MACS 2016 group photoThe fourth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme is underway, and the new students are currently at IACA from 7 to 18 November for the in-class part of their first module.

The professional backgrounds of the 26 students are as diverse as their countries of origin. The class includes, among others, experts in business management and law, prosecutors, investigators, NGO leaders, government officials, officers of international organizations, and auditors. They come from Afghanistan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Gambia, India, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

This first MACS module (out of seven) covers Concepts and Issues in Corruption. It addresses general issues related to corruption and corruption control, organizational misbehaviour, the interplay between corruption, organized crime, and money laundering, and a number of other topics. Lecturers are Professors Adam Graycar (Australia), Michael Levi (United Kingdom), and Jeroen Maesschalck (Belgium). Mr. Drago Kos (Slovenia), Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, will offer the practitioner’s perspective. In addition, Margret Steixner, an intercultural trainer and coach, led a teambuilding session with the class.

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 next class starting in autumn 2017.

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