IMG 7454 editIACA warmly welcomed students from four continents to its campus on Sunday for their first classes in its new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), the first master’s programme specially designed for professionals involved with the business sector in these fields.

This first IMACC class (2017 – 2019) comprises compliance officers, anti-corruption practitioners, auditors, lawyers, and government officials, among others.

Module I of the IMACC provides a general overview of anti-corruption compliance and collective action and covers topics including business ethics, international anti-corruption law, economic analysis of corruption, and the application of behavioural sciences to the study of corruption.

Lecturers for this module are Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau) and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), as well as IACA faculty members Eduard Ivanov, Han-Kyun Rho, and Martín Zapata. In addition, the class is looking at research methods and already had teambuilding sessions with Margaret Steixner, an intercultural trainer and coach.

As an in-career academic degree programme, the IMACC provides a practical, comprehensive answer to the ever-evolving regulatory environment and increasing demand for specialized skills, enabling students to upgrade their expertise and add value to their companies and organizations.

Main themes covered by the IMACC include, among others, implementing best practices in anti-corruption and compliance, identifying and mitigating various types of risks, conducting internal investigations, doing business based on the highest ethical standards, and initiating and managing collective action.

The IMACC is an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna Process. The programme consists of six modules and a final project or thesis.