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Department of International Relations

Кафедра міжнародних відносин

Cultural institutions and their participation in establishing partnership relations

Cultural institutions and their participation in establishing partnership relations


As part of the author’s course “Leadership and International Communications” of Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Inna Kostyri, the Department of International Relations hosted an online master class by Anastasia Olkhovyk – a successful international graduate, responsible manager of the university cooperation department of the “CampusFrance” bureau of the French Institute in Ukraine.

“Cultural institutions and their participation in establishing partnership relations. On the example of the French Institute” – a topic raised by the speaker during a meeting with student youth.



The lecturer of the department, candidate of sociological sciences, associate professor Inna Shevel introduced the guest.



Anastasia started a dialogue on cultural diplomacy, namely, how important it is as a mechanism for establishing partnerships between countries, a tool of soft power, exchange of cultural values and heritage, and strengthening of interstate cooperation.



Among the main functions of cultural diplomacy, the mentor singled out: creating an attractive image and increasing international prestige; establishment and improvement of international relations; promoting the interests of the state in the international arena; prevention or mitigation of their consequences (preventive-regulatory function).



According to Anastasia, cultural resources such as art (cinema, music, painting, etc.) are most often used to establish international communication; exhibitions showcasing cultural objects; educational programs (in particular, language schools); exchange of scientific, educational and other achievements; literature; broadcast of cultural programs; ideas of social policy; religion.



The graduate of the department of international relations also told about the French Institute in Ukraine (FIU), where she works. It is located in Kyiv and subordinates to the Embassy of France in Ukraine, and it was created in 1994 on the basis of an intergovernmental agreement. The mission of FIU is to spread the French language and culture, as well as to establish long-term partnership relations with Ukrainian figures in the fields of education, science, culture and creativity.

FIU also has a media library, which offers the Ukrainian public a wide selection of French-language publications, video and audio materials. This is the only official information center in Ukraine that acquaints Ukrainians with the trends and events of modern France.



A. Olkhovyk emphasized that the French Institute cooperates with Ukrainian state and private institutions throughout the territory of Ukraine with the aim of implementing cooperation projects intended for the general public and, especially, for young people, in three areas:

Cultural events present the Ukrainian public and specialists with modern French culture in all its diversity: cinema, theater and visual arts, literature, discussions, projects in all branches and disciplines of art. The “French Spring” festival, which has been held annually in April since 2004, is the brightest cultural event of the institute.



Scientific and university
FIU is an information center for Ukrainian students who want to get part of their educational training in France. As part of university cooperation, FIU ensures interaction between French and Ukrainian educational institutions. The French Institute is a key partner in the organization of conferences and seminars in various fields of knowledge and participates in various activities dedicated to science and youth.

Educational and linguistic
Activities of FIU in partnership with schools and universities: promotion of Francophonie and its values, assistance in professional training of teachers and lecturers of French (PRO FLE program, internship). FIU sets itself the goal of improving the quality of education in Ukraine, paying special attention to innovations, in particular, digital educational technologies.

This is how French cultural diplomacy works in Ukraine.



At the end of the meeting, Anastasia advised international students to be sure to engage in self-education and study foreign languages, which contributes to employment in international institutions. And she also noted that the professional lectures on diplomatic protocol and etiquette at the department of international relations helped her in her further professional activities. “You have to clearly understand what you like and develop in that direction.”