Kotsur Vitaliі Viktorovych – Doctor of Historical Sciences, PhD in Political Sciences, Assistant Professor, historian, researcher of ethnopolitical processes in Ukraine and the world, conflicts in the post-Soviet countries, national security and terrorism, public figure, Senior Research Scientist of the Department of National Minorities of I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Vitalii Kotsur was born on October 4, 1986 in Romny city, Sumy region.
In 2003, he graduated Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi school number 1 with a gold medal.
Following his father’s example, famous historian Viktor Kotsur and his grandfather Petro Kotsur, he entered the historical faculty at the SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University» and graduated it with honors in 2006, received a specialty in History and Law. During 2003-2007, he was studying at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, specializing in international information. In 2006, he trained in Bremen in the Deutsche Angestellten-Akademie, as well as in CASA Internationale Sprachschule Bremen. In 2009, he graduated Khmelnitsky National University, specialty “International Information” and obtained the specialization “information analyst-internationalist, translator”. In 2010, he graduated Khmelnitsky National University, specialty “Finance”. In 2018, he graduated SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University», specialty “Political Sciences”.
From 2007 to 2010, he was postgraduate student at the SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University». On June 7, 2011 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on “Ethnopolitical Conflict in Transnistria in the Context of Ukrainian-Moldovan Interstate Relations” at the I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science in specialty 23.00.05 – Ethnopolitics and Ethno-state studies.
In 2003, he worked as a leading specialist at the SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University».
In 2010, due to the creation of the department of political science at the SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University», he began its scientific and pedagogical activity in this structural unit of the university.
In 2011, after defending his Ph.D. thesis, he began working at the Department of National Minorities of I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Since 2011 he has been working as a teacher, senior lecturer, associate professor and professor of political science department at the SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University» (part-time job), in the city of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi.
Since 2015, he has been working as a Senior Research Scientist of the Department of National Minorities of I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
International cooperation in the field of science and education:
Since 2010, he has been a member of the European Association for Security
From January 28, 2016 to June 28, 2016, he completed an internship at the Akademia im. Jana Długosza w Częstochowie, Poland
From May 12 to June 2, he completed an internship at the Institute of History and Political Science of the Akademia Pomorska w Słupsku, Poland
International internship on the basis of the Fifth International Educational Forum-Workshop on the basis of Ukrainian Global School from November 2, 2019 to November 3.
Participation in international projects:
The head of the working group in the Ukrainian delegation in the international EU Project 2017 “Strengthen Cross-Cultural Connections, Embrace the Differences.” The project was implemented by the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture within the framework of the Erasmus Educational Exchanges + from 5.05 to 4.11.2017
Danish Helsinki Committee for Human Rights – executant of the Danish-Ukrainian project “Human Rights, Democracy, Diversity and Internationalization of Ukrainian Society” 1.02. to 1.09.2017
Member of the EU program Erasmus + KA2. No. 586098-EPP-1-2017-1-UA-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP ” Modernization of Pedagogical Higher Education by Innovative Teaching Instruments – MoPED” from October 15, 2017 to October 14, 2020
Active Member of the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 (also known as the Euromaidan Revolution or Revolution of Dignity). One of the organizers of the Pereiaslav Taras Tryasylo self-defense squad, which joined the protest actions during the Euromiadan and eventually was reorganized into a public organization for the protection of the public security and law “Self-Defense of Pereiaslavschyna”, headed by well-known public figure, doctor of historical sciences, professor Yaroslav Potapenko.
- Chairman of the Public Council under the Executive Committee of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi City Council (2017- 2019)
- Secretary of the public organization for the protection of the public security and law “Self-Defense of Pereiaslavschyna”
- Member of the public organization “Maidan Pereiaslavschyny” and “Pereiaslav Treasure”
- Member of the National Union of Regional History of Ukraine
- Member of the NGO “Resource Center for Constant Development”
Vitalii Kotsur speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English. He also knows German (reads and translates with a dictionary).
Certificate of a training course on international humanitarian law organized by the Institute of Legislation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Іnternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on December 4-8, 2017 as part of a joint project on the implementation of international humanitarian law.
Vitalii Kotsur obtained the Certificate of professional development № KU02070944/000586-17 after he completed the skills development program from January 26, 2017 till October 31, 2017, at the Institute of Postgraduate Education. He fulfilled the program “Practical course of English language” for civil servants, employees of Ukrainian security and defense institutions in accordance with the agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, Brussels) No. 2015/7082 of 9.11.2017.
He got the Certificate of advanced training № 12SPV182450 after he completed the skills development program from February 13, 2018 till June 14, 2018 at the Ukrainian School of Lawmaking of the Institute of Legislation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine under the program “European Parliament Law” for civil servants № 1570/18 dated June 19, 2018
Fields of scientific interests:
- national minorities of Ukraine, ethno-national policy;
- international security, national security;
- conflicts in the post-Soviet countries;
- educational management.
He is the author of more than 140 publications on ethnic history, political sciences, Ukraine politics, ethnopolitics, state policy on national minorities in Ukraine, national security, conflicts. He is a member of the author’s collective of monographs “Donbas in Ethnopolitical Dimension” (2014) and “Galicia in the Ethnopolitical Dimension” (2017). He researches contemporary ethnopolitical processes in Ukraine and the world, national minorities, their history, current condition, prospects of development, as well as contemporary problems of national security.
Kotsur V.V. National minorities of Ukraine in the context of socio-political transformations of 1990’s of 20 century – beginning of 21 century: monograph. / V. V. Kotsur. – Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, (Kyiv region.): Dombrovska Y.M., 2019. – 592 p.
Ethnopolitical Conflict in Transnistria in the Context of Ukrainian-Moldovan Interstate Relations
The monograph examines the dynamics of ethnopolitical conflict in Transdniestria and prospects of its regulation for state-to-state relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. The author studies the historical and ethnopolitical essence of the conflict, defines the pre-conditions of the cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova and other state-to-state relations and analyzes the approaches of all the parties concerned with the settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict.
Ukraine in the system of international security and Euro-Atlantic cooperation: a manual for independent study of discipline / Form. V. V. Kotsur. Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky: Physical Person Pursuing Entrepreneurial Activity Y. M. Dombrovskaya. 2017. 180 p.
Brochures: Ukraine in the System of International Security and Euro-Atlantic Cooperation: Module-Controlling Tasks for Self Study of the Discipline / Form. V. V. Kotsur. Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky: Physical Person Pursuing Entrepreneurial Activity Y. M. Dombrovskaya. 2017. 60 p.
Awards and honors:
Nagroda European Association for Security Vitalii Kotsur za rozwoj nauk o bezpieczenstwie rozprawa doktorska pt. Konflikt w Nadniestrzu w kontekscie stosunkow ukrainsko-moldawskich. European Union. Krakow 12.05.2012
Certificate of honor to the participant of the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 (also known as the Euromaidan Revolution or Revolution of Dignity) to the Day of Prosperity and Freedom. Chairman of the Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi District State Administration Hryhorii Dubyna. November 21, 2014
Diploma of the I. F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for honest work and scientific achievements. Director of the Institute, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine O.O. Rafalskyi, Kyiv, December 11, 2016
Acknowledgment for personal contribution to the improvement of legislation in the field of national security and defense, information and methodological support to the activities of the Secretariat of National Security and Defense Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, for the feeling of high patriotism and civic stance., Kyiv. October 4, 2016
Order of St. Archangel Michael for merits on the revival of spirituality in Ukraine and the establishment of the Local Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret No. 2463 dated January 18, 2017
Certificate of Merits to the Chairman of the Public Council under the Executive Committee of the Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi City Council – Vitalii Kotsur for his active participation in the public life of the city on the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the City and the 1110th anniversary of the first mention of Pereiaslav. Mayor T. Kostin. Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi, September 2017
Diploma of the Kyiv Regional Council for significant personal contribution to the cultural development of the region, preservation of national traditions, conscientious work, high professionalism and on the occasion of the All-Ukrainian Day of Cultural Workers and Masters of Folk Art from 6.11.2020, order № 551.
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