The Ewha Institute for the Humanities hosted the 19th Kim Okgill Memorial Lecture at Lee Sang-bong Hall in the ECC building on March 29. The “Kim Okgill Memorial Lecture” is an academic series organized to pay homage to Kim Okgill (1921-1990), an extraordinary teacher who served as the 8th president of Ewha. It is designed to further develop the humanities, sociology, natural sciences, and arts and to popularize academic achievements. This year’s memorial lecture was organized to offer a space for scholarship where the emerging issue of sustainability, or the collective awareness of life and ecology, could be discussed. Ursula K. Heise, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) studying environmental issues and climate change and actively putting her beliefs into practice, was invited as a guest speaker for this lecture. Professor Heise is not only an established ecological critic but also Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability and holder of the Marcia H. Howard Term Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at UCLA. In addition, she is a researcher and environmental activist who initiated the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project and served as the president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) out of a passion for global issues such as the environment and climate change. In her lecture entitled “Beyond Realism: Narrative and Environmental Futures,” Heise emphasized the risks of climate change threaten life on the planet and the need to be aware of these risks and take appropriate actions. She has sought possibilities of thought and imagination from science fiction as a new storytelling strategy for an era of unprecedented environmental degradation and climate change. She enthusiastically delivered an intriguing speech on how literature can provide answers to questions about this new era while introducing various subjects, plots, and narrative strategies from speculative fiction that encourage the development of critical thinking about human sustainability. “We need humanistic introspection going beyond science and technology and a policy regime, namely a new set of values, reconstruction of ethics, and intellectual imagination surpassing existing boundaries, to wisely solve the problems posing a threat to humans,” she remarked with great force. Following the speech, Professor Sohn Ji Ae (International Studies) led an enthusiastic discussion and Q&A session with Ursula K. Heise, Professor Ae-Ryung Kim from the Ewha Institute for the Humanities (majoring in philosophy) and Professor Ji-hyung Park of Environmental Science and Engineering. The Ewha Institute for the Humanities is in charge of the organization of the Kim Okgill Memorial Lectures. It strives to provide a place for new academic discourse while preparing various issues and topics to reinterpret and transmit the virtues and values that Kim Okgill pursued.
Ewha-HCAP (Harvard College in Asia Program), an international exchange program jointly organized by Ewha and Harvard, has been conducted by the two school. HCAP is a conference aimed at creating international networks of students and fostering future experts on Asia through academic and cultural exchanges among students at Harvard and its partner universities across Asia. The program consists of a “Boston Conference” through which selected students from eight Asian partner universities are invited to Harvard and subsequent conferences through which Harvard students are invited to Asian partner universities. Ewha has participated in this program as the sole Korean university since 2007. The Seoul Conference held by Ewha is considered the most fulfilling among Harvard students every year. 2023 HCAP in Boston Ten students from Ewha attended the Ewha-HCAP Boston Conference held at Harvard University in Boston in the U.S. over seven days from January 15 to 21. HCAP features activities designed and operated by the students, such as diverse academic lectures and cultural experiences. The program is composed roughly of an academic exchange program and cultural version. Held on the theme of “Start Small, Think Big: Change Starting From Our Local Community,” the conference was attended by more than 100 students from eight Asian universities: the University of Tokyo, University of Hong Kong, National Taiwan University, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, National University of Singapore, Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and Ewha. Participants returned to their universities with broader global networks based on the academic exchanges listening to lectures from renowned speakers and the various tour programs and social activities prepared by the Harvard delegation. Ewha-HCAP in Seoul The Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) Seoul Conference, which invites Harvard students to the Ewha campus, was held from March 12 to 19. The Ewha-HCAP Seoul Conference for this year was held as a face-to-face event for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was met with high expectations and drew considerable attention. The subject of the academic exchanges chosen by Ewha students for this year was “Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).” The conference was composed of academic lectures from guest speakers and Ewha faculty, campus tours, and several cultural exchange programs such as visiting a traditional market, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and museums. Along with Ewha-HCAP, Ewha maintains a close relationship with Harvard University as the only Korean partner for its exchange programs, including jointly operating Harvard’s Summer School Program since 2006. It is expanding its international networking, including by holding the “Harvard Model Congress Asia (HMCA) 2023” on the Ewha campus in January.
Newly opened living and learning spaces are adding vitality to an Ewha campus bustling with students as a new semester begins. Ewha Womans University pushed ahead with a campus environmental improvement project during vacation to provide smart teaching and learning environments and improve campus convenience for students as they start a new semester. Student Cafeteria Reopened with a Brand-new Look The renewed Student Cafeteria opened in Ewha-Samsung Institutional House (Building C) on March 20. The Office of General Administration (Vice President Dukyoo Jung) relocated the Student Cafeteria from the Human Ecology Building to Ewha-Samsung Institutional House after its operation was suspended due to a refurbishment project for the Human Ecology Building and as a Covid-19 countermeasure. The cafeteria opened with a new look designed to provide a more comfortable environment. This new cafeteria provides convenience not only for students living in the dormitories, but also to others using buildings located on the west side of the campus such as the International Education Building, Ewha-Shinsegae Hall, Ewha-SK Telecom Center, and Ewha-Samsung Education Culture Building. It also provides easy access to students participating in a range of intramural activities because of its location near Welch-Ryang Auditorium and the Student Union. In addition, the Office of General Administration is supporting Ewha through other means such as opening a large café in the International Education Building and normalizing the operating hours of the food court at the ECC to improve campus life during the new semester. Ewha Learning Space, or the Flexible Learning Space, Opened A number of open learning lounges have been prepared for the new semester. The Center for Teaching and Learning, part of the University Innovation Support Project, has been improving underutilized areas on campus such as hallways and lobbies to create spaces for learning activities, interactions, and media use. It also built open-style learning lounges in Science Building D and on the second floor of the Asan Engineering Building over the last vacation.The lounge located on the second basement level of Science Building D has been transformed into a flexible learning space that students can use to learn and perform group activities in different rooms designed for individuals and groups. The space on the second floor of the Asan Engineering Building has also been renovated into a bright and trendy space with more than 20 seats, including individual study rooms, bar tables, and sofa-style seats. Both spaces were specially designed to provide easy access to electric power to learners using their own smart media. The center has a plan to support efficient and convenient learning for students by expanding “Ewha Learning Spaces” tailored to each college and building in several ways, including by surveying demand in the future. The University Library Learning Environment Becomes Smarter and More Convenient With support from the University Innovation Support Project, the University Library has transformed the Audiovisual Archive located on the first floor into the Media Stage complex where IT, media, and electronic devices are freely available. Moreover, the reading space of the Science and Technology Archive on the fifth floor has been refurbished. The space has been reborn as a more pleasant place through a full rearrangement of the Science and Technology Archive, including expanding user spaces by relocating bookcases and now offers learners a view of the Ewha campus. It was reimagined as a more user-friendly place with stand-alone learning spaces by expanding equipment for IT and electronic devices and by replacing existing furniture. Ewha has devised the development strategy of “Ewha Vision 2030+” and is promoting multiple projects to pursue its “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society” vision. For this year it plans to support students taking on challenges and experiencing success within the campus by focusing on the third objective of Ewha Vision 2030+, “enhancing support for students for their future aspirations and improving the campus environment,” and by accelerating several projects, including establishing integrated supportive service tailored to students and expanding the self-employment support system.
A total of 291 Ewha graduates passed the final stage of the public teacher employment examination for the 2023 school year. While the recruitment group for this year was reduced by around 17 percent compared with 2022, the acceptance rate of Ewha graduates actually increased. The school also produced top- and second-scoring candidates in counseling, early childhood education, special education, English language, science, mathematics, fine arts, and music in multiple regions across the country. It was considered an excellent outcome. Students who have obtained a teacher’s certificate after completing courses in a college of education, a graduate school of education, or a Teacher Training Program at a general university are eventually selected as eligible candidates for appointment as teachers at public schools through a competitive examination composed of a first round of exams on pedagogy and major curricula and a second-round evaluation including in-depth interviews on teaching aptitude, preparation of teaching and learning guidance plans, and demonstration lessons. Ewha graduates and prospective graduates completing courses at the College of Education (Dean: Gyu-Ho Hwang), the Graduate School of Education (Dean: Eunhye Park Han), and the Teacher Training Program took the competitive examination. Ewha produced a total of 291 successful candidates in this year’s public teacher employment examination, including 217 for secondary school, 47 for elementary school, nine for kindergarten, and 18 for non-curricular positions in school health, library science, nutrition, and counseling. Notably, it produced the top and second-place candidates in multiple regions. Ewha graduates achieved the highest and second highest scores in both early childhood special education and elementary special education in Seoul, continuing the demonstrated strength of the Department of Special Education. In fine arts education, Ewha graduates also took the top and second place. In addition, many other Ewha graduates were honored to score first and second place in Seoul and other regions. Ewha systemically supports students and graduates in their preparation for the public teacher employment exam by maintaining a study room dedicated to the exam, offering special lectures by external experts (including current school teachers who graduated from Ewha), providing a space for and feedback on demonstration lessons, and performing in-depth mock interviews. As a result, Ewha raised the acceptance rate for its graduates and produced many top- and second-place candidates in major fields in the 2023 public teacher employment examination, maintaining its status as the sole comprehensive teacher training institution in Korea.
A Study by an Undergraduate Student Team from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Published in IEEE InterThe results of an undergraduate students’ capstone design from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering were recently published in a top-level international academic journal. Over the past year, Ki Soo-min (double majoring in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Byun Gyu-ri (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) conducted a capstone design project researching reducing battery consumption with satisfying the deadline conditions of mobile real-time systems. They succeeded in reducing battery consumption by 71.5 percent and the study results were published in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, a renowned academic journal within the top two percent of journals in the computer science field. This Ewha undergraduate research team presented modelling of techniques studied in different system layers, including dynamic voltage control to manage the processing speed of a CPU, task placement using low-power memory, and task offloading to distant edge servers, as a unified measure. They then optimized their association ‒ i.e., optimized the three techniques across different system layers. The research team elaborately modeled the correlation between runtime and energy effect throughout the entire system path encompassing the CPU, memory, and network subsystems under the condition of the application of the three techniques together. They then developed a scheduling technique to minimize power consumption while meeting all task-level deadlines. In addition, the team designed an algorithm that allows the immediate reflection of scheduling fit for changes in network environments and computing resource conditions. Ki Soo-min and Byun Gyu-ri, co-authors of the paper “Co-optimizing CPU Voltage, Memory Placement, and Task Offloading for Energy-Efficient Mobile Systems” presenting their research, related, “If this technology is commercialized, available hours of battery use in real-time systems, including remotely piloted aerial systems, are expected to be greatly increased.” Professor Hyokyung Bahn, who supervised the research as the corresponding author, remarked, “It is an exceptional result in terms of an outcome by undergraduate students. The research was conducted as an open-source project to ensure transparency of research, which was why it seemed to be more or less easy for the research results to be recognized in academic circles.”
Ewha held the 2023 convocation ceremony for new students at Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 10 a.m. on February 24 to welcome a total of 3,547 freshmen. The entrance ceremony was conducted face-to-face for the first time in the four years since the outbreak of COVID-19. It was attended by Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Ewha Womans University Chang Myong-Sue, President Kim Eun Mee, and faculty members on administrative appointments, along with the over 3,000 freshmen. They filled Welch-Ryang Auditorium. In her address, President Kim delivered a congratulatory message to the incoming class of 2023. She stated emphatically, “Trust the education, research, and training that Ewha offers and move boldly forward. Develop an ambitious and lofty dream that you couldn’t even have imagined before entering, one that can now come true as a member of Ewha.” She added, “I hope that you will be a trail-blazer for our new era and a role model for the next generation after graduation following a time of growth through trial and error and experiences of failure, whether big or small, at Ewha.” The remarks were followed by introductions of faculty members on administrative appointments, such as the Vice President, Dean of the Graduate School, and Deans of Colleges, a congratulatory song by the male professors’ choir, and a congratulatory performance by the Ewha Brass Ensemble. The male professors’ choir consisting of former and current instructors at Ewha was formed in 1997. It offers an annual matriculation medley of K-pop songs with customized lyrics. It has long been a sensation among freshmen and provided this year’s new students and their parents with great entertainment and joy as well. Subsequently, a representative of the entering class mounted the platform to pledge to develop her talents as a proud member of Ewha. A total of 3,547 new undergraduate students and 119 transfer freshmen from the College of Pharmacy began their academic journey at Ewha that day. Ninety-eight of these new students entered through a special admission program for international students, including four from the Ewha Global Partnership Program (EGPP), a full-scholarship program for talented women from developing countries. The new students will enjoy their campus lives for four years as members of one or two of Ewha’s 76 departments across 15 colleges. Right after the matriculation ceremony, a welcoming program for the intake of new students entitled “Welcome to Ewha” was held. The “Welcome to Ewha” program used a talk show format to congratulate freshmen on their admission while helping with their adaption to university life. It received a highly favorable response for its diverse content.
Ewha hosted the 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony at Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 2 p.m. on February 27. A total of 3,411 graduating students participated, with 2,184 receiving a bachelor’s degree, two granted honorary degrees, 1,105 awarded their master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees being conferred on 120. The event started with the march of President Eun Mee Kim and the deans of the colleges and graduate school. The ceremony was attended by notable guests and visitors, including Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Ewha Womans University Chang Myong-Sue, President Kim, President of the Ewha Alumnae Association Nam Sang-taek, University Council members, and over 3,000 graduating students. All the participants celebrated the graduation and cheered the fresh start of these new Ewha alumnae. Noting that “the Ewha networks branching out from the precious classmates, older and younger students, and professors you have come to know at Ewha will be lifelong strong supports sharing success and happiness with you,” President Eun Mee Kim delivered a message lauding their first steps as confident members of the Ewha community that continues to take on challenges and is working to change the world. The President’s remarks were followed by a congratulatory address by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Kang Kyung-wha, who played an active role on the world stage by serving as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations and in other positions with global organizations and who was the first female Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea. Professor Kang urged students, “Watch out for intellectual laziness, take small but positive actions, and live as a good and righteous person. Then life will provide you with amazing solutions.” She added, “I hope that you will draw upon your dream for your distant future even right now when you are just worried about tomorrow.” At the commencement ceremony, Chairperson Lea Armstrong (Korean name: Kim Ye-ja, admission to the Department of Broadcasting Journalism in 1960) of the Lea Armstrong Scholarship and Community Organization (LASCO) and Professor Lee Eun-jeung of Freie Universität Berlin (admission to the Department of Political Science & International Relations in 1982) received diplomas as honorary graduates. In addition, international students from around the world drew attention by receiving their diplomas as well. They included scholarship recipients from the Ewha Global Partnership Program (EGPP) designed to support disabled students, North Korean refugees, and students from developing countries in becoming talented future leaders.
The Department of Women’s Studies (Chair: Lee Euna) held an event entitled “Ewha Women’s Studies Continue” at the Ewha Campus Complex (ECC) on February 18 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its founding. The event, which was hosted by the department and Women’s Studies Alumnae Association and sponsored by the Korean Women’s Institute and the Asian Center for Women’s Studies at Ewha, was attended by over 130 guests including former and current professors, graduates, and students of the Department of Women’s Studies. After offering women’s studies as an undergraduate general elective (GE) subject for the first time in Korea in 1977, Ewha established Asia’s first women’s studies master’s course at its graduate school in 1982. The Department of Women’s Studies, which has been driving needed changes such as the academic development of women’s studies and improvement of women’s rights and interests by producing 350 talented graduates with a master’s degree and 52 with a doctorate to date, prepared the event as an opportunity to look back over the past 40 years and explore the future of Korean women’s studies. The first part of the event was an online academic conference featuring presentations on “Status and Cases of Research on Women’s Studies in Korea and Overseas.” Six scholars from Ewha’s Department of Women’s Studies shared case studies of women’s studies in Korea and other countries, including the U.S., China, and Australia, and the status of research in women’s studies regarding recent issues, such as digital platforms. Participants in the Zoom event included students from Ewha Women’s Studies. The second part of the event was opened at Lee Sam-bong Hall in the ECC building with a congratulatory address by President Eun Mee Kim and a keynote speech by Professor Eun-Shil Kim. Subsequently, a panel presentation on the theme “The Practice of Feminism and the Future of Women’s Studies Education” was conducted for sharing the experiences and vision of Women’s Studies graduates working in a wide range of fields. Next, a Q & A session was held to promote awareness of women’s studies and seek a direction for the practice of feminism that Korean society requires today. The final component entitled “Ewha Women’s Studies, All Its Days and All Its Moments” was designed as a space for encounters and communication among Women’s Studies alumnae. The alumnae who gathered here had time to ponder the past and present of Ewha Women’s Studies and delivered a scholarship for Ewha students raised by the alumnae association. It was a moment to reconfirm the 40-year history and renew networks.
Ewha Womans University recently won the 23rd “Building Bridges Award” presented by the Pacific Century Institute. President Eun Mee Kim took part in the ceremony in Los Angeles, California, on February 16 where she accepted the “Building Bridges Award” on behalf of the school, students, faculty, and staff. The Pacific Century Institute (PCI) is a nonprofit international organization established in the 1980s with the goal of increasing exchanges and improving relations among nations and individuals across the Pacific Rim. The institute undertakes a wide range of activities designed to promote conversations and cooperation among Pacific Rim nations, including support for Asian Studies programs at universities within the region and the supply of more than 200,000 related books. In particular, since 2000 it has been selecting people or organizations contributing to the PCI’s mission of “Building Bridges Between Countries and People” and presenting them with its “Building Bridges Award.” Ewha is the third winner from Korea following Chairman and CEO of JoongAng Media Network Hong Seok-hyun in 2016 and former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in 2017. The PCI lauded Ewha as Korea’s first educational institution for women fostering girls and women with no other similar opportunities in late-Joseon Korea. Furthermore, the school established Po Goo Nyo Goan, a center for the treatment of female patients. Throughout its history, Ewha has been steadily carrying out these two critical missions of providing education and healthcare for women. The institute added that it offered Ewha its “Building Bridges Award” in deep appreciation of the institution’s mission to educate women around the world in all academic areas and train them as leaders based on Christian values of love, dedication, and sharing. At the award ceremony in Los Angeles, President Eun Mee Kim remarked, “Ewha has produced the first women and the first female leaders in almost all fields in Korea based on its vision and 137-year history. The school is continuing to ceaselessly strive on behalf of women all over the world.” After the ceremony, president Kim visited the Rand Corporation, a world-renowned think tank, with the board of directors of the PCI and led a round table discussion on “Research for Regional and Global Challenges.”
The “Harvard Model Congress Asia (HMCA) 2023” was held at Ewha from January 7 (Sat) to 9 (Mon), 2023. The HMCA, which has been held annually in Asia since 2004, is an international English debate competition. The contestants take on the role of committees, such as the United States Congress, the United Nations International Court of Justice, and international organizations to discuss various issues including international relations and diplomatic issues. The “HMCA 2023” was attended by around 30 students each from Harvard and Ewha as the co-hosts of the event, as well as 370 outstanding high school students from Asia. The delegations, which consisted of 14 teams including the United States Congress, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, G-20, the World Health Organization, and the UNICEF, engaged in presentation and discussion sessions on current issues in various fields, such as security, international relations, migrants, energy, the climate crisis, and disaster response, over the course of three days. Through the contest, which was held for the first time at Ewha, Ewha students gained a deep understanding of diplomatic relations, leadership, and experience of an international debate competition by taking the role of a delegation representing the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and participating in topical discussions. In addition, the students who assisted hosting the event as supporters alongside Harvard students gained hands-on experience on the organization of an international conference and expanded their networks through global exchanges. Ewha student Eom Tae-ri (Division of English Language & Literature, incoming class of 2020), who participated as a member of the Ewha delegation, remarked, “It was great to attend the HMCA, where I learned and studied lots of new things by discussing common topics with Ewha and Harvard students.” Kyle Felter, who represented Harvard University, also expressed high satisfaction by stating, “The HMCA delegation, staff, and participating faculty members are deeply grateful to Ewha for making this event successful beyond expectations, as it took place in a face-to-face format for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.” Inhan Kim, Vice President of the Office of International Affairs, remarked, “Ewha supported the organization of the competition with the aim to enhance its global status and provide students with the opportunity to experience English-language debates and global exchanges as representatives of Korea,” and added, “Going forward, Ewha will endeavor to offer various opportunities for students to gain global experiences on campus.” Ewha is the sole global partner selected by Harvard University among domestic universities, and its partnership with Harvard has lasted over 15 years. Through the “Ewha-Harvard Summer School,” the largest Asia exchange program for Harvard undergraduates that has been held annually since 2006, “Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP),” a conference held alternately between Seoul and Boston since 2007, and the HMCA this year, Ewhaians are broadening their perspectives toward the world and experiencing global leadership by interacting with outstanding global talents from various backgrounds.