IIR International School

On 8-10 October 2014 an IIR International School: Autumn Academy "NATO's contribution to European security: hard and soft power" has been conducted in the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv,  supported by NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine and Ukrainian Charity Fund "Ukrainian Identity".

Within the IIR the initiators of the program were the International Office, supervised by the Deputy Director for International Relations Igor Golubii, and representatives of the specialties "International Information" and "International Relations". The event was moderated by the IIR staff: Associate Professor Svitlana Andruschenko, Associate Professor Olena Dobrzhanska and Head of IIR International Office Dmytro Iarovyi. The organizers gave participants a unique opportunity to obtain information from qualified experts from around the world about trends of state security policies and the new threats to Europe in the context of Russian aggression against Ukraine.



As a result of competitive selection to the IIR International School, 60 students were enrolled, including representatives of Russia, Belarus and different regions of Ukraine (Kyiv, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Lviv, Donetsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Rivne, Ostrog, Zhytomyr, Irpin, Kovel and Uzhgorod), who were interested in expanding their knowledge on modern problems of collective security and NATO's role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

The program of the event allowed participants within three days:

- to listen to the lectures: operational law instructor for NATO School Oberammergau, Lieutenant Colonel Brian Bengs; Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine Natalia Nemylivska; prominent Ukrainian theorist and practicing communicator, professor Georgii Pocheptsov; Head of the Media Research Laboratory at the University of Vilnius Andrius Suminas; Chief Researcher of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Mykola Ozhevan; literary critic and writer Oleg Kudrin, and staff of the Institute of International Relations: Professor Grygorii Perepelytsia and Professor Sergiy Galaka;

- to take two team training: "How to understand the Ukraine-Russian conflict?" - coaches IIR professor Grygorii Perepelytsia, IIR Professor Sergiy Galaka, IIR Associate Professor Valerii Batrymenko, IIR Associate Professor Anatolii Yakovets; and "Mass Media and the perception of reality: methods of communication" - coaches IIR Associate Professor Sergiy Danylenko and Head of the IIR International Office Dmytro Iarovyi;

- according to the tasks provided by coaches, to develop and present to the experts the group projects.


The outcome of the school was presented on October 10 at the expert roundtable opened by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Member of Parliament of Ukraine Borys Tarasyuk. Experts during the roundtable were representing government, civil society and academia circles: Anna Novosad (Counselor to the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine), Volodymyr Panin (Deputy Head of the Research Centre for Humanitarian Problems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine), Yevhen Magda (Director of Social Relations Center, Associate Professor at NTU KPI), Valentyna Strilko (President of Yaroslav the Wise International Charitable Foundation), Yakiv Goldenberg (Teacher of History of Ukrainian Humanitarian Lyceum of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Merited Teacher of Ukraine), and other Ukrainian and foreign experts and scholars of the Institute of International Relations. During the roundtable experts has commented and rated the projects prepared by students during the previous two days of school. After that the students were awarded with the official Certificate of IIR International School 2014.

Obviously, this event has combined in fruitful collaboration the highly skilled professionals and modern intellectual youth, and gave both parties an unforgettable experience and memories.



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