Aminul Islam

How many years have you been an alumnus?

4 years

What is your best memory of IACA?

The river cruise at Danube on the way to Dürnstein, exploring Austria’s picturesque Wachau region, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, and dinner in a traditional Austrian restaurant (Heuriger) along with IACA participants and staff. It was a day full of learning, networking, and fun.

How has IACA influenced your career?

International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy is a very unique programme, which has added an immense value and significance to my career aspirations. It has influenced me to study further on institutional accountability issues. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Law at the University of Sussex, UK focusing on the ‘Legal Responsibility and Accountability in the Context of UN “Protection of Civilians” Peacekeeping Operations’ under the Prime Minister Fellowship of the Government of Bangladesh. Only a few judges of Bangladesh Subordinate Judiciary have done a PhD, especially from abroad, and none of them are from the common law educational hubs of the UK. My degree would be the first of that kind, which will definitely boost my career in Bangladesh and/or abroad.

What’s unforgettable at IACA (most memorable)?

Every single day I spent at IACA was so learning, motivating and enjoyable. However, on day 5 night (04 July 2017) at Lakeside Castle in Laxenburg, participants attended a round table discussion on the sometimes uneasy relationship between the media and anti-corruption and compliance professionals. I took part in the discussion by putting questions to the panelists. The setting view at the castle lake, foods and healthy discussions were simply gorgeous and enlightening. Thanks, IACA for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

What three words would you use to describe the alumni network?

Vigilant, Vibrant, and Effective

How many days have you spent in Laxenburg?

10 days.

What message would you like to share with the IACA community including its staff and alumni?

IACA is one of the finest institutions, probably the best for anti-corruption studies, I have ever attended for a training or course of study. I find that IACA and its staff are very cordial, dedicated, and sincere to their jobs, and they work tirelessly to make a difference in the field of anti-corruption. The support and care I received from the staff and my fellow mates at IACA are quite exemplary and unforgettable. Long live IACA!

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