Західноукраїнський дослідний центр з Європейських студій
The key project objective is to establish a Western Ukrainian Research Center in European Studies (WURCES) at the IFNUL, which will provide independent multidisciplinary teaching and research platform to support academically the adjustment of Ukrainian social, legal and business practices to EU standards. Institutional structure of Ukrainian Universities is vertically divided into traditional disciplines which prevents from building on available teaching and research potential in different disciplines. Therefore, the establishment of the WURCES at IFNUL will help to overcome existing constraints and will become a first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Western Ukraine.The WURCES aims to serve:• as a regional hub for research and teaching activities on the EU, • as an innovative training institution for evidence-based policy making in EU-related issues, • as one of the poles of expertise within Ukraine on the European Union for both local and national stakeholders,• as a venue for cooperation and dialogue with other Ukrainian and international partners in the field of European Studies, • as an instrument for disseminating information on issues relevant for EU-Ukraine cooperation. Target groups include policy-makers, academia (IFNUL and beyond), civic society activists, students not in receipt of training in EI issues and general public at large scale. Policy-makers are addressed through the capacity-building training, research and policy papers. Main activities are aimed to promote excellence in research in European Studies at IFNUL, to establish links between the research and policy-making at national and regional levels and to involve public into the European debates on policy issues.