In the past twenty years, since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, CIUS has been encountering new challenges of a global and local nature.
The political map of Europe has been changing since the collapse of the Communist system and in response to globalization processes; the borders of new national states and the outlines of new integrative political projects are becoming more visible.
The make-up and profile of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, leaders of which initiated the establishment of CIUS about 40 years ago, are changing; along with a new succession of generations, a new wave of cultural assimilation is taking place.
The Humanities are changing under the impact of new intellectual, informational, and technological challenges; today, the Humanities all over the world are facing institutional and methodological crises.
The status and the mandate of CIUS are also changing: the process of its integration into the University’s environment entails a re-focusing of its educational as well as its scholarly activity.
The next period of the Institute’s development will be marked by structural, intellectual, and technological changes which should foster the renovation and consolidation of Ukrainian studies, and the rethinking of our academic and cultural identities.
Ukrainian studies must become more open to intellectual innovations at the interdisciplinary level, within a broad historical and geographical context; they should be friendly to representatives of all social sciences and humanities who are studying the processes of interaction between cultures, fundamental values, and institutions.
Dynamic changes in the increasingly globalizing world compel CIUS to rethink its mission, its professional and cultural profiles, and to develop a new strategy for the future in order to secure a leading role for the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies worldwide.
I do believe that a renewed Institute will receive strong support from the academic and wider communities.