The “Harvard Model Congress Asia (HMCA) 2023” was held at Ewha from January 7 (Sat) to 9 (Mon), 2023. The HMCA, which has been held annually in Asia since 2004, is an international English debate competition. The contestants take on the role of committees, such as the United States Congress, the United Nations International Court of Justice, and international organizations to discuss various issues including international relations and diplomatic issues. The “HMCA 2023” was attended by around 30 students each from Harvard and Ewha as the co-hosts of the event, as well as 370 outstanding high school students from Asia. The delegations, which consisted of 14 teams including the United States Congress, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, G-20, the World Health Organization, and the UNICEF, engaged in presentation and discussion sessions on current issues in various fields, such as security, international relations, migrants, energy, the climate crisis, and disaster response, over the course of three days. Through the contest, which was held for the first time at Ewha, Ewha students gained a deep understanding of diplomatic relations, leadership, and experience of an international debate competition by taking the role of a delegation representing the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and participating in topical discussions. In addition, the students who assisted hosting the event as supporters alongside Harvard students gained hands-on experience on the organization of an international conference and expanded their networks through global exchanges. Ewha student Eom Tae-ri (Division of English Language & Literature, incoming class of 2020), who participated as a member of the Ewha delegation, remarked, “It was great to attend the HMCA, where I learned and studied lots of new things by discussing common topics with Ewha and Harvard students.” Kyle Felter, who represented Harvard University, also expressed high satisfaction by stating, “The HMCA delegation, staff, and participating faculty members are deeply grateful to Ewha for making this event successful beyond expectations, as it took place in a face-to-face format for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.” Inhan Kim, Vice President of the Office of International Affairs, remarked, “Ewha supported the organization of the competition with the aim to enhance its global status and provide students with the opportunity to experience English-language debates and global exchanges as representatives of Korea,” and added, “Going forward, Ewha will endeavor to offer various opportunities for students to gain global experiences on campus.” Ewha is the sole global partner selected by Harvard University among domestic universities, and its partnership with Harvard has lasted over 15 years. Through the “Ewha-Harvard Summer School,” the largest Asia exchange program for Harvard undergraduates that has been held annually since 2006, “Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP),” a conference held alternately between Seoul and Boston since 2007, and the HMCA this year, Ewhaians are broadening their perspectives toward the world and experiencing global leadership by interacting with outstanding global talents from various backgrounds.
In line with Ewha’s endeavor to serve as “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society” through creative research and educational innovation based on the “Ewha Vision 2030+” development strategy, the Office of Research and the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF) is consolidating its efforts to establish a creative research ecosystem, by enhancing the value of the university’s research and technologies through industry-academy-research collaboration and innovative growth. Ewha expands and reorganizes the “Support Corps for Business Startups” to provide customized support for startups throughout the education, support, and incubation phases Ewha reorganized the Business Incubator under the EUICF and expanded it into the “Support Corps for Business Startups (SCBS),” with the aim to increase the efficiency of startup support and promote the startup culture on campus. Recently, “technology commercialization” has become a buzzword in the startup market. Laboratory business startups, which are focused on technical capabilities based on tangible research achievements and patents, are producing outstanding outcomes in terms of job creation and corporate viability compared to idea-based business startups. In line with this trend, the SCBS, which has been expanded and reorganized this year, will respond more effectively to existing and future demand for startups and need for startup support, enhance customized support for startups throughout each phase of education, support, and incubation, and establish a collaborative system for identifying internal, external startup institutions and technology-based startups and supporting their technology commercialization. Meanwhile, Ewha is providing systematic education on business startups through various programs including curricular and extracurricular courses and leading the expansion of the campus startup culture. Ewha has offered courses on entrepreneurship and business startups, and endeavored to establish startup-related courses to keep up with the increasing significance of related education and achievements at universities. As a result, the number of courses on business startups rose from 29 in 2021 to 60 in 2022, with a total of 2,561 students enrolled, recording a significant year-to-year increase. In addition, Ewha is responding quickly to changing trends, by establishing the “AI Convergence Startup Track” as part of a new 2022 TELOS Track system, with the aim to foster entrepreneurship and startup capabilities based on AI technologies. The rapid growth in the participation rate of various extracurricular courses in addition to the regular curriculum was also a notable accomplishment. Ewha aims to expand startup infrastructure following its selection for various projects Since its selection as a member of “Korean I-Corps” program by the Ministry of Science and ICT in May 2021, Ewha has actively supported laboratory business startups by leveraging public research outcomes, and operated various programs specialized for women, such as a mentor group comprised of female startup experts, education for technology startups, phased commercialization support, and a female technology forum for business startups. Through various support activities for the enhancement of youth business startup capabilities, Ewha received the highest S-grade from the “2022 Business Incubator Management Evaluation” by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, thereby earning recognition for its institutional and project management performance. In particular, with Ewha’s selection for the “Integrated Seoul Campus Town Project,” the SCBS’s capabilities in identifying and cultivating outstanding startups are expected to play a major role in helping the school grow into a hub for youth startup clusters in northwestern Seoul. Robust startup achievements by students and faculty members contribute to expanding startup culture As Ewha’s control tower for startup support, the SCBS has expanded startup education, industry-academia collaboration, and startup infrastructure, while also providing systematic support for the commercialization of outstanding technologies, with the aim to support startups based on Ewha-specific university-industry collaboration. As a result, startups launched by faculty members and students are gradually beginning to bear fruit. VasThera Co, Ltd., a startup founded by Professor Sang Won Kang of the Department of Life Sciences, successfully attracted 18 billion KRW in investments thanks to the development of a new drug for the treatment of vascular diseases and reaffirmed its potential by receiving the Minister of SMEs and Startups Award for the “deep-tech” startup category. Meanwhile, startups by Ewha students are also producing meaningful outcomes by attracting investments. For example, teams comprised of Ewha students won the first prize, excellence prize, and participation prize at the “2022 Industry-Academia Collaboration EXPO,” which was hosted by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. This is the result of Ewha’s active support to nurture laboratory business startups by leveraging public research outcomes under the Korean I-Corps program.
College of Nursing Acquires Five-year Accreditation from the Evaluation and Accreditation of Nursing EducationThe College of Nursing at Ewha Womans University (Dean Younhee Kang) obtained a five-year accreditation (June 2023 to June 2028) from the Nursing Education Accreditation overseen by the Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing Education. The Nursing Education Accreditation marks its fourth phase in 2022 since it was first conducted in 2004 under the supervision of the Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing Education, an institution designated by the Ministry of Education, with the aim to evaluate and accredit the educational capabilities of institutions providing nursing education. The accreditation aims to improve the quality of nursing education, enhance the standardization of nursing education and foster talented nurses, evaluating institutions across 6 areas, 14 items, and 27 indicators such as vision and governance, program curriculum, students, faculty, facilities and equipment, and evaluation of educational outcomes. According to the revision of the Medical Service Act and Higher Education Act, all institutions providing nursing education in Korea must earn the Nursing Education Accreditation every five years from the second phase (2012-2016), which is a crucial evaluation that qualifies graduates to take the national nurse exam. The College of Nursing at Ewha has successfully obtained the five-year accreditation with every evaluation since the launch of the accreditation system, and also received outstanding reviews for this year’s accreditation, which marks its fourth anniversary in 2022. Selected for the “2022 Training Support Project for Colleges of Nursing” organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in July last year, the Ewha College of Nursing once again proved its status as an educational institution that provides elite nursing education by reflecting the changes in the healthcare environment, as well as the nursing education and higher education environments. Since the launch of Po Goo Nyo Goan in 1903 as Korea’s first exclusive hospital for women, which also provided nursing education for the first time in Korea, the College of Nursing at Ewha has been playing a leading role as the first nursing college in Korea by establishing its first nursing department for undergraduates in 1955 and Korea's first nursing college in 1968, which has since produced more than 1,000 Korean and international nursing educators. As the importance of nursing professionals increases in times of various changes caused by trends such as COVID-19, the aging society, and changes in the healthcare environment, the College of Nursing plans to strengthen its status as not only the first but also the best nursing educational institution by producing outstanding individuals who are equipped with world-class research capabilities and training excellent female nurses with scientific nursing competencies as well as global competitiveness.
Ewha Womans University held the 2023 Ewha Family New Year's Concert at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium on January 2 (Mon.). A multitude of Ewha members attended the event to share their New Year's greetings and wishes, including Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue of the Ewha Womans University Board of Trustees, President Eun Mee Kim, faculty members, and staff from medical centers and affiliated schools. Presided by Ihn-Hwi Park, Ewha’s Vice President for General Administration, the concert started with a prayer by University Chaplain Sunhee Ahn and new year’s greetings by Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue and President Eun Mee Kim. Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue shared words of wisdom, remarking “I hope that you will stay true to your dreams and take further steps forward in the new year at Ewha, a place where your precious values, virtues and dreams continue to flourish President Eun Mee Kim also offered new year’s greetings and remarked, “I organized today’s event with the hope that it would be a most wonderful new year’s gift for you all to start the year with melodies that only Ewha can produce.” She also added, “Let us muster our spirits and move forward to create the future of our dreams, just like the spirited leaps of the black rabbit that symbolizes this year.” This was followed by the main programs of the event, which was hosted by the College of Music (Dean Shin-Hwa Park), with Professor Ahn Hyun-jung (Department of Korean Music) serving as commentator and master of ceremonies. The first performance was “Geomungosanjo Instrumental Duo of Han Gab-deuk School” by Professor Sun Ok Kim at the Department of Korean Music and Master Ju Seon-wu. Next, Professor Jung Eun Kim and Professor Moonjung Kim at the Department of Keyboard Instruments received a fervent round of applause for their performance of Mozart's “Sonata for Piano 4 Hands in D Major, K. 381,” which was followed by a vocal solo by Professor Eun Hee Kim at the Department of Voice, who sang “New Arirang” composed by Kim Dong-jin and “Dich, teure Halle” from Wagner's opera “Tannhäuser.” Bringing the event to a close, the Ensemble Ewha (conductor: Ki-Sun Sung), and Professor Ji Won Song at the Department of Orchestral Instruments performed “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K.219” composed by Mozart. The orchestra and the remarkably vibrant solo violin performed beautifully together to exchange melodies as if sharing an eloquent conversation, with the bright and powerful melody splendidly decorating the grand finale of the event.
Farewell Ceremony Held for the 2022 Second Semester International Exchange and Visiting Students The farewell ceremony for the 2022 Second Semester international exchange and visiting students was held on December 8 (Thu.) at the Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building by the Office of International Affairs. The Office of International Affairs, which runs programs for international exchange and visiting students every semester, has strived to raise student satisfaction by holding face-to-face events and developing various programs since the return of offline lectures. Fueled by such efforts, the number of international exchange and visiting students in the second semester of 2022 bounced back to the pre-pandemic level, reaching the number of 380 students. The Office of International Affairs held the first farewell ceremony in three years after COVID-19 and successfully completed the international exchange and visiting student program for the second semester of 2022. The International Exchange Affairs organized various opportunities for field trips for international exchange and visiting students this semester and actively supported their adaptation to life at Ewha by matching them with the volunteer club “Peace Buddy,” an affiliated organization of the International Exchange Affairs. In addition to resuming various social gathering events like Movie Day, the International Exchange Affairs planned new events in collaboration with Peace Buddy, including Ewha PEACE Sports Day and Ewha Thanksgiving Day, in order to provide students with opportunities to experience Korean culture such as Korean sports festivals and Chuseok. International students eagerly took part in offline events that returned after a long hiatus and keenly welcomed field activities with mentors including those from Peace Buddy. The representatives for international exchange students, Daniel Quintin Austin (Wilfried Laurier University, U.S.) and Maria Fernanda Richardt Rios (University of Colima, Mexico) described their impressions and experiences as exchange students at Ewha and remarked, “We made so many friends who approached us with an open mind and helped us to adapt to life in Korea, which made all the concerns I had before I started the exchange and visiting program seem pointless.” In addition, they also thanked Ewha for providing an unforgettable and meaningful experience while mentioning various activities that they shared with Peace Buddy. In the post-COVID era, the International Exchange Affairs Department is taking the lead in diversifying international programs and expanding exchanges with excellent overseas universities in order to provide both Ewha members and international exchange and visiting students with opportunities to enjoy various experiences and grow into global talent.
Ewha Shares Joy of Christmas with 2022 Ewha Family Christmas Service and Lighting Ceremony for Ewha’s Houses of Christmas The 2022 Ewha Family Christmas Service, co-hosted by the Chaplain’s Office and the Ewha Alumnae Association, was held at 3 p.m. on December 1 (Thu.) to share the joy of Christmas. Ewha students, current and retired faculty members and staff, and alumnae gathered together to honor and celebrate the meaning of Christmas in advance at the Ewha Family Christmas Service, which has been held on the first Thursday of December every year since 1996. The service opened with a reading of the “Ewha Christmas Prayer,” and was followed by a scripture reading by President Nam Sang-taek of the Ewha Alumnae Association, the hymn “O Holy Night” by Ewha Chorus and a sermon by Rev. Sunhee Ahn (University Chaplain). Under the title of “The Gift of Your Presence,” Rev. Ahn preached, “I pray for the Ewha family to live a life in which their very existence itself is a gift as did Jesus who completely gave and presented himself as a gift to all mankind.” President Eun Mee Kim also shared Christmas greetings with the Ewha family and took the opportunity to ruminate on Ewha’s spirit of service and sharing by remarking, “Ewha’s beginning was only made possible by our practice of love and care for the marginalized. I hope you will take this time at the end of the year to look back and see whether there were people in need around you, while sharing your gratitude for everything, regardless of whether it was tough and difficult or rewarding and happy.” The service also created a warm and beautiful Christmas atmosphere with special performances to share the joy of Christmas, including a performance titled “A Christmas Festival” by the Ewha Orchestra (conductor: Professor Ki-Sun Sung) and another performance titled “Sleighing” by the College of Music Choir (conductor: Professor Shin-Hwa Park). The special donations raised on the day will be delivered to missionaries who graduated from Ewha and are now succeeding Ewha’s lineage of faith by conveying God's love across the globe in countries including Cambodia, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Meanwhile, the Chaplain’s Office held lighting ceremonies for “Ewha’s Houses of Christmas—Nativity Scene” on November 29 (Tue.). Since its first installation at the Ewha Campus Complex (ECC) in 2018, the Ewha’s Houses of Christmas lighting ceremonies have spread to light up various locations on the campus, such as the ELTEC College of Engineering, the College of Medicine Magok Campus, and Ewha’s dormitories to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, who came as light into a dark world, and to share the warm glow of love with visitors at Ewha.
Ewha Ranks Third in 2022 National Customer Satisfaction Index for Private Universities In the National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI) survey conducted and published by the Korea Productivity Center, Ewha Womans University ranked third place for the second consecutive year in the category of private universities in Korea, establishing itself as one of the top universities in student satisfaction. The NCSI is a satisfaction index that is directly evaluated by customers with firsthand experience of a product or service, and is widely recognized for its representativeness and reliability. In this year’s survey, Ewha scored 77 points, tying for third place with Korea University after Sungkyunkwan University and Hanyang University. As such, Ewha maintained its place at the top echelon of the rankings, listing third place in 2019, second in 2020, and third in 2021 and 2022. Ewha was able to provide quality education services as it provided a state-of-the-art education system and environment through preemptive preparation for rapid changes in the educational environment due to trends such as digital transformation and COVID-19. Furthermore, as part of its efforts to implement the Ewha Safe Campus Project, it has smoothly managed its academic affairs to prioritize the health and safety of its members by operating the Ewha Safe Station, a standing testing clinic for COVID-19, and widely expanding psychological counseling and treatment support for students. In addition to establishing a quality educational environment, Ewha has built solid consensus and support from its students in terms of pursuing its school values, including the school vision of leading “sustainability,” making social contributions through women's education and fostering female leaders, assisting the socially disadvantaged, and creating an eco-friendly culture. Furthermore, Ewha was recognized for its multifaceted efforts to support employment and start-ups, which are areas of keen personal interest for students. Ewha has established and promoted “Ewha Vision 2030+” under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society.” In particular, it has strived to strengthen support for AI-based future career planning that is customized for students and to create a safe and friendly campus environment with the aim of discovering outstanding individuals and enhancing satisfaction among enrolled students. Ewha will continue to improve the satisfaction of students by strengthening the solidarity among the student body and implementing various programs that help students to enjoy a happy school life.
Ewha Ranks Sixth for the Second Consecutive Year in the 2022 Annual JoongAng Ilbo University RankingsEwha Ranks Sixth for the Second Consecutive Year in the 2022 Annual JoongAng Ilbo University Rankings Ewha Womans University ranked sixth for the second consecutive year in the Annual JoongAng Ilbo University Rankings, demonstrating its strengths in educational conditions and student education performance. The evaluation, which marked its 29th year in 2022, assessed 45 universities with at least four of the following major tracks: the humanities, social sciences, engineering, natural sciences, medicine, and art and sports. In addition, it evaluated universities using 33 indexes in four categories, consisting of faculty research, educational conditions, student education and performance, and school reputation. Ewha rose two places to be ranked sixth in the 2021 evaluation, which resumed after a hiatus of a year, and secured the same place in the 2022 evaluation, following Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Sungkyunkwan University, Hanyang University, and Korea University. Ewha ranked first in “citation count per humanities and social science paper in Korea”; second in the category of “drop-out rates” with higher rankings indicating lower rates in student education and performance; fourth in the same category for foreign students; seventh in “pure employment rate”; and seventh in the “pure employment rate” and “retained employment rate,” signifying Ewha’s high achievements across various indicators. In particular, Ewha rose two places for the “retained employment rate,” in which it ranked seventh in the previous year. In addition, upon ranking first in the “citation count per paper of humanities and social science in Korea” in the comprehensive evaluation for the faculty research category for the second consecutive year, Ewha proved its outstanding capacity for humanities and social sciences research. In particular, it was noted for its high citation count in the fields of social welfare and education. The humanities track at Ewha also ranked fifth in the evaluation in the track-based category and first in the pure employment rate in the humanities. In terms of student education and performance, Ewha’s rise through the ranks in indexes related to start-ups, such as the number of companies launched per student and start-up personnel per student, is recognized as the outcome of the school’s continuous efforts to build Ewha-specific industry-academia cooperation and strengthen partnerships with global companies. Based on such outstanding achievements, Ewha plans to fully promote the Frontier 10-10 Project in order to advance as a research-oriented university under the vision of “A Creative and Innovative Platform Leading to a Sustainable Society,” thereby leading to expectations of more achievements in research and education through the full implementation of the THE BEST instructional model.
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.”