Current Activities and Projects
In keeping with our Mission Statement and Statement of Objectives, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre is now engaged in a wide range of exciting activities and projects.
Deepening and expanding our partnerships with Canadian and regional institutions of higher learning
- In 2010, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre helped to facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Chernivtsi National University (CNU) and the University of Manitoba at the 1st Bi-annual Conference on Canadian Studies.
- In 2008, a new ten-year agreement was signed between Chernivtsi National University and the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), renewing the official relationship.
- In 2006, Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre staff joined the Central European Association for Canadian Studies.
- In 2005, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre was officially made a member of the International Council of Canadian Studies.
Faculty and student exchanges with Canadian institutions of higher learning
- In 2010, Mr. Carl Hydomako - a M.A. student - was the UofS graduate intern to the Centre where he taught an undergraduate class on Canadian federalism and assisted with both the 1st Bi-annual Conference on Canadian Studies (Feb 26-28) and a faculty/graduate student roundtable, "Managing Immigration: The Recent Canadian/Ukrainian/Saskatchewan Experience" (May 11-12).
- In 2008, Mr. Nicholas Decock - a M.A. student - was as the UofS graduate intern to the Centre where he taught an undergraduate class on Canadian foreign policy and assisted in the Centre's development.
- In 2007, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre, the UofS, and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada sponsored Mr. Eric Woods – a MPhil/PhD student in the department of Government at the London School of Economics and a former student of the UofS – to come to Chernivtsi to teach one senior undergraduate class in Canadian politics while helping Centre staff to carry out their tasks.
- In 2006, Professors Bohdan S. Kordan and Morris Altman from the UofS visited the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre with the purpose of helping to kick-start the proposed renewed relationship between CNU and the UofS.
- In 2004, Mr. Oleh Kozachuk, then director of the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre Library, was sponsored by the UofS to travel to the university and identify possible book titles for the Canadian Studies Library while attending classes on Canadian topics.
Disseminating research in the field of Canadian studies
- In association with the Government of Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada, St. Thomas Moore College and the University of Saskatchewan, the Centre hosted a two day faculty/graduate student roundtable: "Managing Immigration: The Recent Canadian/Ukrainian/Saskatchewan Experience." This roundtable attracted three UofS professors, two UofS graduate students, the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine and embassy staff, as well as numerous academics and students from CNU to participate in fruitful discussions on the topic of immigration.
- In association with the Government of Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Centre and CNU hosted the 1st Bi-annual Conference on Canadian Studies from 26-28 February 2010. This conference brought together academics from across Ukraine and internationally from Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland, and Germany, to share papers and research in the field of Canadian studies.
- Dr. Vitaliy Makar and Mrs. Yulia Balytska, current Director of the Canadian Studies Centre submitted articles to be published in Forum, a scholarly journal published in both English and Ukrainian on Canadian topics. The journal, sponsored by the Canadian Embassy, is due to be made available sometime in 2008.
- In April 2008, Mrs. Yulia Balytska, current Director of the Canadian Studies Centre and Mr. Oleh Kozachuk, former Director of the Canadian Studies Centre, attended the Third Unconventional Meeting of Young Canadianists in Baia Mare, Romania to present papers on Canadian topics.
- In December 2007, Dr. Makar and Mr. Kozachuk attended a conference entitled “The Invention of Canada” in Graz, Austria to deliver papers on issues regarding the First Nations and Ukrainian-Canadians.
- In the summer of 2007, Mr. Oleh Kozachuk chaperoned a group of undergraduate students who attended an English-language summer school in Poland.
- In October 2006, Dr. Makar and Mr. Kozachuk attended the fourth International Conference of the Central European Association of Canadian Studies in Debrecen, Hungary to present papers on Canadian topics.
Developing an up-to-date Canadian studies library, including online resources
- Since its official opening in 2005, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre has grown to include over 400 up-to-date titles on all aspects of Canadian studies in the Ukrainian, English, and French languages.
- With the help of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, the Ramon Hnatyshyn Canadian Studies Centre has allotted one computer with high-speed internet connection for student research.
Enhancing the Student Experience
- Canadian Studies Centre staff are working to create a programme which would allow students to obtain a specialization in Canadian Studies within a wider International Relations degree program.
- Three new courses were recently offered to MA students in Canadian Studies. The courses were: The Canadian Federation – Historical and Contemporary Issues; Issues of Modern Federalism; The Socio-Political Integration of Ukrainians in Canada’s Multiethnic Society.
- Senior undergraduate courses currently offered that relate to Canada include: Canadian Federalism; Canadian Foreign Policy; Canadian Public Administration; Ukrainian-Canadians, Multiculturalism and Socio-Political Integration; Ukrainian Immigration to Canada: Historical and Contemporary Issues.
- Further courses that have been offered to students with some Canadian content include: Comparative Politics; Foreign Policy of the G7; International Politics of the Ukrainian Diaspora; Ethnicity and the State System; Comparative Constitutional Analysis; Comparative Public Administration; Foreign Policy of Ukraine; International Organization; Fundamentals of Political Geography; and Comparative Political Geography.