The Ukrainian Prof. Dr. Vira Liubchenko has been teaching at HAW Hamburg since the war broke out in Ukraine. She is glad about this, but she doesn't want to get used to it. 'My hope that the war would be over by fall 2022 did not turn out to be right,' she says. She came to HAW Hamburg in March 2022 and initially thought it would be a short interlude.
Prof. Liubchenko has been a professor of software engineering at Odesa Polytechnic National University in the city of Odesa, which has a population of approximately one million and is located on the Black Sea, for over 20 years. She has been teaching in the HAW Hamburg Department of Medical Engineering since March 2022. 'I don't feel guilty that I came Germany, but I'm not happy about it either. I know how my friends in Ukraine are living.'
The distinction she makes between 'your university' and 'my university' is pure self-protection, she says: 'Because if I start to see HAW Hamburg as my university, returning to Ukraine will be even harder.'