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ACREC hosts regional conference Development of anti-corruption education: a model for the region

On January 23-24, the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” hosted a regional conference: “Development of anti-corruption education: a model for the region.”

The conference was initiated by the Open Society Foundation and the International Renaissance Foundation to implement anti-corruption training projects in the post-Soviet camps under the ACREC model as an educational hub in the field of anti-corruption for young researchers and practitioners in Ukraine.

The event brought together representatives of the anti-corruption community based on the most powerful universities and NGOs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as famous experts from the United States and the Czech Republic, who shared their experiences and practices in educational projects.

In turn, Oksana Nesterenko thanked all donor organizations that supported the implementation of the first Certificate Program “Interdisciplinary Anti-Corruption Studies” and the Master’s Program “Anti-Corruption Studies” based on the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and stressed that valuable support of anti-corruption stakeholders is critical in the context of successful implementation of anti-corruption education projects.

The conference program included panel discussions, workshops, workshops, and discussion platforms on the implementation of interdisciplinary anti-corruption programs in the CIS, similar to ACREC educational programs, the role of NGOs and universities in this process, and challenges for developing and funding such projects.

As a result of the conference, it was agreed to set up a Resolution on Cooperation of National Hubs and to form a Roadmap for the implementation of anti-corruption education programs in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan similar to ACREC educational products in Ukraine.

In addition, it is expected to create a full-fledged network for the development of anti-corruption academic curricula in the post-Soviet countries, as well as to establish sustainable cooperation between universities in the region in the implementation of anti-corruption educational programs.

In the long run, ACREC should become a hub for networking NGOs and universities in the region that will be key stakeholders in the development of anti-corruption curricula in the post-Soviet countries. Together, we also plan to create at least 3 interdisciplinary practice-oriented anti-corruption training programs at universities in Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and other CIS countries.

The program of the event can be viewed – at the link.

The event was implemented by the Interdisciplinary Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center (ACREC) with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

It will be recalled that in 2015, with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation, ACREC developed and implemented the first in Ukraine interdisciplinary comprehensive course on anti-corruption based on the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, and in a year the first in Ukraine, which was also supported by the Open Society Foundation.

“Anti-corruption interdisciplinary studies” is an educational program dedicated to the comprehensive study of corruption as a socio-legal phenomenon and ways to prevent it. In the first year of launch, the program included 6 courses, and during the year under the Certificate Program, students have already studied 9 practice-oriented disciplines in anti-corruption.

159 people have attended two certificate programs or separate courses of this program as of May 2019. There were students of the master’s program in political science, master’s degrees and public administration, as well as young professionals who work in the field of anti-corruption in various institutions and are agents of change. In particular, students of this program are analysts of TI Ukraine, the Center for Civil Liberties, the Anti-Corruption Headquarters and other public organizations, investigative journalists, ZIK, civil servants of anti-corruption units, experts of the Council of Public Experts at the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, the expert of support programs for reforms in the Ministry of Regional Development, etc.

Evidence of the success of the implementation of this comprehensive anti-corruption program is the decision of the leadership of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” to open the first in Ukraine master’s program in anti-corruption in September 2019.