On September 25, 2019, the first master’s program in Ukraine called “Anti-Corruption Studies” was inaugurated at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. This program was created jointly by ACREC and the Department of Political Science of NaUKMA.
As a result of the competitive selection and admission campaign in 2019, the 13 best entrants were selected, who became the first students of the educational master’s program “Anti-Corruption Studies”.
Stakeholders in the field of anti-corruption of Ukraine gathered at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy to congratulate future masters at the opening of the Program.
Lawrence Held, the leader of the Support for Leading Organizations project, was the first to greet the students of Anti-Corruption Studies. It should be emphasized that within the framework of this project the idea of the first master’s program in Ukraine on anti-corruption issues was supported and implemented. In his speech, the Project Manager said that he was proud that SACCI had the opportunity to work with organizations such as ACREC. “It is a great honor for us to support the first program of Anti-Corruption Studies at the level of a full-fledged master’s degree,” he said.
Andriy Borovik, Executive Director of Transparency International Ukraine, also attended the opening of the Master’s Program. TI became one of the organizations that initiated the creation of ACREC as a unique think tank for the introduction and dissemination of a scientific approach to the study of corruption in Ukraine.
Thus, in his speech, TI Chairman Andriy Borovyk noted that investing in new knowledge in the field of anti-corruption is surprisingly important for the future of Ukraine. “You have decided to enter the master’s program, so you are ready for serious changes. This shows that we have a future! ” he stressed.
After a solemn greeting from the guests and donors of the Program, the word was given to ACREC Executive Director Oksana Nesterenko, who outlined the prospects for anti-corruption education programs and shared her hopes for Anti-Corruption Studies as a pilot project of a full master’s program in anti-corruption in Ukraine.
Margarita Chabanna, ACREC Education Program Manager, also joined in greeting the first participants of the Program and shared the organizational features of the Program.
After the speakers, the participants had the opportunity to present themselves and talk about their motivation to receive specialized education in the field of anti-corruption.
The evening ended with a festive buffet and networking of participants, during which the guests and students of the Program had the opportunity to meet in a more informal friendly atmosphere and talk about plans and prospects for preventing corruption in Ukraine.
This program was made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this program are the sole responsibility of the Grantor and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.