IMACC & MACS Applications

The application deadline for the 2019 student admission for the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) programmes has been extended until 30 June 2019. Both programmes will commence on 1 October with a first pre-module phase and students will come to IACA campus for the in-class session of Module I in early November this year.

These two-year master programmes are designed for working professionals who want to continue working while pursuing their degrees. Focusing on the advanced study of anti-corruption and compliance, the MACS programme is comprised of seven teaching modules and a master’s thesis. The IMACC programme focuses on anti-corruption compliance and consists of six modules and a final project or a master’s thesis.

Classes are taught by top notch academics and practitioners in the field of anti-corruption and compliance.

The admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree (though a number of our students already have master’s degrees), 3 years of work experience in the area of anti-corruption, compliance, rule of law, governance, law enforcement, business management, or other related fields, and proficiency in written and spoken English.

IACA offers a limited number of scholarships for students from Least Developed Countries as defined by the United Nations, and for nationals of those IACA Parties that are listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. These highly competitive scholarships are merit based and they fully or partially cover the programme fee.

Graduating students receive an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the European Bologna process, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes, if desired.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Russia contributes USD 200,000 to IACA

The Russian Federation has made a voluntary contribution of USD 200,000 (equivalent to EUR 177,793.58) to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

This is the ninth such contribution since 2011. It will help IACA implement its various education, training, and capacity-building activities and hopefully lead to other stakeholders also providing further support to the Academy.

The Russian Federation continues to work with IACA in various ways. In particular, between 2016 and 2018 IACA developed and delivered three tailor-made training programmes for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States, an initiative generously co-sponsored by the Russian Federation. Plans are underway to hold the fourth in this series of trainings later in 2019.

The Russian Federation is a Founding Member of IACA, and a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since March 2011.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

IACA Delivers Seventh Tailor-made Training for the ACRC of the Republic of Korea

A group of 20 participants from the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) and public enterprises of the Republic of Korea has this week concluded a five-day anti-corruption training programme at the IACA campus.

This training is the seventh in a series of annual trainings organized by IACA since 2013 for the ACRC.

The training ran from 9 to 15 May and included lectures on corruption risk analysis, anti-corruption collaboration in public-private partnerships and organizational integrity. Also, as part of the training programme, for practical experience exchange the participants had two study visits to the Austrian Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The lectures were delivered by renowned experts and professors that include Prof. Andrew Spalding, Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog and Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law,  Mr. Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and Member of the Defence Corruption Monitoring Committee (NAKO) in Ukraine, Dr. Katalin Pallai, an independent policy expert and former associate professor of the National University for Public Service in Hungary, and Ms. Verena Wessely and Ms. Evelyn Dojnik from the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption.

IACA and the ACRC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 for exchanges of information and expertise as well as joint efforts in education, institution and capacity building and Ms. Young Ran Kim, Chairperson of the ACRC, served as a member of IACA’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption. Find out more from here

Module III of the MACS 2018

The third module of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme started last week, as participants returned to the IACA campus for an action-packed ten days on legal and other aspects of countering corruption and the related international initiatives.

The in-class sessions started on 29 April and will continue until 10 May 2019. These sessions cover topics related to the international anti-corruption conventions, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act, and other national anti-corruption laws. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn more about the role of media in anti-corruption. During this module lectures were/will be delivered and classroom discussions conducted by Prof. Maesschalck (Belgium), Prof. Hatchard (UK), and Prof. Spalding (USA). The module also includes training in research methods and a study visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications are now open for the next class starting in autumn 2019. Read more about the MACS here.

IACA Summer Academy 2019: A Few Places Left

An array of renowned international experts have been confirmed as lecturers for the ninth edition of the IACA Summer Academy, taking place from 28 June to 5 July 2019.  A few places are still available, and applications are open until 18 May 2019.

About 20 renowned professors and leading experts from various anti-corruption related fields will share their knowledge and experience with participants, including Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery), Bo Rothstein (August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg), Beth Haddock (CEO and founder of Warburton Advisers), and Sabine Zindera (Vice President, Legal and Compliance at Siemens), among others. This intensive, interdisciplinary programme gathers anti-corruption and compliance professionals, as well as interested journalists, members of academia, judiciary, international organizations, and civil society from around the world, who will subsequently join IACA’s Alumni network of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from more than 150 countries and jurisdictions.

More specifically, the programme for the 2019 IACA Summer Academy will include insights from, among many others, Professor Mushtaq Khan (Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London, and Executive Director of the DFID-funded Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Consortium), who will share his insights about effects of corruption to economic development, and mutual relations between politics, governance and corruption.

Professor Bo Rothstein (August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg) will speak about fighting systemic corruption by applying indirect strategy.

An intriguing topic of open source investigation will also be part of the programme, Paul Myers (British investigative journalist) will deliver sessions titled Internet Manhunt! – How to Investigate People Using the Internet?

Ethical behavior and compliance will be explored with Beth Haddock (CEO and founder of Warburton Advisers). Beth is bringing her ideas and experience in use of triple bottom-line approach in incentivizing ethical behavior.

Another highlight of the programme will be a lecture of Tan Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohammed (Director General at the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption, Malaysia), who will speak about the anti-corruption agencies from regional and global perspectives.

Furthermore, a Roundtable discussion on Emerging Technologies will be organized as an integral part of the programme, with an aim to allow participants to have a better picture of finding innovative ways to detect and fight against corruption using new technologies.

2019 Summer Academy programme as it stands now is available here

In addition, the session offers important networking opportunities including dinners, other social events, and an excursion to the picturesque Wachau Danube region.

Nearly 500 participants from close to 120 countries and jurisdictions have already benefited from the Summer Academy to date. Read more about the programme and how you can apply here

Malaysia contributes EUR 50,000 to IACA

Malaysia has made a voluntary contribution of EUR 50,000 to support IACA’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe. Malaysia’s previous total contribution to IACA’s general budget from 2012 to 2018 was EUR 851,698.97.

This contribution comes at a financially challenging period for the organization and will help facilitate the implementation of the organization’s various education, training, and capacity-building activities.

In 2019, similar to Malaysia, Armenia, Croatia, Kuwait and the Republic of Korea have taken the lead with respect to providing voluntary contributions to IACA. These contributions, which are of high importance to the Academy, will hopefully encourage other stakeholders to provide voluntary contributions to ensure the utilization of IACA’s full potential and capacity.

Malaysia has been one of the most active partners of IACA since its inception and joined as a State Party in January 2012.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

Module VII of the MACS 2017

Students from IACA’s 2017 – 2019 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are currently in Tbilisi, Georgia for the in-class part of their final module, which focuses on Corruption Prevention and the Future of Anti-Corruption. After successful implementation of the MACS module in Georgia in April 2017, this module is again generously hosted by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Training Center of Justice of Georgia.

The module runs from 8 to 19 April and includes discussions on public procurement, corruption prevention in the non-profit sector, whistle-blower protection, successful anti-corruption reforms, and the future of the anti-corruption agenda. The MACS students are also taking part in study visits to the Georgian Ministry of Justice Public Service Hall, Public Service Development Agency, Civil Service Bureau, and the Public Procurement Agency.

Lecturers for this module are Jeroen Maesschalck (Belgium), Max Kaiser Aranda (Mexico), Malika Ait-Mohamed Parent (Switzerland), Ashley Savage (Austria), and Ivo Texeira Gico (Brazil).

The MACS is a two-year programme specifically designed for working professionals. Each module has a two-week in-class phase that takes place approximately every three months. Most of these classes are at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria, with at least one two-week session held at another location worldwide. Previous modules have been hosted by Brazil, Georgia, Malaysia, and by the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group.

IACA is currently accepting applications for the MACS 2019 – 2021 programme, which will begin in October this year. For more information and to apply, please click here

Training for Police Forces and Police Academy of the Slovak Republic

In the first week of April, IACA delivered tailor-made anti-corruption trainings for representatives of the Police Forces (1-2 April) and the Police Academy (2-3 April) of the Slovak Republic. The activities took place in Piešťany and Bratislava, respectively, and engaged in total 46 participants.

The aim of the trainings was to increase the participants’ awareness and understanding of the current challenges in the fields of corruption prevention and integrity management. The programme included an overview of global anti-corruption trends and developments, case studies on combating corruption in the law enforcement forces, special investigative techniques, organizational ethics and integrity, as well as ethical dilemmas. Lecturers included Mr. Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery) and Dr. Katalin Pallai (Public sector integrity and intercultural management expert and educator).

To read more about IACA’s cooperation with the Slovak Republic, please click here.

IACA mourns the death of Dimitri Vlassis

It is with deep regret that IACA and its staff have learned of the passing of Mr. Dimitri Vlassis. He played a crucial role in the establishment of IACA, was a member of its Frequent Visiting Faculty, and participated in numerous academic Defence Committees for master’s thesis.

Mr. Vlassis will always be remembered for his tremendous contribution, unwavering commitment, guidance and leadership in combating corruption globally. In particular, he was the Secretary of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Mr. Vlassis will be sorely missed by IACA. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Vlassis’s family, friends and the colleagues at the UNODC in this hour of grief.

Module VI of the IMACC 2017

Students from IACA’s 2017 International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) Programme are currently in Basel, Switzerland for the in-class part of their final module, which focuses on Collective Action and the Value of Joining Forces, organized at the Basel Institute on Governance.

The module runs from 31 March to 6 April and includes discussions on the role of collaboration in preventing and reducing corruption, how Collective Action is used against corruption in practice and interaction with stakeholders in the framework of Collective Action, and holistic view of compliance and Collective Action. Students will also conduct their final Compliance Lab session on designing a Collective Action model. In addition to regular interactive class sessions, the IMACC students are also taking part in study visits to companies Novartis International and F. Hoffmann-La Roche.

Lecturers for this module are Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance, Corporate Governance and Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance, Mirna Adjami, Project Manager Anti-Corruption Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance, Claudia Baez Camargo, Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance, Scarlet Wannenwetsch,  Project Associate Anti-Corruption Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance, Martim Della Valle, founder of Zenith Source, and Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director, IACA’s academic programmes.

The IMACC programme is a two-year programme specifically designed for working professionals. Each of the six modules has a seven days to two-week in-class phase that takes place approximately every three months. Most of these classes are at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg/Vienna, Austria, with at least one session held at another location worldwide.

IACA is currently accepting applications for the IMACC 2019 - 2021 programme, which will begin in October this year. For more information and to apply, please click here

Independent External Auditors at IACA

A collegium of independent senior auditors spent three days on campus last week for the Independent External Audit of IACA’s financial statements for the budget year 2018.

This member state-owned function, which currently consists of auditors from Indonesia, the Russian Federation, and Thailand, is carrying out the audit in line with the Resolution on the Independent External Audit of IACA.

The external auditors were appointed by IACA’s Board of Governors (BoG) from senior members of national Supreme Audit Institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties. All external auditors, operating as a collegial body, act in their personal capacity and enjoy functional and organizational independence in conducting the audit.

The collegium is now compiling a report that will be presented to the BoG. The upcoming eight session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties will subsequently be notified of the report’s findings.

Kuwait contributes USD 100,000 to IACA

The State of Kuwait has made a voluntary contribution of USD 100,000 (equivalent to EUR 88,160) to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe. Kuwait previously contributed the same amount to IACA’s general budget in 2017 and 2018.

This contribution comes in a critical moment for the Academy and will hopefully encourage other stakeholders to provide voluntary contributions to ensure that IACA is able to continue implementing its education, training, and capacity-building activities.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

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