The overall objective of the project is to modernise regional studies in Ukraine through implementing an English-language MA programme in the Baltic and Black Sea region studies. At its core, the project is meant to add value to Ukrainian universities in satisfying the need for comprehensive knowledge in the discipline of international relations and regional studies. The 2-year MA programme in Baltic and Black Sea Region studies, which will be implemented in English at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (IFNUL), as well as the modules implemented in other Ukrainian universities, will provide an excellent opportunity for the students to obtain an interdisciplinary learning experience, combined with innovative teaching practices. The programme will be oriented for both Ukrainian and foreign students, whose academic interests or practical activities are closely related to the Baltic and the Black Sea Region.
Implementation of such MA programme and modules at Ukrainian universities will promote further cooperation between HEIs of Ukraine and HEIs of countries of the Baltic Sea region, introduce comprehensive studies on the whole region, its historical and current political, economic and cultural development, national and international co-operation in and among the countries of the region, as well as the region's perspectives in the context of European integration and regional cooperation.
The project also provides training to the Ukrainian teaching staff in modern teaching methodology and helps to modernise the teaching environment.