The Institute of International Relations today is a modern educational and scientific center with a branched structure and a flexible system of the educational process organization, which has 12 specialized chairs and one all-Institute chair of foreign languages; they provide training of specialists in six fields:
- International Relations,
- International Law,
- International Economic Relations,
- International Communication,
- International Business,
- Country Studies.
The Institute trains about 2500 students, post-graduate students and trainees; nearly 250 of them are nationals of more than 20 countries of the world; over 300 people are gaining a second degree extramurally.
Nowadays 186 members of the teaching staff are in charge of the academic process at the Institute. Famous scholars, tutors and practitioners of other Taras Shevchenko National University departments, other universities and research institutions of Ukraine and foreign countries are invited to deliver lectures, workshops, supervise diploma and course works. Officials of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada, Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, other ministries and departments of Ukraine, foreign statesmen and diplomats speak to the students on a regular basis.
An extremely important innovation in the academic process is the development and practical implementation of the English-language Master's programmes of East European Studies at the Department of International Relations, International Litigation at the Department of International Law, and CIS Economic Studies at the Department of International Economic Relations. The English-language Master's programs were launched in 2012/2013 academic year. English-language Master's programs have been introduced at the Department of International Business and International Information, while the Department of International Law has launched a new program on Private International Law since 2013/2014 academic year.
In 2012/2013 the Protocol to the Agreement on Cooperation between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the MFA of Russia - MSIIR on Double Master's Degrees broke ground in introducing new Master's program in International Relations (“East European Studies”).
In particular, the Master's program provides for exchange of students between the IIR and MSIIR. The students are to be trained in turn at each of the Universities following a synchronized curriculum for a term. Upon termination of study they acquire two master's degrees respectively from each of the partner Universities. Currently, this program enrolls 7students from each one of both Universities.
The 2012/2013 academic year saw a new permanent form of training: master classes of senior officials from the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine that are given by heads and deputy heads of the Ministry departments. The subjects of the master classes are compatible with the relevant curriculum courses.
The Institute has numerous laboratories, such as Teaching Aids Laboratory, Information and Computer Studies Laboratory, Laboratory of Educational Process Methodological and Publication Support, Scientific Library, Internet Center etc.
The Institute of International Relations is the hub of numerous national and international scientific conferences, seminars, symposia, round tables on a wide range of global issues. In addition, meetings are organized with high foreign guests, ambassadors of foreign states to Ukraine.
The IIR operates specialized scientific councils on candidate and doctoral dissertations defence - D 26.001.02 speciality 08.00.02 - World Economy and International Economic Relations, D 26.001.10 specialities 12.00.11 - International Law and 12.00.03 - Civil Law and Civil Procedure, Family Law, Private International Law, D 26.001.29 specialities 23.00.04 - Political Issues of International Systems and Global Development and 21.03.03 - Geopolitics.
The Institute is constantly expanding and strengthening contacts with universities and research centers in Ukraine and abroad. International cooperation is carried out both under agreements of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and on the basis of bilateral agreements on cooperation signed between the Institute and the leading foreign universities and research institutions. Within the framework of the inter-university agreements the Institute cooperates with more than 60 partner institutions of higher education from the UK, Belgium, Greece, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Canada, China, Germany, South Korea, Poland, Russia, USA, France, Japan and others.
Over the years, the faculty and then the Institute has trained more than 10,000 professionals, including both citizens of Ukraine and citizens of 90 countries of the world.