International Anti-Corruption Academy
The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) – a joint initiative by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Republic of Austria, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and other stakeholders – is a pioneering institution that aims to overcome current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption. In pursuing this aim, the Academy will function as an independent centre of excellence in the field of anti-corruption education, training, networking and cooperation, as well as academic research. It will take a holistic and inter-disciplinary, inter-regional, inter-cultural and inter-sectorial approach.
IACA is based on a five pillar approach: (1) standardised training and research; (2) tailor-made training and research; (3) (inter-disciplinary) academic degree-based programmes; (4) platform for dialogue and networking (e.g. alumni get-togethers, special events and anti-corruption conferences); and (5) anti-corruption think tank and benchmarking activities.
Participants and students will broaden their knowledge of anti-corruption issues through a combination of research work, practical experience and case studies. IACA will offer advanced research and best practices to foster the international exchange of knowledge among academics, students, civil servants, private sector practitioners, experts and representatives of civil society organisations. Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate. In the future, programme graduates will earn internationally accredited academic degrees.
The Academy – its headquarters located in Laxenburg, 15km south of Vienna, Austria – offers its first training and research activities in a state of the art building since autumn 2010. The Academy organises a regular Summer school on anti-coruption topics and plans to open a Master program in 2012.