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Seven Project Teams of Ewha Selected for the Fourth Phase of “Brain Korea 21 Project” by the Ministry of Education
Seven Project Teams of Ewha Selected for the Fourth Phase of “Brain Korea 21 Project” by the Ministry of Education Three education research groups and four education research teams from Ewha were selected for the fourth phase of “Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Project” organized by the Ministry of Education. Through this selection, the school secured the funds to train professional research personnel by providing research scholarships to support graduate students and personnel expenses for new researchers over the next seven years. Ewha’s selection demonstrates the strength of new technology creation areas, which will help to transition Korea’s development strategy from catching up with advanced economies into becoming a leading economy itself, in addition to creative areas like the humanities and social science and convergence areas including cultural contents, design, Bio Information Technology (BIT) and Nano Information Technology (NIT). The Ewha project teams selected for BK21 are as follows: Three research groups consisting of (1) ITI (Innovation, Technology, Inclusion) Competent Social Welfare Leaders for Future Social Value (Director: Professor Ick-Joong Chung); (2) Intelligent IIoT convergence technology center for human-centric smart factory (Director: Professor Hyesook Lim); and (3) Education Research Center for 4IR-based Health Care (Director: Professor Oran Kwon). There are also four research teams including (1) Project Team for the Research and Education of Regional History and World History for the Future of Coexistence(Leader: Professor Dongju HAM); (2) Mathematical Science Team for Women Leaders of the 4th Industrial Revolution (Leader: Professor Jae Hyouk Lee); (3) Education and research team for development of LOHAS foods and bioactive ingredients (Leader: Professor Myong-Soo Chung); and (4) Human-AI UX Design Education Team (Leader: Professor Han Young Ryoo). (From left) Professor Ick-Joong Chung, Professor Hyesook Lim, Professor Oran Kwon, Professor Dong Ju Ham, Professor Jae Hyouk Lee, Professor Myong-Soo Chung, Professor Han Young Ryoo The Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea have been operating the BK21 Project since 1999 to strengthen the educational and research capabilities of graduate schools and to foster future generations of researchers. The project, which follows the third-phase project “BK21 PLUS,” is a large-scale government-funded project aimed at supporting 408 billion won annually over the next seven years and fostering 19,000 master- and doctorate-level research personnel every year. From this November, Ewha's research groups and teams, which have been preliminarily selected for the fourth phase of BK21, plan to carry out innovative research activities in response to social changes in a flexible manner after a deliberation process.
HOKMA College of General Education Holds Online Global Special Lecture “Fork in the Road Post-COVID”
HOKMA College of General Education Holds Online Global Special Lecture “Fork in the Road Post-COVID” HOKMA College of General Education held a special online lecture on life, healing, and community on October 7 (Fri). Helena Norberg-Hodge, a world-renowned environmental activist who is also known as the author of Ancient Future and Economics of Happiness, gave a speech at the special lecture under the theme of "Fork in the Road Post-COVID." Professor Shin Hisup of the English Language & Literature Department hosting the event, and President Kim Hei-sook giving a congratulatory speech. | Helena Norberg-Hodge delivering a special lecture through Zoom. Helena Norberg-Hodge remarked in the lecture that the cause of the disasters that afflict humanity originates from a systemic problem underlying today’s society, where all respect for life and the environment has disappeared, as is evident in economic activities based on exploitation of the weak, a homogenized society that lacks diversity, and the global single market. She stressed that the solution to all disasters can be found through “the need for a big picture activism," which urges people to take a step back, look at the Earth, find root causes and look for links within society. She then added that, despite its rapid industrialization, Korea has not lost its willingness to establish connections with nature and communities in the process, so it possesses the ability to present a desirable future direction. Finally, she asked Ewha students to "take a step back" and question the longstanding faults within the system rather than blaming one specific cause for the disaster called COVID-19. Succeeding Ewha’s long tradition of character-building education based on the "Spirit of Sharing," HOKMA College of General Education promoted the development of a new personality education model that responds to social requests for "self-healing," "life sensitivity" and "urban community," and launched the "Life, Healing and Community" program in 2019. "I hope today's special lecture, which was designed to enhance the sensitivity of Ewha members as part of the Life, Healing and Community Program, will give students a chance to reflect on human civilization and think about the transition to ecological civilization," said Chung Jae Young, Dean of the HOKMA College of General Education. The event, which was held in the form of a two-way livestream connecting the Career Lounge in Ewha ECC and Australia, was attended by a minimum number of participants, including President Kim Hei-sook, Dean Chung Jae Young and Associate Dean Ko Kwang Suk of the HOKMA College of General Education, and Ewha students selected through prior applications. More than 200 students viewed and showed a keen interest in the event, which was broadcast online through Zoom.  
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