DSC 8775IACA held its very first alumni reunion last week, bringing together former participants from its open, tailor-made, and academic programmes for a walk down memory lane.

The organization’s alumni group is not conventional. It consists of around 500 graduates, dispersed throughout 120 countries over six continents. Most of them have spent a short period of time at IACA’s Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, united in one common cause – the prevention of and the fight against corruption.

For some 25 alumni from 14 different countries that took part in the reunion, the miles between them were surmountable. Planes came in from France, Poland, India, Nigeria, and Romania, trains were boarded in Germany, cars drove in from Hungary, and alumni took a break from their workplaces in Vienna to join in.

Old friendships were rekindled and new ones made during the day and a half of roundtables, lectures, and festivities. Professor Robert Klitgaard held an interactive session on measuring corruption, alumni joined the participants for the Summer Academy for a roundtable on extractive industries, and some overcame their fear of heights during a ride on the historic Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel.

After a taste of local delights and dancing in the evening, alumni bid their adieus on 11 July, vowing to meet each other again. Before departing they also left IACA and the alumni of 2111 with a message; a message carefully sealed and stored away in the chambers of Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, to be opened by IACA participants on the 100th anniversary of the organization.

IACA’s alumni association was started up in November 2013 with the goal of fostering a lifelong connection between IACA and alumni, promoting interaction among alumni, and connecting them with current students. The association also issues a quarterly magazine, written for alumni by alumni, offering a forum to exchange ideas, explore current topics, and highlight achievements.

The second reunion will be held next summer, alongside other social events the association plans to offer.

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