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, which has 12 specialized chairs and one all-Institute chair of foreign languages; they provide training in six specialities:
The Institute trains about 2500 students, post-graduate students and trainees. Nearly 250 of them are nationals of more than 20 countries around the world; over 300 persons are gaining their second degree extramurally. 186 members of the teaching staff are in charge of the academic process at the Institute. Famous scholars, teachers and practitioners of other Taras Shevchenko University departments, other universities and research institutions of Ukraine and foreign countries are invited to deliver lectures and speeches, hold workshops, supervise diploma and course work. Officials of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy, other ministries and departments of Ukraine, foreign statesmen and diplomats communicate with the students on a regular basis.
A crucially important innovation in the academic process is the development and practical implementation of the English-language Master's programs of East European Studies in the Department of International Relations, International Litigation in the Department of International Law, and CIS Economic Studies in the Department of International Economic Relations. The English-language Master's programs were launched in 2012/2013 academic year. Since 2013/2014 academic year English-language master's programs are introduced in the Department of International Business and International Information, while the Department of International Law introduces a new program on Private International Law.
In 2012/2013 the Protocol to the Agreement on Cooperation between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the MFA of Russia – MGIMO on Double Master's Degrees broke new ground in introducing new Master's program in International Relations named «East European Studies». In particular, the Master's program provides for exchange of students between the IIR and MGIMO. The students are to be trained at each of the universities following a synchronized curriculum for a term, and they are awarded two master's degrees respectively – from each of the partner universities. Currently, this program enrolls 7 students each from both Universities.
The 2012/2013 academic year brought in a new permanent form of training: master classes from senior officials from the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine that are given by heads and deputy heads of the Ministry. The subjects of the workshops draw upon relevant curriculum courses. The Institute has numerous laboratories, such as Teaching Aids Laboratory, Information and Computer Studies Laboratory, Photocopying Laboratory, Laboratory of Methodological and Publication Support on the premises, Internet centre etc.
The Institute of International Relations is the hub of numerous national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, round tables on a range of global issues. Meetings are organized with high foreign guests, ambassadors of foreign states to Ukraine.
The IIR operates specialized scientific councils on candidate and doctoral dissertations – 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 the range of its contacts with universities and research centers in Ukraine and abroad and works towards strengthening them. 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 interuniversity agreements the Institute cooperates with more than 60 partner institutions of higher learning from the UK, Belgium, Greece, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Canada, China, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Poland, Russia, USA, France, Japan and others.
Over the years, initially the faculty and then the Institute has trained more than 10,000 professionals, including both citizens of Ukraine and those of 90 other countries of the world.