This summer I had a unique opportunity to visit multiple locations in Ukraine and map all the Schools of Social Work in my birth country. I want to thank Yaryna Ivashchyshyn for all her work in putting each Ukrainian Social Work School location on the Google Map: Schools of Social Work Around the World
I started my visit to Ukraine from attending the conference in Lutsk and visiting Schools of Social Work in Східноєвропейський національний університет ім. Л. Українки and Луцький інститут розвитку людини університету “Україна” (ЛІРоЛ). Then I had some time in my birth city Lviv and visited my home University: Національний університет «Львівська політехніка» (НУ «ЛП») and had a pleasant visit with my former teachers and current colleagues Drs Nina Haiduk, Sonya Stavkova, Tetyana Shapovalova and Liliya Klos (on photo).
I also received a special invitation to visit Черкаський національний університет ім. Хмельницького (ЧНУ) where I was conducting a number of live web conferences over the last three years and spent time visiting with local social work educators and learning about social work in the heart of Ukraine (Cherkasy is situated in the Central Part of Ukraine on the Dnipro River). Thank you to Dr. Svitlana Arkhipova (on photo) for all your support. I am looking forward to continuing our collaboration for many years to come!
Here is the list of all Schools of Social Work in Ukraine. The list includes more than 60 schools that are more than 20 times increase from 1999 when I started my social work educational journey.
Tetyana Semigina provides a good overview of the Social Work Education in Ukraine (English language):
Semigina, T., Gryga, I., & Volgina, O. (2005). Social work education in Ukraine. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/4122/Semigina_social_work.pdf?sequence=1
Semigina, T., & Bokyo, O. (2014). Social work education in the post-socialist and post-modern era: the case of Ukraine. Retrieved from https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/18297
You can also read the following articles that highlights the development of social work in Ukraine
Bridge, G. (2002). Sustaining social work education in Ukraine: The second phase. European Journal of Social Work, 5(2), 139-147.
Boiko, O. M., & Kabachenko, N. (2016). Social work formation in Ukraine. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/11682/Boiko_Social_Work_Formation_in_Ukraine.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Кабаченко, Н. (2015). Освітня політика в Україні: випадок соціальної роботи. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/handle/123456789/4585
Hayduk, N., & McKenzie, B. (2017). On developing a sustainable model of social work education in Ukraine. Cherkasy University Bulletin: Pedagogical Sciences, (8). Retrieved from http://ped-ejournal.cdu.edu.ua/article/view/1009
Ukraine has a lot of new developments in social work education. I am glad to have very strong ties with my birth country through direct connection with local social work educators. I am also proud to represent Ukraine as a life member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.
Sasha Kondrashov, PhD