On September 15, the Public Administration Academy of RA and “Transparency International” Anti-Corruption Centre launched a course on “Anti-Corruption Academy”, which aims at conveying knowledge about corruption to the attendees, and introducing the manifestations, causes, and consequences of corruption, the ways of fight against it and the features of corruption manifestation in Armenia to them. The initiative is supported by the Open Society Institute.
The opening of the course took place at the Public Administration Academy, where it is planned to be held.
“It is difficult to overestimate the role of the fight against corruption and projects targeted at it in the modern world,” said PAARA’s Vice-Rector Mr. Khachatour Bezirjyan, welcoming the participants. “All countries have signed the UN Convention against Corruption, but that does not mean that they all effectively fight against corruption. The thing is that very frequently the fight against corruption is formal and that is the reason why it fails.” Mr. Khachatour Bezirjyan is convinced that in order to effectively fight the phenomenon, it is necessary to master the ways and methods of fight.
More importantly, a low level of corruption testifies to the country’s progress.
The “Transparency International” Anti-Corruption Centre has been functioning for 20 years in the field of fight against corruption, also focusing on educating the youth on the topic. According to the Executive Director of TIAC, Ms. Sona Ayzazyan, their activity has proved that the public needs knowledge about the phenomena.
“Especially today, against the background of the new anti-corruption policy, the dissemination of in-depth knowledge is essential,” she said. “No matter how your career develops, the knowledge you gain here will be very useful to you.”
She assured that the modules making part of the course would be delivered by the best specialists: PAARA teachers, TIAC experts, as well as invited ones. Wishing success to the participants, she also mentioned that she expected them to be active which would also be appreciated.
Ms. Gayane Hovhannisyan, Head of PAARA’s Quality Assurance Centre, presented the organizational side of the course. She noted that the organizers had received 231 applications, of which only 30 were selected. The majority of them are public servants. Amongst them are representatives of NGOs, university teachers, and even students.
Until the end of 2020, three modules: “Introduction to Corruption”; “Anti-Corruption Policy and Institutions”; “Corruption in Political Activity”, will be taught. The course is to be delivered in two ways: through classroom teaching and independent work. There will be both theoretical and practical classes and in the meantime, assignments will be given. During the course, the participants will obtain credits.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will receive a certificate.