International and
Academic Recognition

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International recognition

Since its inception, IACA has been recognized by numerous international bodies and other fora for its work in the area of anti-corruption and compliance education and capacity-building.

UN General Assembly in its Resolution A/RES/71/208, adopted on 19 December 2016, mentioned IACA as a centre of excellence for education, training and academic research in the anti-corruption field.

IACA’s anti-corruption capacity-building activities and specialized curricula were, along with those of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, explicitly noted with appreciation in Resolution 35/25 of the Human Rights Council of the UN General Assembly, adopted on 23 June 2017 that negative impact of corruption on human rights and sustainable development can be addressed and prevented through anti-corruption education. Education and capacity-building activities of IACA and UNODC are also noted with appreciation in Resolution 29/11 of the Council, adopted on 2 July 2015.

Similarly, IACA’s work received explicit tribute in various resolutions adopted by the Conferences of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Resolution 6/10 on “Education and training in the context of anti-corruption” adopted by the sixth Conference on 6 November 2015 noted the capacity building activities and specialized curricula by relevant institutions, such as UNODC, IACA , the United Nations Development Programme, and the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network. The sixth Conference adopted on 20 December 2019 three resolutions directly referring to IACA. Resolution 8/3 on “Promoting integrity in the public sector among States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption” mentioned the contributions that relevant international organizations and institutions, such as UNODC and IACA, can provide in the areas of technical assistance and training to enhance integrity in the public sector of State parties. Resolution 8/5 on “Enhancing integrity by raising public awareness” recognized the important contribution of UNODC and other relevant international organizations and institutions, such as IACA, in providing technical assistance and training to raise public awareness and enhance integrity.

It also encouraged States parties to take advantage of capacity-building and training programmes provided by the UNODC, IACA and other relevant international organizations and institutions to increase public awareness and integrity. Finally, resolution 8/9 on “Strengthening asset recovery to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” requested the UNODC Secretariat to strengthen co-operation with specialized organizations and institutions, such as IACA, on developing and implementing trainings for professionals and practitioners working in the field of asset recovery and return of proceeds of crime.

On the occasion of the organization’s fourth Assembly of Parties in December 2015, the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, delivered a video message acknowledging IACA’s work and achievements.

Academic Recognition

IACA is recognized by the Republic of Austria (the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy, acting in its capacity as ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA) as an institution of post-secondary education (in accordance with art. 51 para. 2 subpara. 1 of the Universities Act 2002 – UG, BGBl. I no. 120/2002, and art. 4 para. 4 of the Universities of Applied Sciences Studies Act – FHStG, BGBl. no. 340/1993, as amended). Its programmes and their final diplomas are recognized in the sense of the (EU's) “Bologna Process".

In addition to the Bologna process, IACA’s programmes have also been recognized by, inter alia:

  • the Indian Government, which acknowledged IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) - together with long-term training programmes of Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and Cambridge universities - as being recognized and supported under the Government’s Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) Scheme, and
  • the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which includes the MACS on its list of approved programmes. This means that MACS students who are US veterans are eligible to have their programme fee paid, in full or in part, by the US Government.

A full list of resolutions referring to IACA

Human Rights Council of the UN General Assembly, Resolution 35/25 (2017)
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