January 25, 2024, on the basis of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the regular congress of the Ukraine Political Sciences Association (UPSA) took place in the telebridge format.

Opening the congress, the president of UPSA, member-cor. of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Oleg Rafalskiy, emphasized the importance of the existence of a national professional association of specialists and scientists in social and political sciences. The main goal of the Association’s activities is to promote the development of domestic political science and its integration into the world scientific space by establishing cooperation between scientists, promoting the implementation of scientific research, organizing scientific events and publishing scientific information. He emphasized that the Ukraine Political Sciences Association is the only member of the International Political Science Organization (IPSA) and this, in turn, gives Ukrainian political scientists the opportunity to join the global political science community.

Oleg Rafalskiy

 Viktor Kotygorenko, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, head of the Department of Ethno-Political Science of the Kuras Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Vitaliy Lytvyn, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor of the Department of Political Science of Ivan Franko Lviv National University.

During the congress, the Development Strategy of UPSA for 3 years, the website of UPSA and the journal “Political Science” were presented, and the governing bodies of UPSA were updated. The president of UPSA was elected the Director of Kuras Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Oleg Rafalskiy, the first vice-president of the Department of Political Institutes and Processes of Kuras Institute Galyna Zelenko, vice-president of UPSA, Head of the Political Science Department of Ivan Franko LNU Anatoliy Romanyuk, scientific secretary of UPSA Iryna Ovchar. The Deputy Director of Kuras Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Yurii Shaihorodskyi was elected as the Head of the UPSA Expert Council. Oleksandr Fisun (Karazin National University), Yuriy Ostapets (Uzhhorod National University), Vitaliy Lytvyn (Ivan Franko National University), Oleksiy Tretyak (Gonchar National University), Denis Yakovlev (National University of “Odesa Law Academy”), Margarita Chabanna (NU “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”), Oleg Batrymenko (Kyiv National University), Anatoliy Kruglashov (ChNU named after Yu. Fedkovych), Yuriy Yakymenko (Razumkov Center).

During the convention

The participants of the congress discussed a wide range of problems related to the strategy of further development of UPSA, formation of standards of political education in Ukraine, teaching of political sciences in higher education institutions, development of scientific research in the field of political science, integration into the international scientific environment, etc.