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About Ewha


Ewha Haktang founded for modernization of women 1886-1910

  • 1886

    First modern educational institute for Korean women

    American missionary Mary F. Scranton began classes for women at her home in Jeong-dong, Seoul.

  • 1887

    Boguyeogwan offers medical service for women

    As Korea’s first hospital exclusively for women, it laid the groundwork for Ewha’s Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, which became the current Ewha Womans University Medical Center.

  • 1886.
    Ewha Haktang founder
    Mary F. Scranton

College courses open doors to women’s higher education 1910-1925

  • 1910

    College courses launched In Sept.

    1910, the College opened at Ewha Haktang with 15 students; its inaugural class graduated in 1914.

  • 1925

    Founding of Ewha College

    The College was elevated to Ewha College, making it the first institute of higher education for Korean women.

  • 1925.
    Ewha College

Fostering a sense of calling and thirst for learning in students 1925-1945

  • 1935

    Campus moves to Sinchon

    The new campus in Sinchon marked Ewha College’s first step toward becoming a world-class university.

  • 1935.
    Moving to Sinchon

Gains new ground with accreditation as Korea’s first university 1946-1961

  • 1946

    First Korean university to receive government accreditation

    Ewha was officially accredited by the Ministry of Education, becoming the first accredited four-year university in Korea.

  • 1951

    Temporary wartime campus in Busan

    Following the outbreak of the Korean War, Ewha opened an evacuee campus in the southern city of Busan on Sept. 1, 1951, comprising 30 temporary wooden structures and tents.

  • 1950
    Korea’s first graduate
    school for women

Decades of progress as Korea’s top women’s university 1961-2000

  • 1963

    First PhDs awarded

    Ewha awarded its first doctoral degrees to Ban Heon-gyeong and Kim Hye-chang in medicine.

  • 1977

    Korea’s first women’s studies course

    Ewha offered Korea’s first course in women’s studies and established the Korean Women’s Institute to seek development in the discipline.

  • 1986

    Ewha’s 100th anniversary

    Ewha celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation, a turning point in its development as a world-class 21st-century university.

  • 1995

    Top marks in national accreditation

    Ewha named top-ranked school in Comprehensive University Accreditation System conducted by Korean Council for University Education, winning recognition for its high education standards.

  • 1996

    World’s first women’s engineering college

    Ewha established the world's first engineering college for women.

  • 1986.
    100th anniversary festivities

From Korea’s first to world’s best 2000-2010

  • 2001

    Korea’s first Int’l Studies Division

    Ewha opened Korea’s first Division of International Studies, offering all courses in English.

  • 2006

    Ewha Global Partnership Program

    Korea’s first degree program for women from developing countries was established to lead women’s global education.

  • 2007

    Ewha-KOICA Program

    Ewha established an intensive MA program for female researchers and public servants from developing countries.

  • 2007

    Korea’s first self-designed major

    In keeping with the vision of its founder, Ewha established Scranton College, offering Korea’s first self-designed major in an undergraduate program.

  • 2008

    Construction of ECC

    The Ewha Campus Complex is Korea’s largest environmentally friendly underground campus facility and has changed the landscape of university campuses everywhere.

  • 2008
    ECC , Korea's largest
    campus facility

Global hub for women’s education and intellectual exchange 2010-present

  • 2011

    Ewha-Solvay collaboration

    Ewha signed a university-industry collaboration agreement with multinational chemical corporation Solvay, to build the global headquarters of its specialized R&D center at Ewha.

  • 2012

    Center of women’s global education

    Ewha launched the Ewha Global Empowerment Program to foster female leaders in public and non-government sectors in developing countries.

  • Global center for basic science research

    Ewha was selected to receive KRW 100 billion over the next 10 years from the Institute for Basic Research.

  • Ewha Residential College in plans

    Ewha will launch its Residential College program in 2015, creating an environment for all incoming students to live and study together for a semester.

  • 2011
    S igning ceremony for
    the Ewha-Solvay Joint Research and Development Agreement