DSC 1731 webStudents in the 2015-2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme finished the in-class part of their current module on Anti-Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector last week.

Over two weeks at IACA’s Laxenburg campus, the class discussed the challenges of doing business in corrupt environments, the informal economy, effective compliance programmes, corporate social responsibility, internal investigations, and collective action. The schedule included a study visit to the Vienna International Centre for the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

Lecturers for this module were Brazilian professor and practising lawyer Dr. Ivo Teixeira Gico, Jr., and investigations expert Mikhail Reider-Gordon from the United States of America, as well as IACA’s Elena Helmer and Martin Zapata. Richard Bistrong, an anti-bribery consultant, speaker, and author, joined the class by video link to discuss his personal experiences in “A Journey through Crime, Cooperation and Compliance”.

The students also managed to fit in some socializing at an international evening on campus. They come from 17 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications are now open for the 2017–2019 class, which starts in October 2017. For more information and to apply, please click here.