Ewha hosted its 134th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 11 am on May 29. This year’s ceremony was held without the audience except for a limited number of attendees including Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue of the Board of Trustees of Ewha Womans University, President Kim Heisook, University Chaplain Chang Yoon-jae, award presenters, and recipients due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was live-streamed on YouTube. President Kim shared its accomplishments over the last year such as the establishment of new TELOS tracks and AI Convergence Education major within the Graduate School of Education, and the first year’s performance of Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital. She also stressed the significance of “superlative education” and “differentiated and unique research”, saying “By building a variety of private laboratory environments, all education in Ewha will be established as irreplaceable education. We will also put forth an effort to generate the new and alternative knowledge in all academic fields as a women’s university, bearing in mind that the core of a research university lies upon being in the vanguard of knowledge production.” After Kim’s speech, Lee Jinuk, a teacher at Attached Ewha Geumran High School, Professor Suk In Sun (Department of Law), and Kim Youngtae, the head of the department of General Affairs, received an official commendation for 30-, 20-, 10-years of continuous service at Ewha on behalf of 107 faculty members and staff. Also, the 18th Pride of Ewha Awards was presented to Choi Young-ae, the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and Choi Yeong-a, an internist of Seoul City Seobuk Hospital. “Pride of Ewha Awards” is a prize granted to Ewha alumnae or staff, who sets a good example of Ewha’s spirit by serving the school for a long period of time or achieving outstanding accomplishments in various fields of society. This year, celebrating Ewha’s 134th anniversary, the awards was given to Choi Young-ae and Choi Yeong-a, who have been committed to human rights and the socially disadvantaged, and have put Ewha’s spirit of sharing and servicing into practice. Professor Wu Jeong-weon (Department of Physics) was honored with the “Ewha Academic Achievement Awards.” The Ewha Academic Awards, marking its 16th anniversary this year, is given to faculty members once in their lifetime for their contributions to the development of study and the school with outstanding research achievements. The commemoration ceremony can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/ewhauniv. Meanwhile, the Alumnae Association’s Homecoming Day, which was conducted by Ewha Alumnae Association (President Nam Sang-taek) was also broadcasted online at https://bit.ly/ewhaalum. The event was held at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 2 pm at the same day in the order of “Alumnae Day Celebrations”, “Alumnae reunion for the 50th and 30th anniversary of graduation”, “2020 Pride of Ewha Award recipient” appointment, and “the 5th Light of Ewha Awards”.
The Office of International Affairs has reorganized the system for selecting international exchange students to provide Ewha students with more opportunities to study abroad, and it sets out to select exchange students for the first semester of 2021. The major changes of the international student exchange programs from 2021 are as follows: In addition to the existing regular recruitment periods (May and November), which is once a semester, two more additional application opportunities (August and February) will be given to students in a way to fill vacant positions, which were given up by other selected students so that more Ewha students can enjoy the expanded opportunities. Recruitment for non-major language-speaking countries, besides English and five major language speaking nations (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish), is launched to provide students who have corresponding language skills an opportunity for student exchange programs. In the case of the recruitment for non-major language speaking countries, the selection test is exempt for students who fulfill the qualifications such as the average GPA and the language requirements of the partner school. The Office of International Affairs will further expand global programs and increase mutual student exchange with partner schools through this new effort. The overall system has been reformed to give more students opportunities to have overseas experience. For instance, students who are dispatched to Europe, Asia, and Australia, will be given a choice to extend the period of exchange programs and those who are dispatched to English and other language- speaking countries (except said five major language speaking states which demand a language proficiency test) will be able to complete the procedure online. The accessibility to information on international exchange programs has been improved as well. The openings of available schools will be informed prior to application and be updated until the deadline of application in order to provide students sufficient time to explore information on the schools. Also, specific and practical information on the listed universities can be confirmed by referring to dispatch reports that previous exchange students submitted on the website of the Office of International Affairs. This school sends more than 1,000 students to prestigious overseas universities and renowned institutions through international exchanges with 1,058 academic institutions in 84 countries. In addition to the student exchange program, the school supports Ewhaians to strengthen their abilities as global talents through a variety of inbound and outbound programs such as International Summer College and Faculty-led Study Abroad Program. In particular, Ewha has been the first and only partner of Harvard University in Korea, holding Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program and Ewha-Havard Summer School Program, and proudly demonstrates its capacity as a “global elite school” through the network with other world’s leading universities and institutions including “Ewha-Luce International Seminar” with the Henry Luce Foundation
Ewha Law School Produces 98 Successful Candidates in the 9th Bar Examination, 4 Legal Clerks, and 3 ProsecutorsA total of 98 graduates of Ewha Law School passed the 9th Bar Examination, which represents a 98 percent pass rate against its enrollment quota (100). The school continued to achieve creditable results after last year’s 95 successful candidates. According to data released by the Ministry of Justice on Friday, April 24, a total of 1,768 candidates passed this year’s 9th Bar Exam marking a 54.12 percent pass rate among candidates. Ewha Law School showed a 63.23 percent pass rate among candidates this year while its cumulative passing rate against overall enrollment quotas (from first to 9th) recorded 86.44 percent. The cumulative bar passage rate from 2012 to 2020 among those who have enrolled in Ewha Law School registers 86.44 percent, and the number of successful candidates continues to rise each year. Meanwhile, graduates of Ewha Law School, Kim Han-ra, Min Soo-jung, Lee Ye-ji, and Cho Sun, were appointed as legal clerks according to the Supreme Court’s announcement on Friday, May 1. Under the court’s system, legal clerks are selected through tests among graduates of the Judicial Research and Training Institute or law schools. They work as researchers in courts, and some of them are finally appointed as judges. In addition, other graduates, Kim So-yeon, Lee Hye-jin, and Lim Ji-hye, were newly appointed as prosecutors on Monday, May 11. They will be assigned to the Public Prosecutors’ Office after completing nine-month education and training at the Institute of Justice. Since its first founding of the Department of Law in 1950, Ewha has established itself as the best legal training institution for women in Korea, opening the world’s first female college of law in 1996 and Ewha Law School in 2009.
Ewha is ranked No. 1 among Korean Universities in Gender Equality Category of “THE University Impact Rankings 2020”Ewha Womans University tops the list among domestic universities for gender equality in the “THE University Impact Rankings 2020” Organized by the Times Higher Education (THE), a British institution that evaluates higher education, "THE World University Rankings" is recognized as one of the world's top three university rankings together with Academic Ranking of World Universities(ARWU) and QS World University Rankings. THE Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that spotlight social duties and future roles of universities and assess them against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ewha participated in the evaluation for the first time this year, ranked No. 1 among domestic universities and 50th worldwide in the issue of "gender equality." The Impact Ranking impact on gender equality was evaluated in areas such as research capabilities on gender equality, the ratio of women in high-ranking positions, the number of graduates in science and engineering fields, and affirmative action policies. Launched as the first modern education institution for women, the school has fostered female talents, developed the potential latent within them, and contributed to the growth of gender equality in Korean society. The ranking results are significant in that they confirm the excellent capabilities of the school, which has served as the world's top educational institution for women under the vision of "women's intelligence pioneering the future.” It is also ranked second among domestic universities in “No Poverty” while placed fourth domestically and 66th worldwide in "Good Health and Well-being.” In addition, it was tied for the fifth place in "Global partnership" as well as "Decent Work and Economic Growth," which assesses the quality of the working environment and protection of labor rights, demonstrating its contribution to the society through Ewha’s spirit of serving and sharing and its outstanding achievement in research. President Kim Heisook said, "Ewha, which expanded the potential of women through education 134 years ago and ceaselessly led social changes in Korean, has established leadership for women in Asia and throughout the world transcending national border while realizing Ewha’s spirit of “sharing.” She also added, "We will continue to strengthen our capabilities so that our society can embrace gender diversity, prioritize the value of coexistence, and lead the future that will be heralded by the development of new technologies.”
Ewha launched an "Emergency Fund-raising Campaign for Overcoming COVID-19" to support enrolled students in economic difficulties caused by COVID-19. The fund raised through this campaign, in which Ewha members, alumnae and supporters participate, will be provided in a scholarship of less than 500,000 won to students who suffer from sudden financial difficulties resulted from unemployment of their parents and the loss of their part-time jobs. On April 10 (Fri), President Kim Heisook announced to faculty, alumnae and supporters that Ewha would launch an "Emergency Fundraising Campaign to Overcoming COVID-19” with an aim of encouraging their participation. President Kim stressed that a growing number of people are suffering from a war against the COVID-19 with no end in sight, and it is of no exception for Ewha students. She also called for attention and support, saying, "Ewha has a history of overcoming difficulties with an indomitable will in times of crisis, and I sincerely wish Ewha to successfully deal with the crisis by combining its potential and capabilities as a female intelligence community, as it has been since its beginning.” The fundraising campaign has been receiving keen attention and response from the very start. An alumna contacted the school and gladly donated 10 million won, saying, "I hope it will help students who stop studying because they don’t have tuition fees in this time of difficulties.” There is a growing enthusiasm towards the campaign, including professors who willingly sent 1 million won worrying their students whom they meet only via online, and school staff who donated part of their salaries. Thanks to a series of donations from faculty members, retired faculty members, alumnae and supporter, about 50 million won was raised on the first day alone with over 100 contributors. Emergency fundraising to overcome the Covid-19 crisis will be held until mid-May. Participation is available through the website for Ewha Fund at the Office of University Relations and Development (http://giving.ewha.ac.kr).
The Career Development Center of Ewha Womans University expands its employment support services based on artificial intelligence (AI) to all students in a bid to help their employment in the first half of 2020. As corporate environments are diversified, and recruiting systems have changed from open recruitment to on-demand recruitment for individual jobs in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, corporations have been actively changing in their recruiting methods by using AI technologies. AI-based interviews have been increasingly adopted mainly by public corporations, large-sized companies, and financial companies, which are highly preferred by jobseekers, and as of March 2020, the number of domestic companies that used AI-based skills tests for recruitment was over 300. In preparation for such changes in the labor market, the Career Development Center has provided students with experiences of new recruiting methods by offering more opportunities where they can experience AI and virtual reality (VR) since 2018. In July 2019, the center made an agreement to establish a data-based intelligent system to support students' employment and career. This system has provided the service, "AI-based cover letter analyzer," and starts to offer two services from this month, "AI-based skills test" and "AI-based interview" on both a mobile application and its PC version. By utilizing these services, students can check the results of skills tests and job interviews, into which elements such as pronunciation, voice, and eye movement are condensed. The center encourages students to actively use and participate in the AI-based employment support services, saying, "When the so-called 'untact' recruiting methods, which do not require face-to-face meetings, spread in the domestic and overseas labor markets, the services offered by the center, such as AI-based analysis of cover letter, AI-based skills test, and AI-based interview, will serve as a useful tool for Ewha students to maximize their employability skills and opportunities." Photo: a booth installed at Career Design Fair to experience the analyzer of a cover letter (left) and an AI-based interview using VR
Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF) held an agreement ceremony with ICURE BNP on March 30, concluding a contract to transfer the technology of the “nasal drug delivery platform by using cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs).” This technology was developed by Professor Kyung Lim Lee (College of Pharmacy), introducing a platform that enhances nasal mucous membrane permeability of high molecular drugs by using CPPs. And under this agreement, EUICF and ICURE BNP will set out in earnest to develop biobetters for intranasal administration of injections such as peptides and bio drugs. Professor Lee’s research team has proved that the new technology facilitates drug permeation more efficiently through the nasal cavity when the technology applied to GLP-1 agonist drugs, which are currently used as antidiabetics. They have also verified the possibility of overcoming existing limitations of injections by demonstrating its sufficient hypoglycemic effect through animal testing on intranasal administration. Patents for this technology have already been granted in the U.S., Japan, and Europe, let alone in Korea, and that is expected to secure market share expansion and increase in sales. “I am delighted to provide clues to develop the platform technology for new bio drugs by discovering human-derived cell-penetrating peptides,” Professor Lee said. “We will make every effort to improve the quality of patients’ lives and make inroads into global markets through joint research with ICURE BNP, which has a wealth of expertise in developing drug delivery technology.” This agreement has a significant meaning as it was the fruit of “IP–Marketplace in Ewha” event last December, which was held by EUICF to introduce outstanding patents of Ewha and provide a venue for research teams to meet industrial partners, where the research team and ICURE BNP first met. EUICF will make continuous efforts to create a virtuous cycle of making profits and reinvesting in R&D through technology transfer of the university-held patents, which are promising for commercialization, business establishment, university-industry joint research, and employment.
The Center for Future Innovation has established three new TELOS tracks in science and engineering major that are emerging as leading technologies in the industry 4.0 era. The new track in computer science and engineering, Big Data and AI Track, consists of the curriculum in which students can foster the core skills required by the industry, through latest applied subjects, such as Open Software Project, Cloud Computing, and Big Data Application. Another computer science track, Smart Interaction Track, is aimed at students who want to enter the Video Games and HCI area by learning the working knowledge in the software content industry. The Cyber Security major has established Blockchain Track, which is rising as a core technology in the industry 4.0 era. The track, which comprises subjects that teach security technologies, such as Fundamentals of Modern Cryptography, Computer Algorithms, and Blockchain Application, is expected to help students to enter the security, IT, and finance areas. The TELOS Track system is a creative convergence education program tailored to future demand that develops and provides various types of education courses in each major. A total of 65 major tracks in five types are operated at the moment. Since the system started as a pilot program in 2015, around 130 students have been awarded with certificates, and with 2,000 students participating in the program as of the 2019 Fall Semester, it has been recognized as the representative program for innovating undergraduate education. Director of the Center for Future and Innovation, Hyunju Lee said, "Together with successful implementation of the program for university innovation that is supported by the Education Ministry, the center will take the lead in producing global convergence talent with creative intelligence by continuing the innovation of undergraduate education, through various programs including TELOS tracks, the self-designed semester system, and the Liberal Effective Artistic Practice (LEAP).
The Graduate School of Education (Dean Han You-Kyung) has been approved for a new Master of AI Convergence Education program, as part of the Ministry of Education’s project, and is going to accept admissions applications for a master’s degree of “AI Convergence Education” for the fall 2020 semester. Compulsory software education is broadly introduced in elementary and middle schools starting this year in keeping with the Ministry’s policy to strengthen AI education based on the mandatory curriculum, which emphasizes the necessity for enhancing AI education and cultivating a specialized workforce. The Graduate School of Education decided to establish and operate courses for “AI Convergence Education” within the Education Department, in order to cultivate specialized teachers who will lead innovation in educational contents and methods, in line with the 4th industrial revolution, and to contribute to establishing a leading education system that deals with AI technologies that would bring a turning point in societal transformation. To this end, the school plans to run programs that aim to strengthen practical leadership in AI convergence education by utilizing 4th industrial revolution technologies, in collaboration with various related departments at Ewha University and other excellent researchers in the field of big data and convergence education. It also plans to develop and operate diverse AI convergence education models. In addition, on February 10th (Mon), the school signed a “Memorandum of Understanding for Establishment and Operation of AI Convergence Education Graduate School” with the Incheon Metropolitan City Office of Education. It also plans to complete MOUs in March with the Seoul Metropolitan and Gyeonggi-do Education Offices. Elementary and middle school teachers who complete the master’s degree in education (AI Convergence Education) will teach AI convergence classes in their school, and if they are recommended or selected for the program by a metropolitan or provincial education office, they will receive support fund within the amount less than 50% of tuition (up to 1.5 million won). The Graduate School of Education opened in 1967 operates excellent pre- and post-teacher education programs for preschool, elementary, and middle school teachers, and was selected as one of the best graduate schools in the 2016 education institutions evaluation by the Ministry of Education. It was also selected as the best institution in the 2010 nationwide evaluation of graduate schools by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the second best in the 2006 evaluation by the Ministry of Education. The school is expected to make another leap forward, with establishment of the new major, to a major institution that cultivates teachers who are equipped with the capabilities necessary in the 4th industrial revolution era.
A total of 300 Ewha graduates have passed the final round in the annual teacher certification examination for the 2020 school year. Ewha produced 270 successful teacher candidates in 2019, 324 in 2018, 281 in 2017, maintaining its status as Korea’s only comprehensive teacher training institution that offers majors in early childhood, primary and secondary school education and special education for core subjects. This year, Ewha produced 190 successful teacher candidates for middle school, 53 for elementary school, 27 for kindergarten, and 30 for non-curricular positions (school health, librarian, nutrition, and professional counseling). In particular, the number of successful candidates from Ewha in the field of special education rose to 43, up by 159 percent from the previous year (27). Ewha also produced successful teacher candidates in the field of home economics, IT and computer, librarian, and nutrition. As in previous years, a number of Ewha alumnae took the top and second places in multiple areas. In Seoul, they achieved the highest score in early childhood special education, the highest and second highest scores in elementary special education, and the highest score in early childhood education. The top-scoring candidates in earth science education and physical science education in Gyeonggi-do, and in music education in Incheon also were Ewha alumnae. Ewha Womans University College of Education Ewha’s history in teacher education began in 1915 when it opened the Kindergarten Training School, and it boasts over 100 years of heritage and competence. Ewha’s College of Education, which has the best and longest history in Korea, received the highest grade four times in the nationwide evaluation of teacher training institutions (in 2015, 2010, 2004 and1998). Ewah’s Graduate School of Education, Korea’s first education graduate school established in 1967, also belonged to the best institution group in 2016 and were selected as the best institution in 2010 and the second best institution in 2006, in the evaluation of education graduate schools, with its leading role in cultivating education experts required in various fields of society as well as providing both pre- and post-education for teachers.