Graduation of MACS Class 2018

IACA celebrated the graduation of its sixth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class in a festive ceremony on 9 December, the International Anti-Corruption Day. The graduation of the master’s classes is always a memorable and proud time for IACA.  This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was conducted in an interactive online format.

The new graduates come from 11 countries around the world: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, India, Malawi, Oman, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Their professional backgrounds are equally diverse; they work in government ministries, anti-corruption commissions, international organizations, private companies, law enforcement bodies, and NGOs.

Delivering his laudatio, Thomas Stelzer, the Dean of IACA, told the MACS graduates that they are “truly representing IACA’s international character”. In this regard, he urged them to play a leading role in the fight against corruption and in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals; through active participation in national and international initiatives. “Students should propagate their newly acquired knowledge in their organization, society and country,” he concluded.

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The guest of honour at the ceremony was Mr. Michael Hershman, Chairperson of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB). In his speech, he emphasized and encouraged the graduates to “choose the harder right than the easier wrong and to know no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy”.

The graduates and guests also heard from Mr. Hans-Heiner Kühne, Chairperson of IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB), Professor Peter Rosner of the University of Vienna, who chaired the academic Defence Committee, and Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of Academic Programmes at IACA.

Nadeem Anwer, elected as the MACS class representative, told the distinguished guests that embarking on the programme in 2018, he and his fellow classmates started a quest and journey to gain knowledge and equipment to fight corruption. He also expressed hope that the skills and expertise learnt at IACA will be used by the graduates to play a part in solving some of the major problems of today’s world related to corruption.

Mr. A S M Sajjad Hossain from Bangladesh won the award for the best MACS master’s thesis with his work "Right to Information Act and its Effectiveness as a Tool to Fight Corruption in Bangladesh". The most innovative master’s thesis award went to Mr. Daljeet Singh from India for his research "Are there Consistent Relationships between the Religious Teachings and Individual Tolerance towards Corruption? A Case Study of India". Ms. Liness Tikomenji Gulumba from Malawi won the Dean’s Special Award for her master thesis “Examining the Deterrent Effect of Punishment in Controlling Corruption in the Public Service – A Case Study of Malawi”. Furthermore, Mr. Alexander Ivan F. De Jaeger (Belgium) also won the Dean’s Special Award with his work "Governance and Corruption in Arm’s Length Public Institutions – Two Belgian Case Studies".

The ceremony brought together the families and friends of the graduates, representatives of the diplomatic community, the faculty, and IACA staff online.

IACA launched the MACS programme in 2012 as the first postgraduate programme in anti-corruption and compliance. It consists of seven modules, combining in-class and distance learning, and a master’s thesis.

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