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About us

The Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine (PJP) promotes a scholarly understanding of the government, economy, and society of contemporary Ukraine, as well as the country’s history and culture.

Established in 2001 with the support of Petro Jacyk and the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, PJP is housed within the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Program activities and initiatives are administered by the Director of CERES and Program Administrator in consultation with the Program’s Coordinating Committee.

Our program actively encourages the development of joint projects by scholars in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto and Ukrainianists in other institutions. It promotes the study of Ukraine by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures, and seminars. PJP brings visiting scholars from Ukraine to the University of Toronto and invites Ukrainian political, state, and cultural figures to speak as part of our lecture series.

Our main themes focus on the challenges facing independent Ukraine and include:

  • Building an effective state
  • Designing and implementing policies that serve public interests
  • Foreign policy and international relations
  • Education, culture, and national identity