Transparency International School on Integrity (TISI) is an annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders. The upcoming TISI 2017 will take place during 10 – 16 July, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania. TISI exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability and offers real opportunities to try and implement their ideas in practice.
Following a rigorous selection process, selected students spend 7 highly intensive days learning from leading anti-corruption and accountability professionals. TISI seeks to create a peer-to-peer learning and integrity-building environment that links theory with practice and helps young leaders to acquire better skills in bringing the anti-corruption message across.
School lectures, seminars, training and field trips provide TISI participants with a unique blend of international and local know-how, while also challenging students to approach the subject from outside the box and offer novel, previously untested solutions. Since 2010, TISI has welcomed more than 700 youth leaders from around 90 countries worldwide. See our Alumni network here.
The School is open to senior students, graduates and young professionals under the age of 35. We welcome individuals from public, private, non-governmental and academic sectors, from all academic backgrounds. TISI is for senior students, graduates and young professionals eager to learn how to make a stand against corruption and to achieve greater transparency in their country. The seven-day format offers a powerful mix of an intensive academic schedule, unconference-like atmosphere and continuous peer-to-peer interactions which all make it into an unforgettable one-week-long adventure.
TISI usually hosts an equal share of participants from private and public sectors, NGOs and academia from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Such diversity in background and experience further strengthen our applied approach to anti-corruption and transparency. Therefore, students not only learn about the causes of corruption but also spend a large part of their time learning practical ways in which societies can become more transparent and accountable.
Topics and Modules
The School features three teaching modules that cover the public sector, the private sector and civic empowerment tools. Each module deals both with theory and practice and includes:
- Public sector – grand and petty corruption, measuring corruption, state capture, political party financing, public procurement, etc.
- Private sector – international anti-corruption mechanisms, corporate reporting standards and corruption in different industry sectors, such as the media or sports, etc.
- The civic empowerment module addresses the role of citizens in monitoring the activities of the state and explores ways in which people can become involved in the public decision-making process, in reporting corruption and in anti-corruption activities.
We seek to lead by example and offer top-notch quality. To do that, over the past seven years we have invited nearly half-a-hundred outstanding experts to teach at TI School in Vilnius. School lecturers are anti-corruption and accountability leaders that come from public, private, NGO and academic sectors and offer the students unique perspectives on how to address corruption and promote transparency.
While the team of lecturers changes slightly every year, over time TI School has welcomed speakers from the World Bank Institute, OECD, OSCE, Global Witness, Integrity Action, MySociety, Sunlight Foundation, Global Advice, U4, various Transparency International chapters and many others.
A limited number of scholarships is available for applicants from certain countries. Full scholarships cover international travel, tuition and accommodation expenses. Students seeking to receive full or partial scholarships are encouraged to apply as soon as the application process opens. In certain cases, students may be also offered partial tuition fee waivers to cover a part of their course expenses.
Please find the list of countries from which applicants are eligible for full or partial scholarships: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
Also, university students of Nordplus Law Network partner universities are entitled to receive Nordplus mobility grant. Please see the list of universities.
If you wish to apply for a scholarship, make sure to fill out the appropriate section in the online application form, stating your reasons for applying.
The Social Entrepreneurs Initiative (SEI) provides TI School alumni with an opportunity to make a difference by introducing transparency and anti-corruption initiatives in their communities. Since 2012 the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) has been supporting this TISI scheme to encourage TISI alumni and empower them to develop new ideas to boost transparency, accountability and fight corruption. The competition winners are awarded mini-grants between 500 – 5,000 Euros to support the kick-off and implementation of their community initiatives.
One of the TISI sessions is dedicated to a brainstorming exercise, overseen by IACC representatives, to identify the most innovative approaches that could be used to seek greater transparency and fight corruption. Interested? In this case, you can learn more about our 2012 and 2013 winners @ Social Entrepreneurs Initiative from IACC Young Journalists.