Author:
Andres Tennus

University of Tartu Ukraine Centre

University of Tartu Ukraine Centre (UTUC) was established in 2023 in the midst of the Russo-Ukrainian war with the aim to facilitate support to Ukraine by the University of Tartu (UT) and its partners. UTUC aspires to be the focal point that attracts expertise, connects stakeholders, and consolidates the efforts of the UT and its partners to raise awareness about Ukraine and to help the Ukrainian nation in building a secure, democratic and prosperous future.

Mission:

To support Ukraine’s reconstruction, development, and European integration as well as to provide accurate knowledge about Ukraine and Ukrainians in Estonia and globally via applied and academic research, training and teaching, policy analysis and advice, and strategic communication.

Ukraine development support:

Presently, Ukraine needs enormous international aid to withstand and win the war, perform post-war reconstruction, implement EU integration reforms, and ensure sustainable development. Estonia is already facilitating Ukraine’s advance on this path. UTUC strengthens and enhances University of Tartu’s Ukraine support activities, especially by promoting practical training for Ukrainian professionals in different fields.

Applied and academic research:

Whereas the available studies on Ukraine and Ukrainians lag behind the dramatic developments and are rather dispersed across disciplines, the centre endeavours to ensure an empirical, coherent, and comprehensive multi-disciplinary perspective with a focus on contemporary society complemented with historical background and a forward-looking perspective on Ukrainian studies.

Training and teaching:

UTUC intends to partner with other departments to co-develop training programs for professionals in Ukraine. Moreover, the centre offers its flagship UT-wide course “Ukraine: A Nation at the Frontier”. This elective course aims to introduce Ukraine from different perspectives and examine how various developments in Ukrainian history and politics affect contemporary Ukrainians and their neighbours.

Policy analysis and advice:

UTUC is willing to provide policy analysis with actionable recommendations for the Estonian government, European Union institutions, international organizations, and other stakeholders. Such policy analysis aspires to enhance targeted and efficient assistance to Ukraine, support of sectoral reforms, aid to Ukrainian refugees, as well as to ensure the restoration of territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine that will bring back peace and prosperity to the continent.

Strategic communication:

UTUC is committed to raising awareness on Ukraine-related topics on the web and in social media. The centre also disseminates information via its in-person and online events including public lectures and expert roundtables. The obtained findings are designed to be presented at meetings with Estonian and European decision-makers for informed policy action for the benefit of Ukraine, Estonia, and Europe.

Recent Ukraine-related projects

Recent Ukraine-related academic publications:

Khutkyy, Dmytro, Matveieva, Olga, and Diana Mirza-Grisco. 2023. “Voting in online surveys on open government policies in Moldova and Ukraine.” Internet Policy Review 12(2).

Khutkyy, Dmytro. 2022. “The Diffusion of Electronic Voting for Participatory Budgeting Projects: Evidence from Ukraine.” pp. 117-120. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting E-Vote-ID 2022. Edited by R. Krimmer et al. Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu Press.

Recent Ukraine-related applied and policy publications:

Khutkyy, Dmytro. 2024. “The race is on to restore Ukraine. Is transparency only a distant Dream?” HROMADA, March 18, 2024.

Salzburg Global Seminar. 2023. “Ukraine Civil Society Forum. Recommendations on Displaced Persons.” Retrieved June 30, 2023.

Salzburg Global Seminar. 2022. “The Salzburg Statement of Ukrainian Civil Society.” Retrieved August 1, 2022. 

Jussi S. Jauhiainen, Heidi Ann Erbsen, Olha Lysa, and Kerly Espenberg. 2022. Temporary protected Ukrainians and other Ukrainians in Estonia, 2022. Turku, Finland: University of Turku.

Recent Ukraine-related media appearances:

Khutkyy, Dmytro, Ukraine's "Peace Formula" - interview with Maksym Kononenko, Ukraine Podcast UTUC, 21.03.2024

Khutkyy, Dmytro. 2022. “Ukraine’s Wild Card.” European Digital Development Alliance, March 15, 2022. 

Hutkõi, Dmõtro. 2022. “Ukraina on selle sõja jokker.” Postimees, March 15, 2022. (in Estonian)

Current UTUC media platforms:

Ukraine Podcast UTUC on Spotify.

UTUC on LinkedIn. UTUC of Facebook. UTUC on Twitter.

Current Ukraine-focused courses

Ukraine: A Nation at the Frontier (6 ECTS) SHRG.00.039

History of Ukraine (Since the 19th Century) (4 ECTS) HVAJ.06.029

Ukrainian for Beginners (on the Basis of English), Level 0 > A1.1 (6 ECTS) HVLC.05.077

Other Ukraine-related initiatives at UT:

UT information regarding the war against Ukraine

UT Scholarship Fund for Ukrainian Students

NGO Ukraina Maja

People involved in Ukraine-related projects:

Head of the Centre:
Dmytro Khutkyy, Research Fellow in Digital Governance at the University of Tartu

Advisory Board:
Paul D’Anieri, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside 
Mark R. Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Piret Ehin, Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Tartu
Yevhen Fedchenko, Associate Professor and Director of Mohyla School of Journalism at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Co-founder and Chief Editor at StopFake.org
Maksym Kononenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Estonia
Kaimo Kuusk, Estonia’s Ambassador to Ukraine 2019-2023
Orysia Lutsevych, Head of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House
Matti Maasikas, Principal Advisor on Strategic Issues at the European External Action Service; former Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Jaanika Merilo, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, Advisor to the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
Volodymyr Palamar, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Ukrainian Organisations in Estonia
Heiko Pääbo, Lecturer in Politics of Baltic Sea Region Countries at the University of Tartu
Kristi Raik, Deputy Director / Head of Foreign Policy Programme of the International Centre for Defence and Security
Rainer Saks, Member of Executive Board of CyberExer Technologies
Andreas Umland, Analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies in the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Associate Professor at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy 

Associates:
Maksym Balaklytskyi, Professor at the Ukrainian Humanitarian Institute, Visiting Researcher at The University of Sheffield 
Iryna Fyshchuk, Associate Professor at the University of Agder 
Catherine Gibson, Lecturer in East European and Eurasian studies at the University of Tartu 
Oleksii Kolesnykov, Research Fellow in Political Science at the University of Tartu 
Olha Kovalenko, Coordinator for Regional Cooperation of the National Platform for Resilience and Cohesion 
Olga Matveieva, Associate Professor at the Dnipro University of Technology, Research Fellow at the Ruhr University Bochum 
Dmitri Teperik, Senior Policy Expert on Societal Resilience, Disinformation, Crisis Communication and Civil Security

Invitation for cooperation:

We are open for collaboration for the cause of supporting Ukraine. You are welcome to contact us via email dmytro.khutkyy@ut.ee.

Jakub Isański

Open lecture about Ukrainian forced migrants

NATO

New Estonian-French project on disinformation supported by NATO

EST4MORE in Moldova

Funded project with Moldova