KPI MASTER’S PROGRAM ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MEDIATION FOR PEACEBUILDING - FIRST RESULTS
On 30th of May 2019 News Agency UKRINFORM held press conference on «What can KPI Master's Program on Conflict Resolution and Mediation do for peacebuilding in Ukraine?» during which modules of the program and the achievements of the first years of activity were presented
In 2017, at the initiative of Vadym Chernysh, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, in the National Technical University of Ukraine «Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute» (hereinafter - NTUU Igor Sikorsky «KPI») a new master's program «Conflict Resolution and Mediation» was established.
During the press conference, the modules of the program, created in cooperation with MTOT and NTUU Igor Sikorsky «KPI», and the achievements of the first years of work were presented. Participants also responded to questions from mass media and public about ways to build and achieve peace, reduce conflict/aggressionin our society, importance of professional mediation in the conflict situation, and most importantly how such skills can be used to regulate and resolve the conflict in Donbas and peacebuilding.
In his speech Oleksandr Levchenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Croatia (2010-2017), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011-2017), advisor tothe Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, in particular, noted that training of conflict specialists would facilitateresolving conflict issues from interstate to regional and everyday character. He especially emphasized the importance of training of professional moderators to ensure the negotiation process for settling the conflict and returning to the Constitutional framework of temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. For its part, this will create the conditions for successful reintegration, as well as the people who live there.
«The issue of reintegration of temporarily occupied territories is a top priority for the Ukrainian State and MTOT, because the query for the end of hostilities and the return of the temporarily occupied territories to society is very large», stressed O. Levchenko.
Oleksii Yakubin, political scientist, Candidate of Political Sciences, Andriy Baginsky, Candidate of Political Sciences, students and first graduates of Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation also took part in the event.
Speakers in their speeches also noted that the demand for specialists of this specialization resulted from armed conflict in the East of Ukraine and the temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopil.
«Currently, the Master's program «Conflict Resolution and Mediation» is ongoing, which includes such professional «maps»: specialized, technology-applied, international and practice involving leading scholars of Ukraine, world organizations and international experts», said Oleksii Yakubin and called on all concerned to join the program, outlined the conditions of entry and opportunities for further employment.
Andriy Baginsky added that the Master's Program in Conflict, launched in 2017, was a good indicator of how different components of society can work harmoniously for fast results:
«The program was implemented in a rather short time for which we had time to prepare a whole block of professional disciplines, as well as to carry out the first intake of students.In addition, through the efforts of the Head of the Faculty of Sociology of NTUU Igor Sikorsky «KPI» and the support of Minister Vadym Chernysh in the national classification of occupations of Ukraine a new profession was introduced, a specialist in regulation of socio-political conflicts».
Representatives of NTUU Igor Sikorsky «KPI» emphasized the importance of continued cooperation with the Ministry in training of specialists in conflict resolution and conflict prevention at different levels, and students and first graduates shared their impressions of the knowledge gained and the organization of the learning process.
The results of sociological research indicate that the issues of achieving and building of peace, the return of temporarily occupied territories to the constitutional ambit of Ukraine are extremely important for our society. Nowadays, conflict resolution is an urgent area of professional and scientific activity not only in Ukraine but also throughout the world.