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:
- International Relations,
- International Law,
- International Economic Relations,
- International Information,
- International Business,
- International Regional Studies
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.
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. In 2013/2014 academic year English-language Master's programs were introduced at the Department of International Business and International Information, while the Department of International Law start
sed a new programme 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 (University) of the MFA of Russia (MSIIR) on Double Master's Degrees broke new ground in introducing new Master's program in International Relations. In particular, the Master's program provides for exchange of students between the IIR and MSIIR. 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 from each 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. 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.
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 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, 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 90 countries of the world.
The principle of academic virtues is one of the most important principles of study at the Institute (VIDEO).