Professor Hyukjin Lee at the College of Pharmacy Selected for “Top 100 Excellent Achievements in National Research...Professor Hyukjin Lee at the College of Pharmacy Selected for “Top 100 Excellent Achievements in National Research and Development” in 2022 Professor Hyukjin Lee of the College of Pharmacy at Ewha Womans University was selected as one of the top 12 in the “100 Excellence Achievements in National Research and Development” promoted by the Ministry of Science and ICT in 2022. “High-Efficiency Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Drug Carrier Capable of Targeted Delivery to the Cell” developed by Professor Hyukjin Lee is a technology that enables lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) to effectively deliver messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) substances into the body to treat various infectious and incurable diseases, including COVID-19. Global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Moderna have created vaccines for COVID-19 using mRNA technology in the short space of a year, demonstrating the safety and efficacy of the technology across the globe. Professor Lee succeeded in discovering ionizable lipids and commercializing LNPs for the first time in Korea, thereby securing a cell-targeting RNA drug delivery platform using LNPs that can be applied as mRNA vaccine carriers. The research results are expected to contribute to the development of RNA treatments and mRNA vaccines in the future and secure an mRNA-LNP platform that quickly responds to unknown diseases as well as existing infectious diseases. In addition, the findings of the study are highly significant in that it secured Korea’s treatment sovereignty through the localization of the LNP platform. Professor Lee won the Scientist and Engineer Award of the Month and the Young Investigator Award from the Lim Seong-gi Investigator Awards for his contribution toward developing a drug carrier that safely delivers mRNA drugs into the body. In addition, he has greatly contributed to the development of mRNA treatments for hemophilia and siRNA anticancer drugs through joint research and technology transfer with various companies and institutions, and continued to develop new drugs based on mRNA. Meanwhile, the College of Pharmacy established the Center for Infectious Disease Treatment & Control with Professor Lee as the director of the project and was selected as a leading project group in the “Ewha Frontier 10-10 project.” Under the slogan of “convergence pharmacology in response to infectious diseases in the post-COVID-19 era,” the project group has been conducting the following studies: developing vaccines for infectious diseases; developing treatments for infectious diseases; evaluating the diagnosis, toxicity, and efficacy of treatments; researching the targets and mechanisms of infectious diseases; and addressing the entire cycle of infectious diseases including clinical analysis and statistical science. Upon the team’s selection for the Excellent Achievements in National Research and Development, further spotlight has been directed to Ewha’s efforts in intensively nurturing pioneering research fields with global competitiveness.
The second day of events for the “Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue,” an international conference for sustainable development and action against climate crisis in the Asian region, was held at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on October 28 (Fri.). The international conference, co-organized by the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University and the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, was established in 2015 to accelerate the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals proclaimed by the United Nations in the Asian-Pacific region. Over the two-day event from October 27 to 28, attendees discussed climate change and the achievement of the SDGs, while Ewha hosted the expert and student participation panel on the second day. The event was attended by President Eun Mee Kim of Ewha Womans University, Chairman Ban Ki-moon of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future, Mayor Park Heong-joon of Busan Metropolitan City, and Director Gi-Wook Shin of APARC, alongside world-leading experts in various fields who participated in the four expert panels as keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators. Attendants at the student panels on four themes included master’s degree and Ph.D. students and professors from Korean and international universities including Ewha Womans University, Seoul National University, Korea University, Stanford University, Osaka University, University of Malaya, and De La Salle University. At the opening session, President Eun Mee Kim remarked, “Today we invited the world’s top experts in each field to examine sustainability from the social, economic and environmental perspectives,” and further noted, “I hope that this event allows us to envision new ideas and reinvigorate our motivation, while reaffirming the urgency of the climate crisis and a sense of hope at the same time.” The topics of the expert sessions held at the Lee Sam-bong Hall included: Livable, Sustainable Cities; Climate Change, Disaster Risks, and Human Security in Asia; Valuing Nature in Finance for Systems Transformation; and Valuing Nature to Achieve Sustainable Development. In the student sessions, which were held simultaneously with the expert sessions at B143 of the ECC Building, participants gave presentations and discussed topics including: Green Financing and Sustainable Investments; Gender Mainstreaming and Climate Governance; Development Cooperation for Sustainable Governance; and Bringing Environmental Solutions to Scale Through a Business and Social Justice Lens. The event ended with a closing session under the theme of “Readying Human Capital for Sustainable Development.”
Ewha Language Center (ELC) hosted the “Ewha Language Center’s 60th Anniversary Ceremony” and “29th Korean Speaking Contest for Foreigners” on October 7 (Fri.). The ELC was initially founded in 1962 as “Language Lab” and has since developed into a professional language education institute by supporting the foreign language education for students. The center launched Korean language programs for international students in 1988 and has pioneered Korean language education by publishing a series of Korean education textbooks focusing on communicative skills for the first time among Korean language education institutions. Currently, more than 2,000 international students each year learn Korean and Korean culture through the ELC language programs. The ELC’s 60th anniversary ceremony began with a pre-event ceremony prepared by its students, followed by a commemorative speech by ELC Director Eun-Joo Lee, a screening of congratulatory video messages by Ewha President Eun Mee Kim and distinguished guests in Korea and abroad, and a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion. The event itinerary continued with the “29th Korean Speaking Contest for Foreigners,” which is an event that has been held annually since 1991 in an effort to encourage international students who are learning Korean. However, it had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and resumed this year after a hiatus of two years. Around 400 language training students attended the event. Six students from eight countries including Morocco, France, the U.S., Bolivia, Thailand, and Japan competed for the contest. Students who advanced to the final round demonstrated their outstanding Korean speaking proficiency with speeches about their experiences in and relationship with Korea, and received a warm round of applause from the audience. The first prize went to Wiwatdirekkul Parichat from Thailand, who gave a speech titled “Mother’s Tears.” To celebrate the event’s first return in three years, ELC students gave congratulatory performances such as K-pop dancing, singing, and instrumental performances.
Ewha Law School ranked third place in the number of judge appointees in 2022, proving its excellence as one of the best law schools in the country. The Supreme Court held a ceremony to appoint 135 new judges with more than five years of legal experience on October 5 (Wed.). Of the new judges, nine are from Ewha Law School, ranking Ewha in third place among Korean law schools. In 2013, the Supreme Court introduced a system titled “Unification of Judicial Officers”, which mandated the selection of judges from practicing lawyers and prosecutors with legal experience and knowledge in various fields in an effort to strengthen the public trust toward court trials. Since 2015, when Ewha Law School produced its first judges, new judge appointees each year have always included Ewha law graduates, with the number of judge appointees this year reaching a total of nine and thereby recording an all-time high in its history. The newly-appointed judges from Ewha Law School are Lee Ji-suk (third cohort of students at Ewha Law School), Jeong So-yeong (third), Jeong Hye-won (fourth), Lee Ji-eun (fourth), Lee Hye-in (fifth), Jeon Hwa-jeong (fifth), Kim Hyeon-jeong (sixth), Kim Hyeon-ju (sixth), and Lee Seo-yeong (sixth). Ewha Womans University established the Department of Law within the College of Law and Politics in 1950, the world’s first College of Law for women in 1996, and Ewha Law School in 2009. In line with Ewha Law School’s educational principle of fostering leading female law students, it has since served as the cradle of female judicial officers who dedicate themselves to the development of Korean society. Ewha Law School produced the two top scores in the 1991 and 2013 bar exams, and ranked the first in the country for the number of law clerk appointees in 2013 and 2015. It has continued its outstanding performance by ranking third in Korea for the number of law clerk and prosecutor appointees in 2018 and ranking first for the number of prosecutor appointees in 2022.
A research team led by Professor Taeyoung Choi at the Department of Physics has been selected for the “Quantum Technology Cooperation Project” supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). The team will receive funding of approximately KRW 4.7 billion for five years until 2027, and carry out the “International Collaborative Research Developing Multi-Qubit and Individually Controllable Trapped-Ion Based Quantum Computer” with Duke University in the U.S. In recent years, the trapped-ion based quantum system has been one of the leading quantum computing platforms and many international research groups have been actively conducting relevant researches toward building a practical and universal quantum computer. Professor Choi’s team plans to introduce world-class technological capacity for quantum computing into Korea in order for the country to secure essential and original quantum technology through international joint research with the world-leading Duke Quantum Center (DQC). This research effort will lead to develop quantum computers in Korea as well as to promote domestic quantum technologies and related industries. Quantum computing technology represents one of the key next-generation ICT that utilizes the principles of quantum mechanics. In a conventional computer, the basic information unit is a binary digit, or bit, which can be either 0 or 1 but not both at the same time. However, the basic unit in quantum information, the so-called qubit, can exist 0 and 1 state at the same time as a form of linear superposition of two states. This superposition state allows us to apply multiple inputs and perform logic gates simultaneously. Such advantages promise that a quantum computer can calculate specific tasks exponentially faster than any conventional computers and solve problems that might not be solvable otherwise. The research team plans to build a 10-qubit quantum computer by developing the quantum technology for multi-ion qubit traps and optimization toward the best-performing ion qubits. In addition, the team will conduct various research activities such as the development of optical systems to achieve scalable and high-fidelity quantum gates and development of multi-frequency, phase, amplitude modulation technique to successfully demonstrate quantum entanglement for the 10-qubit system. Moreover, the team will continue performing researches toward building a beyond 10-qubit system through the development of new and scalable multi-qubit trap technology. The principal investigator Professor Choi commented, “We expect that the project will greatly contribute to nurturing quantum experts, developing related industries, producing new jobs, and strengthening national competitiveness in the fields of quantum computing and quantum technologies” and added, “In particular, this may allow us to achieve technological and industrial advancement across our society and economy by utilizing quantum computers in areas including artificial intelligence, decryption, new material development, prediction of various variables, and high-capacity information processing technology.” The research team, which was selected again after its selection for the “2021 Quantum Computing Development Project” organized by the MSIT and NRF, will strive to develop and implement fundamental technology for quantum computers.
Ewha Womans University held the “2022 Yoon Hoo-Jung Unification Forum” at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building at 2 p.m. on October 6 (Thu.). The forum, which marks its ninth anniversary since its inaugural session in 2014, has been prepared as a venue for different generations to discuss a new vision for unification under the theme of “Re-imagining Unification.” The event began with opening remarks by Ewha President Eun Mee Kim and congratulatory remarks by Unification Minister Kwon Youngse, followed by an award ceremony for the pre-event “Re-imagining Unification Contest,” which aimed to inspire younger generations to take an interest toward and build consensus on the necessity for unification. The first part of the event featured the screening of a special edition of the documentary film The Children Gone to Poland, directed by and starring Chu Sang-mi, followed by a conversation with the director. Director Chu posited her belief that the teachers featured in the documentary were able to take care of Korean orphans with love and dedication despite the different racial backgrounds, because the children had reminded them of their painful memories from the Second World War, and emphasized, “Wounds can be healed by others who also bear wounds.” She also noted, “I hope this film provides an opportunity to reflect on our attitude towards young North Korean defectors, who are also Koreans, just like us. I believe we can encourage the re-imagining of unification through the power of the arts and cultural content.” In the second part, the forum presented the results of a survey titled “Ewha Womans University undergraduate students’ perceptions of inter-Korean unification,” which investigated students’ perceptions of unification, the inter-Korean relationship, North Korea, and North Korean defectors, followed by a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Re-imagining Unification” with President Eun Mee Kim, student winners of the aforementioned contest, and Professor Seok Hyang Kim of the Department of North Korean Studies. The young student panelists freely shared their views on the subjects of the prize-winning projects such as Generation MZ’s perceptions of unification, cultural exchanges, and inter-Korean forestry cooperation as well as unification. The forum has been providing opportunities to listen to opinions of prominent figures and experts, and this year’s event was especially meaningful as students participated in the event and presented their imaginative visions for unification that may have eluded older generations. President Kim remarked, “I hope that this event opens the door for many more opportunities for younger and older generations to come together and discuss the issue of unification.”
Ewha Members Demonstrate Their Competence in State Examinations Ewha produced six successful candidates in the 2022 Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions (formerly the “Civil Service Examination”), including two top scorers for some major service positions, and marked its best-ever result, producing four successful candidates in the Diplomatic Service Examinations. On October 3 (Tue.), the Ministry of Personnel Management announced 363 successful candidates in the 2021 Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions and the Diplomatic Service Examinations. Among them, In-yeong Noh (Economics, incoming class of 2017) who applied for a general administrative position and Min-yeong Lee (Science Education, incoming class of 2018) who applied for an education administrative position for National Public Service for Grade V Positions scored the highest, reaffirming the reputation of Ewha as a prestigious private university that produces elite female public officials. In addition, Ewha showed an even distribution of successful candidates across all other service positions, including Ji-eun An (Economics, incoming class of 2015) and Han-ju Yang (Public Administration, incoming class of 2016) for general administrative positions, Da-won Yun (Statistics, incoming class of 2018) for a finance and economy position, and So-hui Park (German Language & Literature, graduating class of 2012) for an international trade position for National Public Service for Grade V Positions. Ewha also made the remarkable achievement of producing four successful candidates in the Diplomatic Service Examinations, overcoming the high competition rate of 37.2 to 1 with only 40 final successful candidates selected among a total of 1,486 applicants. Hyo-jin So (English Language & Literature, graduating class of 2021), Bo-mi Park (Economics, graduating class of 2018), So-yeon Jeong (Social Welfare, graduating class of 2022), and So-yeon Park (French Language & Literature, incoming class of 2014), who earned the honor of being final successful candidates, will be appointed as diplomats after a year of training at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. The Ewha Career Development Center (President Il Hyun Jo) has been actively promoting the entry of Ewha family members into public posts by operating many specialized programs offered by the university, such as professor-prepared mock tests, test reviews, interview guidance, and mentorship programs, led by the Guiding Committee for the National Public Service Examination Preparation Team (Chairperson Chung Lae Cho). With this continued support, Ewha has enjoyed the reputation of being one of the top universities in terms of producing successful candidates in the state examinations, such as the youngest successful candidate of the Foreign Service State Examinations in 2013, the first-place successful candidate of the Legislative Service Examination for general administrative positions and the Administrative Service Examination for education administrative positions in 2015, three final successful candidates for the 2016 Diplomatic Service Examinations, the first-place successful candidate of the Administrative Service Examination for financial and economy positions in 2016, and the first-place successful candidate of the 2020 National Public Service Examination for Grade V Positions for education administrative positions, the successful candidate who passed both the Legislative Service Examination and the Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions, and the first-place successful candidates for the grade V general administrative and education administrative positions, thereby cementing the school’s status as a major institution that is leading the “female boom” in the state examinations.
An event for students interested in startup culture and aspiring founders of technology-based startups Talks with Vice President Michael W. Punke of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a talk concert sharing visions of businesswomen and female startup founders The 2022 Female Technology Startup Forum under the theme of ‘‘Women, Technology, and the Future’’ was successfully held at the LG Convention Hall on September 29 (Thu.). As part of the ‘‘Korean I-Corps” program, the forum was organized for companies in Korea and abroad that offer various on-demand services to share the processes and innovative results through which they realized their ideas and created new value with Ewha students who dream of starting their own business. The Korean I-Corps refers to an innovation startup education program launched by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) in 2015 upon benchmarking the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program in line with Korea’s situation. Ewha was selected in May as a women-specific institution of the Korea Innovation Technology Startup Center (KITS), the host organization of the Korean I-Corps program. The forum was simultaneously held offline and online via livestreaming through the YouTube channel and began with opening remarks by President Hyang Sook Lee of the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF), a congratulatory address by Director Bong-soo Kim of the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA), and a welcome speech by Executive Vice President for External Affairs Kyung Shik Shin. Part 1 of the forum featured talks with Michael W. Punke, Vice President of Global Public Policy (GPP) at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Meanwhile, Part 2 featured a talk concert titled ‘‘Talks about the Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship” for sharing experiences and know-how of technology businesswomen. Part 1 consisted of a conversation between AWS Vice President Michael W. Punke and Quint Simon, Head of Public Policy, APAC at AWS, under the theme of ‘‘An Encounter between Cloud-Based Advanced Technologies and Entrepreneurship.” In the conversation, Vice President Punke remarked on Amazon’s corporate culture of respecting diversity, women’s entrepreneurship in the cloud era, and anecdotes and know-how related to his career as a writer, a diplomat, and an executive member of a global IT company. This was followed by a Q&A session, during which students asked a range of questions including how he overcame difficulties while working for the IT company as a policy expert and what a background in liberal arts meant in engineering fields. In particular, the conversation drew attention as it marked Vice President Punke’s first visit to Korea with the hope of meeting the students of Ewha Womans University, an educational institution that embodies the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as shared by AWS. In Part 2, Soo-jung Lee, Head of Education and Healthcare at AWS, presented a special lecture under the theme of ‘‘Women@IT.” Subsequently, Soo-won Eom, CEO of Adriel, a company offering customized digital marketing solutions, shared her startup experience under the theme of ‘‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Digital Marketing Service,” while Ji-young Kang, CEO of Robo Arete, an innovative company developing a cooking robot and AI, shared her startup case under the theme of ‘‘Robot Food Tech Robert Chicken.” Part 2 was presided by CEO Na-ree Lee of Hey Joyce and wrapped up with practical and candid conversations among female entrepreneurs on women’s technology startups and plans to facilitate such startups under the theme of ‘‘Talking about Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship.”
Research Paper by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji Published in World-Renowned Academic Journal Additive ManufacturingExpectations for the application of 3D printing technology in fabricating microactuators and commercial application of LiDAR system as an essential technology for fully autonomous driving and smart factories A research team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering developed an electromagnetically-actuated scanning micromirror device for LiDAR systems using three-dimensional (3D) printing and published the results in Additive Manufacturing (IF: 11.632), a prestigious top 1% journal in engineering and manufacturing. A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system refers to a remote sensor that measures the distance to a target by shining a light onto the target’s surface using near-infrared light and then detecting the reflective light emitted from the surface with an optical sensor. This allows the system to accurately detect not only the distance to a target but also location and morphology of the target, attracting attention as an essential technology to achieve a fully autonomous vehicle. The research team of Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji devised a LiDAR scanning micromirror device capable of 360-degree scanning and fabricated the device by multi-jet fusion(MJF) 3D printing, a powder bed fusion process. The device developed by the Ewha research team was fabricated through the 3D printing process while a conventional scanning micromirror was made of silicon wafers using the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. This is a pioneering outcome in fabricating microactuators using 3D printing technology, which is conventionally used for the construction of macro-scale structures. In addition, compared with motor-based scanners applied to mechanical LiDAR systems or scanning micromirrors fabricated using the MEMS technology, it has the capacity to achieve high performance with short production time and low production cost, leading to expectations of the commercial application of LiDAR systems. The team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering drew attention by publishing the research paper, titled “Electromagnetic Omnidirectional Scanning Micromirror with Multi Jet Fusion Printed Structures for Smart Factory Applications,” marking the outcome of the project conducted with support from the Phase 4 Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project, in a renowned journal in the relevant field. In October last year, Ewha was selected for the smart factory sub-field under the “new industry” category of the innovative talent training program in the BK21 project hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The ‘‘Education and Research Group for training intelligent IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) convergent talents for human-centric smart factories” (led by Professor Jeong Tae Kim) is composed of ten professors from the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and three professors from the Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at ELTEC College of Engineering, and is carrying out several studies focused on the five core areas of smart factories: smart network, AI & big data, smart sensors, human-centric systems, and cyber physical systems.
Ewha and Financial Supervisory Service Hold International Conference and Job Fair The Ewha Career Development Center hosted the “2022 International Conference” jointly with the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) at the Samsung Hall of the ECC building on August 31 (Wed.). The event was held in a face-to-face format with around 250 guests from financial institutions, businesses, and academic circles, and livestreamed through the Ewha and the FSS YouTube channels. Ewha has held the international conference jointly with the FSS since 2019, along with co-hosting various events that broaden opportunities for career experience for the young generation, such as job fair and AI competition. The international conference took place under the theme of “Starting Out with Green Finance” and commenced with opening remarks by Governor Bok-hyeon Lee of the FSS and a welcome speech by President Eun Mee Kim. It was followed by congratulatory speeches by Prime Minister Duck-soo Han, Chairman Hye-ryun Back of the National Policy Committee, former U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, and Dutch Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard, expressing their consensus toward the event’s goal of presenting a sustainable future and a model for green finance. Global figures including Danish Ambassador Einar Jensen, President Michael West of Moody’s Investors Service, and President Ian Linnell of Fitch Ratings also delivered congratulatory greetings on screen. The conference included a total of seven topical presentations in an online/offline hybrid format. Bertrand Jabouley, Jeffrey Lee, and Gianluca Spinetti, as the Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Corporation, and Fitch Ratings, respectively, gave presentations regarding each corporation’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management, and future prospects and development strategies for green finance. In addition, a variety of presenters including Director Sacha Sudan of ESG at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Senior Manager Jae-hak Hwang of the FSS, Professor Sanghun Lee of the Climate and Energy Systems Engineering major at Ewha, and Director Soon-young Oh of KB Kookmin Bank’s Financial AI Center diagnosed the future of green finance and discussed the introduction of supervision policies. Meanwhile, the “2022 Youth Job Fair” and the “AI Challenge Competition” were held for students who aspire to pursue a career in finance in the afternoon of the same day at the Samsung Hall of the ECC building.