Winter School 2014

Winter School 2014

IIR International Winter School is the first ever International Relations Institute project designed to demonstrate the students of other universities the high level of education at the Institute and strong academic and organizational potential of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Structurally, the School comprises four modules, which has helped to fully encompass the key areas of international activity: "Ukraine in the world political process", "International law as a distinct field of legal activity", "The global economy is in the early twenty-first century" and "Information wars in international relations: methods, tools and technologies."

The participants of the forum which worked on February 5 -7, 2014, were international relations students from Denmark and Spain, as well as students from all regions of Ukraine: Kyiv, Simferopol, Lviv, Donetsk, Odessa, Lutsk, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Khakovka, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv Dnipropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Boiarka, Pavlograd, Kamyanets-Podilskiy, Kovel, Rivne and Sumy. In this regard, assistant professor of International Information Department, Candidate of Political Sciences, member of the Organizing Committee of the IIR International Winter School O.L. Dobrzhanska said the following: "The fact that this event took place, and the geography of its participants is a reliable proof of integrity of Ukraine and its sustainable future."

The meeting of the participants began with the solemn event in the Hall of the Academic Council where the students were welcomed by the Director of the Institute of International Relations, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor V.V. Kopiyka who greeted the participants of the project and expressed the hope that such events will become annual and traditional for the Institute of International Relations.

And the school began... The curriculum was very busy and interesting: in three days the organizers managed to include the lectures by the professors of the Institute, the workshops conducted by skilled practitioners in the field of international relations, as well as interactive activities such as simulation of the UN Security Council meeting.

Therefore, we hope that during the holidays the word "school" in the IIR International Winter School has acquired a new discourse and didn’t arouse the audience’s negative associations, as all lectures were distinguished by originality, creativity and interactive communication between lecturers and students. Some lectures, in view of specificity of the topic and the interest of students, were conducted in English.

In addition to the lecture course offered by the organizers, the participants were also given a chance to publish abstracts in the collection formed based on the results of the IIR International Winter School.

Volunteers actively participated in the organization of the School helping to make the necessary arrangements and doing their best to create a comfortable environment for its participants. In addition, the guests of the Institute were offered the extracurricular activities: review and discussion of thematic films, presentations and discussions in the close students’ circle.

On the last day, the ceremony of awarding certificates of participants of the IIR International Winter School - 2014, where the concluding speech was made by the Deputy Director for Research of the Institute of International Relations, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor M.S. Doroshko who thanked the participants for their active and fruitful work and expressed the joint opinion of the organizers and the audience that the project was successful and worthy of sequel.

Participants' feedback confirmed that the results of the IIR International Winter School satisfied both the organizers and participants. «It was very well organized», - shares her impressions the foreign participant from Spain Ukshia Estevez Alvarez. "Excellent school with good organization, highly professional lecturers and very well-trained participants",  assured Tatiana Melnik from Odessa. "Lectures were extremely interesting, especially when it came to practice!", said Lesya Shulyak from Kyiv.

It is obvious that this project was not a formal event, but a real festival which united in fruitful collaboration the highly skilled professionals and modern intellectual youth, giving both of them an unforgettable experience and fond memories of heated discussions and coffee breaks with delicious pastries, of which bright photos will remind. We hope that this event will become a tradition for the Institute of International Relations and will broaden its scope.