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The Mission of the Program is to promote scholarly understanding of the government, economy and society in contemporary Ukraine, as well as the country's history and culture. Primarily through the encouragement and support of collaborative projects - typically involving workshops, conferences, lectures, seminars, and visiting scholars - and through the support of graduate students studying Ukraine at the University of Toronto. Housed within the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, the Program draws on the participation of Ukrainianists at the university and other universities in southern Ontario, collaborates with other institutions engaged in the study of Ukraine, and seeks additional funding from other sources to maximize the effects of Jacyk program money.


Established in 2001 with the support of Petro Jacyk and the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine focuses on contemporary Ukraine, as well as its history and culture. The Petro Jacyk Program is housed within the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto, one of North America's leading institutions for research on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the New Independent States.

The Program actively encourages scholars in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto and Ukrainianists at other North American institutions to develop joint projects, and facilitates the study of Ukraine by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures and seminars. The Program brings visiting scholars from Ukraine and invites Ukraine's statesmen and cultural figures to speak in its guest lecture series. The major themes covered by the Program focus on "Challenges of Independent Ukraine" and include: Building an Effective State; Foreign Policy and International Relations; and Education, Culture and National Identity.

The activities and initiatives of the program are administered by the Director of CERES with the help of a Program Coordinator. The Coordinating Committee plays an advisory role and determines program priorities from year to year.


Program Opening Ceremony.

Left to right: Peter H. Solomon Jr. - CREES Director; Nadia Jacyk - President, Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation; Henry N. R. Jackman - Chancellor, University of Toronto; Michael R. Marrus, Dean of Graduate Studies; Larysa Iarovenko - Program Administrator; Hon. Yuri Shcherbak - Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada.

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