Building the strategy and tactics of its development, the Institute comes from the need to strengthen the practical component in the training of future professionals. Because our present approach is an implementation of the slogan “Studying not only for degree, but for employment.” One of the most effective forms to improve skills of students, implemented and widely developed at the Institute, is to conduct master classes for undergraduates involving professional practitioners both of public and business structures.
Master classes are currently used in education as an original and effective teaching method. Its principal task is to acquaint the students with the basics of a professional attitude towards the chosen major, to improve skills, approaches and even a foreign language for special purposes. In addition, the use of master classes as a form of education provides for a possibility of internship or practices in the institution or firm, represented by an invited expert (which is usually representative of senior management) and, in case of success, further employment in the same establishment.
For years, the Institute of International Relations successfully cooperates with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; within this program of cooperation the heads of departments of the Ministry, according to the approved schedule, conduct master classes with students of all departments of the Institute. The Institute of International Relations not only reinforces but also expands this practice in cooperation with other relevant institutions, as well as some well-known professionals.
Practical workshops on a variety of majors started their work at the Institute of International Relations.
To acquire practical experience by students of the major “International Business” from 04 September to 21 November 2013 a 10-week English language training was held which was entitled “The Art of a Professional Presentation and Negotiation in Business” involving the leaders of well-known foreign companies.
In December 2013 and in March 2014 the major “International information” conducted the first and the second seasons of the intellectual and practical game “PRactice” where three teams fought for victory and traineeship in one of the leading PR agencies of Ukraine - SPN Ogilvy.
Since the second term of academic year 2013-2014 “V.I. Ryzhyi’s Legal Laboratory” starts its work at the department “International Law", within which students of the Institute of International Relations will be able to study the basics and gain practical experience in their future occupation.
Business Education Center Startup Ukraine offers students IIR workshops on practical skills of entrepreneurship.