The 3rd Ewha Movie Festival created by Ewha students has opened on Friday, June 26. It is a special cultural arts event that consists of Ewha Film Festival (EFF), which is a domestic and foreign film screening festival, and Ewha Media Art Presentation (EMAP), a media art exhibition. The Ewha Movie Festival established itself as a unique, large-scale outdoor event that utilizes the beautiful campus of Ewha. Celebrating the third anniversary this year, however, Ewha changed the name “Ewha Green Movie Festival” to “Ewha Movie Festival” to accommodate more diverse needs with a wider perspective and deeper awareness, and worked to provide opportunities to enjoy film and art works online, effectively utilizing streaming platforms. a film submitted for the EFF “The Cry of Small Movies” section | “One Day, You and I” for the EMAP “A Maze, A Muse” section The festival, which began in 2018, has grown into a large-scale project in which Ewha students are provided opportunities to learn how to systematically integrate and utilize resources, and to develop self-expression capabilities while planning and conducting the festival. This year’s planning team devoted themselves to implementing a stable online screening platform, corresponding to the changed environment due to Covid-19, so that anyone who wants to participate in the festival can enjoy film and art works. Thanks to these efforts, over 3,000 people visited the Ewha Movie Festival official website (http://www.ewhamoviefesta.kr) and the films on the website recorded 178,000 views (as of June 29). The festival is attracting attention as a successful online cultural event. The major pillar of the festival, Ewha Film Festival (EFF), is a meaningful event newly established in 2018 to broaden the scope of film arts. EFF invites mainstream and independent movies in and outside Korea to portray the current status of contemporary culture. As it was held online this year, it strengthened the independent film contest section, “The Cry of Small Movies.” The contest program received entries from young directors regardless of their major and selected films, through rigorous screening, that portray societal issues with a clear perspective and a sharp awareness even in a smaller scale compared to commercial films. Another pillar of the festival, EMAP, is an international media art screening festival that has deeply impressed domestic and foreign audiences, establishing its own domain of outdoor screening since it was established in 2001. This year, diverse media art works in and outside Korea as well as novel works by Ewha students were introduced, centering on the “International Competition for EMAP” and “A Maze, A Muse” sections. The section of EMAP International Competition was created to discover the works of domestic and foreign young media artists and promote their advancement. The A Maze, A Muse section introduced various 2D and 3D animations, created by students of the Ewha Design Division (the major of Media Interaction Design), and experimental K-pop music videos using the characteristics of digital video.
Ewha Womans University has emerged as an outstanding law educational institution as it ranks fourth among universities that produced new prosecutors in 2020. The Ministry of Justice recently appointed 70 successful candidates from law schools who passed the ninth bar exam as prosecutors, and among them five (7.1%) were Ewha Womans University graduates. This figure accounts for 12 percent of newly appointed women prosecutors (41). In the ninth bar exam, 98 students of Ewha Law School passed the bar exam recording a 98 percent pass rate against the admission quota (100 students). The law school also has achieved great results with four appointed as new trial researchers announced by the Supreme Court last month, and three as new prosecutors. Ewha Law School provides full support to students who prepare for the bar exam, with the provision of latest case studies, test training programs, tutoring, academic support and the operation of a testing materials library and the Soseul-gwan dormitory which can accommodate approximately 70 percent of the students. The school also offers sessions with alumnae for career advice, briefing sessions for law firms, and special lectures for interview preparation to be appointed as prosecutors and trial researchers, encouraging enrolled students to advance into various fields. Ewha Womans University founded the department of law in 1950 and the world's first women’s college of law in 1996 and opened the school of law in 2009, establishing itself as an outstanding institution to foster women lawyers in Korea.
Research institutes at Ewha Womans University have been selected for the science and engineering research support project operated by the Ministry of Education, the National Research Foundation of Korea, and Korea Basic Science Institute; and for the university ICT research center support project operated by the Ministry of Science and ICT. In addition to the selections by major institutions, Ewha consolidated its status as a research-oriented university by achieving outstanding results in establishing the research institutes that will lead the development of core technologies and the fostering of talented individuals in the field of science and technology. Ewha Brain Institute (Director: Professor In Kyoon Lyoo, Department of Pharmacy) was chosen in 2020 Universities Program for Key Research Institutes in the Science and Engineering Field by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Under this program, the institute will receive a total of 7.5 billion won in research funding for the next nine years (June 2020 to May 2029). It plans to utilize its own advanced research infrastructure and actively conduct research projects in collaboration with leading overseas brain research institutes such as Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Research Consortium, which is the world's largest consortium of brain development research projects under the U.S. National Institute of Health, the University of Utah’s Brain Institute, the Center for Human Development and Disability at Washington University, and Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University. Professor Lyoo, the director of Ewha Brain Institute, said “With this program, we expect to establish ourselves as a brain research institute with world-class research capacity in the field of human neuroscience, and to build an education-research environment that will cultivate excellent young researchers in the field of brain research.” The Center for Nano-Bio Energy Materials (Director: Professor Kim Dong Ha, Department of Chemistry and Nano Science) was selected as a 2020 Core Research Facility. As part of an effort to strengthen research capabilities of basic science, the Ministry of Education has conducted a project to establish core research facilities, which are shared resource centers for related departments, to promote the utilization of research equipment scattered within a university, and selected 13 research centers this year. Under this project, the Nano-Bio Energy Materials Center will receive a total of 300-600 million won annually for up to six years (3+3 years). Nine faculty members from the major of Chemistry and Nanoscience, and Physics at the College of Natural Sciences and four master’s and doctorate level dedicated members will participate in laying the groundwork for the center and conduct research on next-generation functional molecular materials, hybrid materials for energy conversion, and designing hybrid materials and properties evaluation. Professor Kim said, “With the selection as a core research facility, we will be able to significantly improve the management and deployment of research equipment at the College of Natural Sciences and the overall research environment of Ewha Womans University. This will also lay the foundation for establishing the institute as a world-class research hub in the field of nano-convergence materials research that encompasses bio-health and energy. Simulation-Based Convergent Content Research Center (Director: Professor Kim Young Jun, Department of Computer Science) was selected for the University ICT Research Center Support Program organized by the Ministry of Science and ICT. A total of 12 research centers in universities nationwide were selected this year for the ICT Research Center Support Program, which is part of a project to foster master's and doctoral level research personnel by conducting ICT core technology research projects. Ewha’s Simulation-Based Convergent Content Research Center will be funded for the development of core technologies to create virtual reality contents and the fostering of research personnel, with an annual research fund of 800 million won for up to eight years, and will support annually more than 40 postgraduate and doctoral students for their research. The center plans to conduct research on simulation-based technologies to develop a simulation as vividly as reality. Based on this, it will study how to create convergent content such as robot content, single-person media content, distance education content, content visualization, and AI-based intelligent content. Also, it will foster convergent and creative ICT content experts who will lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In addition, the center plans to hold a simulation-based autonomous drone racing competition jointly with Microsoft to conduct research on the AI content related to drones with capacity beyond human pilots' records, and provide students with the convergent content research environment.
The government announced a comprehensive implementation plan for "2020 R&D Projects in Science and Technology and ICT," worth about 5.12 trillion won, and Ewha Womans University was selected for major research projects, proving its excellent scientific capacity. Professor In Kyoon Lyoo | Professor Goo Taeg Oh The research team led by Professor Lyoo In Kyoon selected for 2020 Research Project for Overcoming Brain Diseases The research team led by Professor In Kyoon Lyoo (Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences/ Brain and Cognitive Sciences/ Director of Brain Institute) was selected as a new research team for the 2020 Research Project for Overcoming Brain Diseases funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT. As the team has been chosen to conduct the "development of diagnosis and treatment technologies for emotional disorders" research project, it will receive a grant of 4.5 billion won for four and a half years to build a biotype-based suicide prediction platform, which is expected to dramatically increase predictive rates of suicidal behaviors through the integrated analysis of brain imaging, genetics, blood, neurophysiology, brain and cognitive sciences and clinical big data. Since the Ewha Brain Institute opened, the research team has conducted successfully large-scale national projects including the original neuroscience technology development project of the Ministry of Science and ICT and research support projects of the National Fire Agency and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and research support projects of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The team secures unrivaled research capacity on building predictive models of disease and behavior through integrated analysis of the big data based on advanced brain-bio information. Professor Lyoo said, "I expect that our team will propose a scientific solution to suicide, which is a clinical challenge and one of the major social issues, by sorting out high-risk suicidal groups and providing appropriate therapeutic intervention through analysis of large-scale bio big data on brain-nervous system. Research team led by Professor Goo Taeg Oh selected for 2020 Leading Researchers Support Program (Creative Research Initiative) by National Research Foundation of Korea On May 28, the National Research Foundation of Korea announced that the heart-immunity-brain network research team led by Professor Oh at the Department of Life Science was selected for a new project of 2020 Leading Researchers Support Program (Creative Research Initiative). In 2012, the vascular and immune cell network research team led by Professor Oh had been selected as a recipient of the same project and carried out for the past nine years "research on determining molecular mechanisms of immune cell that can cure arteriosclerosis," and this year, as his team has been newly selected as a grant recipient, it will receive a total of 7 billion won over the next nine years. The vascular and immune cell network research aims to determine causes of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases due to vascular hypofunction accompanying the aging process of all living things. The research team is expected to determine the functions of immune system cells and molecular mechanisms that mediate heart-brain bidirectional interaction, suggesting a new paradigm in studies on pathogenesis of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and development of treatment for them. Professor Oh said, "We were able to earn this grant since Ewha has made efforts to successfully establish research infrastructure such as the animal laboratory, and constant investment and attention are needed to further develop research capacity in Life Science that Ewha has accumulated."
Ewha K-MOOC Lectures Evaluated as Excellent and the University Selected as Leading University for 2nd Phase of K-MOOCFive lectures of Ewha Womans University have been selected as excellent courses in the 2019 annual evaluation of the Korean Massive Open Online Course (K-MOOC). The K-MOOC conducted a quantitative assessment on 71 courses developed in 2015 and 2016 and chose a total of 11 excellent courses among them. Five out of the 11 courses, which amount to 45 percent of selected courses, were from Ewha, proving the prominence of Ewha-K-MOOC contents. The K-MOOC is a service providing excellent online courses in higher and vocational education for free, and Ewha has provided 18 lectures of high quality for the spring semester of 2020, taking the initiative in offering outstanding educational contents and sharing global knowledge. So Hyo-Jeong, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, said, "We are very pleased with this result, as it demonstrates that Ewha’s pursuit of innovation in college education and spreading of shared social values has come to fruition. We will promote the excellence of Ewha education through constant development of quality K-MOOC lectures." In addition, Ewha was selected as one of leading universities for the second phase of K-MOOC, which was announced by the Education Ministry on June 5. Accordingly, Ewha will develop outstanding lectures in artificial intelligence, big data, natural science and women's studies and play a leading role in credit transferring and exchanges among colleges, as well as expanding the global market. Ewha has continued to invest in the field of edu-tech utilizing ICT, such as MOOC and Flipped Learning, in an effort to lead the innovation in university education in line with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. By creating high-tech classrooms and developing its cyber campus to serve as an effective online educational platform, Ewha has prepared itself for future society and changes in education.
Ewha School of Business by Dean Kym Hyo-Gun received its third consecutive business accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business International (AACSB). In 2010 Ewha Womans University, as a first for women’s universities worldwide, acquired AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business International) accreditation for both undergraduate and graduate programs at Ewha School of Business. The third accreditation, following the second one (2015-2020), allows Ewha to maintain its international business accreditation for another five years (2020-2025). Ewha is the sole women’s university to achieve AACSB accreditation across all degree courses including undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs as well as all Ewha MBA programs, and this proves the school provides outstanding business education. AACSB International is one of the world’s most prestigious accrediting bodies in business education, and its accreditation is granted based on the evaluation of 15 items including college development strategies, faculty capabilities, curriculum superiority, education environment and students' excellence. To date, the accreditation has been earned by only five percent of the world’s top business schools (as of May 2020, 840 universities accredited worldwide). Kym Hyo-Gun, Dean of the Business School, said, "As Ewha School of Business earned two consecutive re-accreditations from one of the world's most prestigious accrediting bodies in business education, its international status has been enhanced, but we are not complacent and will establish a solid reputation as a prestigious business school through constant improvement."
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.”