Since 1976, the Institute has been bringing Ukrainian studies and knowledge about Ukraine into the North American scholarly mainstream. Four decades of accomplishments have helped define the direction and pace of development of Ukrainian studies not only in North America, but also in Europe and Ukraine. This development has not only connected academic communities, but also helped give the University of Alberta a national and international presence and reputation.

The three main research areas within the Institute are Ukrainian-Canadian Studies, Ukrainian Studies, and Ukrainian Language Pedagogical Resources. Within these three areas, the Institute has cultivated working relationships with academic institutes and scholars both abroad and throughout Canada.