farewells on Saturday afternoon. “This has been the professional opportunity of a lifetime,” commented Narelle Willingham, Detective/Inspector at the Victoria Police, Australia.
“Having access to professionals and experts from around the world was priceless. The amazing network and lifelong friendships have been a bonus.”
Sixty-five students from 46 countries were at the IACA campus from 3 to 12 July, in search of viable ingredients to bridge the gap between theory and practice. With the intention to expose them to the practitioner as well as the policy and academic aspects, the curriculum offered a close look at the hottest topics in anti-corruption.
Participants had a chance to hear from 20 international experts, examine corruption through an interdisciplinary lens, draw on the best of all sectors, and profit from the knowledge and experiences of their diverse peers. Apart from lectures and group work, the Summer Academy offered two roundtables, focusing on corruption in sports and extractive industries this time around.
In between the condense schedule that came with the programme, students also had time to relax and explore – a tour of Vienna one afternoon and of the Wachau another.
The feedback received from those who attended has been overwhelmingly positive. “Thank you IACA for this most precious knowledge,” Kamal Mammadov, a compliance officer from Azerbaijan expressed. “Keep educating and connecting for a better, safer, and corruption-free world”.
The Summer Academy will be back again next year. The programme is co-sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.