History

The Faculty of International Relations is one of the youngest at Lviv University. It was founded in 1992 at the initiative of the Rector of Lviv University, Lviv Regional and City State Administrations, a number of people’s deputies of Ukraine with the support and assistance of the Commission on International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

In 1992 the Faculty comprised two departments: the Department of International Law (created in 1991) and the Department of Political Geography and Country Studies (1992). In the period of 1992-2003 six new departments were set up: the Department of International Economic Relations (1994), the Department of Foreign Languages (1995), the Department of International Relations and Diplomatic Service (2001), the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism (2001), the Department of International Economic Analysis and Finance (2003) and the Department of the European Law (2003).

Now the structure of the Faculty includes 7 departments, the Centre of Nordic Countries, Institute of European Integration, International Security and Partnership Centre, Laboratory of Country Studies, Publishing Centre.

Besides the regular staff, well-known professors and researchers from the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Great Britain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and other countries worked at the Faculty.

The Faculty regularly organizes meetings with leading Ukrainian and foreign diplomats. Our guests were Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Anatoliy Zlenko, Henadiy Udovenko, Borys Tarasiuk, Kostiantyn Hryshchenko, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Volodymyr Ohryzko.

The Faculty concluded an Agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the training of specialists for the diplomatic service of Ukraine.

Students and staff of the Faculty participate in international programmes and projects: TEMPUS-TACIS “Teaching European Law at the Universities of Ukraine”, “Higher Education: Leadership for Progress”, “Commercial Diplomacy”, Partnership of Lviv and Oregon (the USA) Universities, “Ecology of the Baltic Sea”, “Peoples of the Baltic” and “Sustainable Baltic Region” within the project “Baltic University”, which lets our students and staff to take part in different scientific conferences both in Ukraine and abroad.

In 1993 a non-governmental student organization Center “Young Diplomacy” was set up. It is a legal entity which maintains relations with similar organizations in foreign universities and since 1995 has published its edition “Young Diplomacy”.