Ewha has established necessary facilities for infectious disease prevention and control in addition to the relevant guidelines to keep the campus safe for the fall semester of 2020. The Ewha Safety Team created the "Guidelines on Face-to-face Classes and Exams 2020," which is being disseminated in various ways including notices posted throughout the Ewha campus and webpages, as well as posts on social media. Major guidelines include attending online classes if you are sick (stop going to school); carrying the access card when going to school and ensuring to wear a mask; submitting to temperature checks at body temperature checkpoints, and wearing a temperature check confirmation wristband; ensuring to wear a mask and a temperature check confirmation wristband in the classroom; sitting only on chairs with an "Available for sitting" sticker; and returning home if you're sick. According to the guidelines, all Ewha members visiting the campus for face-to-face classes and exams are required to have their body temperature checked at a body temperature checkpoint installed at four spots including at the front of the security office on the ground-floor of Hak-gwan, at the lobby on the first basement level of Ewha-POSCO Building, at Neil Lounge near the ECC Gate No. 1, and at the ECC Gate No. 12 (exit towards Admission Hall), and wear the wristband confirming the completion of a body temperature check before entering a classroom. The color of the wristband varies by the day of the week, and you may put on the wristband yourself upon receiving it after a body temperature check. If you are not using a classroom, you do not need to wear the wristband. Those who enter a library or a reading room are monitored by thermal imaging cameras and not required to wear the wristband. However, according to the executive order of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, it is mandatory to wear a mask anywhere on the campus and those who violate the order may be restricted from using campus facilities. In particular, you cannot use the open learning space, ECC lounge, and multi-purpose facilities without wearing a mask. Kim Young-Suk, the Head of Office of Facilities Management, remarked, "Wearing a mask at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, will be uncomfortable, but please comply with the guidelines, bearing in mind that it is the first step in protecting the safety of all Ewha members as well as the wearer' health." He also emphasized, "Please make sure to observe the infection control rules such as washing hands and wearing a mask, especially when using areas with unspecified high traffic such as lounges and resting areas."
Ewha Graduate School of Education (Dean Han You-kyung) and the Center for Future Education Research (Director Chung Jae-young) have been selected as the sole participating institution in the recruitment for the 2020 Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Convergence Education under the Ministry of Education. As a result, Ewha will operate Korea’s only research center for AI convergence education and further enhance its status as an excellent teacher training institution, while leading the field of education in the era of artificial intelligence. The education and research center project under the Ministry of Education will fund 500 million won per year from 2020, as a way to support the operation of AI convergence education major courses that have been newly established at graduate schools of education nationwide, conduct research to vitalize AI convergence education in elementary and secondary schools, and support relevant policies at 17 municipal and provincial education offices, and accordingly, the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education administered the relevant recruitment process. In recognition of its human- and material-based excellence in AI convergence education and its capability as a national research support center, the Ewha research team from the Graduate School of Education and the Center for Future Education Research was selected exclusively as the final operator for the project after fierce competition with outstanding universities across the country. Accordingly, as the sole institution in this particular area in the education sector of Korea, the Research Center for AI Convergence Education will be operated by Ewha Graduate School of Education and College of Education with plans to carry out the project in conjunction with related organizations such as the Korean Educational Research Association, the Korean Society for the Study of Teacher Education, the Korean Association of Computer Education, and the Korean Association of Information Education. The new center at Ewha will establish a research and support hub for AI convergence education, with the participation of major universities in Seoul and seven other regions, and train teachers who will lead innovation in AI education through various programs, thereby contributing to the realization of future education in the era of artificial intelligence.
Ewha Womans University celebrated the graduation of a total of 5,666 students, including 3,388 bachelors, 2,026 masters, and 252 doctors in spring and fall of 2019, accompanied by two video clips that delivered the president's commencement address and a congratulatory message. The school originally planned to host an online ceremony with a minimal number of participants on Friday, August 28 for both the 2019 Spring Commencement that had been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in combination with the Fall Degree Ceremony this year. However, Ewha cancelled the online ceremony as the spread of the infection became more serious and Korea’s social distancing posture has been raised to Level 2. Instead, Ewha released two videos on the Ewha YouTube account at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 28, one delivering the commencement address by President Kim Heisook and the other celebrating the students’ graduation. In the commencement address, which was the first in Ewha history to be delivered in a video format, President Kim Heisook expressed her regret at this unprecedented situation that caused the cancellation of the commencement ceremony and said "My most heartfelt congratulations extend to you on your departure from our beloved campus and the start of your new lives in the broader world." Link: Watch the commencement address. Ewha also extended the rental period for graduation gowns and installed props on the campus such as banners bearing Ewha’s green emblem, so that graduates could take commemorative photos against the backdrop of the beautiful campus. Along with the president's commencement address, the university also produced and released a congratulatory video that will remind graduates of their college life at Ewha over the past four years. The videos are available on the Ewha YouTube channel. The graduates consisted of 2,376 bachelors graduating in spring and 1,012 in fall, and 1,210 masters in spring and 816 in fall, and 140 doctors in spring and 112 in fall. Graduates were able to pick up their graduation certificates and diplomas at the relevant department office, starting on Friday, August 28. In the meantime, Ewha is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak so it can respond proactively to the spread of the pandemic, and is taking every preventive measure, such as setting up body temperature checkpoints throughout the campus.
Ewha Womans University held the dedication ceremony for Ewha-Ottogi Childcare Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 26. Built with the sponsorship of Ottogi Co, Ltd., the childcare center is a workplace nursery with five ground levels and one basement, covering a total floor area of 1,995㎡. Expressing her gratitude to Ottogi for supporting the founding of the on-site daycare center, President Kim Heisook said, “As a women’s university, it is an important and essential task to create a culture of work-family balance and improve the environment to this end. I hope that Ewha-Ottogi Childcare Center will contribute to remarkably improving childcare conditions for members of Ewha Womans University, including faculty, graduate students, and researchers.” In consideration of the safety and health of young children as its top priority, the childcare center is furnished with flame- and dust-proof facilities and built with eco-friendly materials. Its facilities include a children’s playroom and a library, in addition to nursery rooms, so that young children can enjoy a pleasant and comfortable time in a group setting. Ewha has been leading young children’s education with its Ewha Kindergarten, which was Korea’s first kindergarten, and the Ewha Institute of Early Childhood Education & Care, a top-quality early childhood education and research center. Going forward, the school plans to improve the welfare of Ewha members by concentrating its childcare and education capabilities on Ewha-Ottogi Childcare Center, and take the lead in building a model to expand workplace childcare facilities and establishing a leading workplace nursery system.
Throughout the summer vacation, preparations have been underway in full swing across the Ewha campus to ensure the smooth operation of the school for the second semester of 2020. In order to guarantee quality education while complying with preventative measures against COVID-19 and Level 1 social distancing (voluntary social distancing in daily life), Ewha has decided to implement a hybrid model for the second semester of 2020. In the “hybrid” classes, Ewha will deliver both face-to-face instruction by a lecturer to students in the classroom, and non-contact teaching with the use of livestreaming or online uploads of recorded offline lectures. Through the school’s Eureka system, students can choose their preferred method of attendance for each class. For theory and theory/practicum courses, the hybrid method of teaching will be offered if fewer than 50 students enroll in the class. For a class with 50 or more students, only non-contact (online) teaching will be delivered, in principle, during the entire semester. Lab/practicum/performance courses will be taught using the hybrid method, but changes can be made with approval from the head of each college or graduate school, if offline attendance is essential for the class. It is recommended that mid-term and final exams are carried out in person, but the exams themselves can be given in various forms at the discretion of lecturers. For hybrid classes and face-to-face exams, students will be allowed to enter the classroom after checking their body temperature and wearing a mask. Photo: Real-time transmission using Zoom in a classroom equipped with a tracking camera To ensure the smooth operation of hybrid classes using Zoom, the Institute for Teaching and Learning has been focusing on expanding the classroom infrastructure during the summer vacation period. Starting from the second semester, classroom lectures will be able to be recorded using Zoom instead of Smart Recorder, which had been used before. In addition, the school is working to build a comfortable teaching and learning environment by strengthening both hardware and software systems, such as signing a license for Zoom, expanding the cloud capacity for recordings, and producing and distributing instruction manuals for instructors.
From the second semester of 2020, Ewha Womans University will commence the Invited Professor Scholarship Program for women college professors from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The scholarship program is a project conducted by the Korean government and Korean Council for University Education, to help foster elite educators in ASEAN countries by imparting knowledge on Korea’s advanced educational infrastructure. Selected to participate in the project this year, Ewha will invite and educate professors from ASEAN countries until August 2025. Established in 1967, ASEAN has ten member states including Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. As most professors in ASEAN nations hold only master’s or bachelor’s degrees, there is a lack of faculty with doctorate qualifications. Through this project, Ewha expects to contribute to fostering women professionals in ASEAN countries based on its excellent global education capacity, and practice its spirit of sharing and serving. Under this program, a total of four scholarship recipients will be admitted into the following departments at Ewha for the second semester of 2020: Department of Social Welfare (Cambodia), Department of Education (Myanmar), Department of Nutritional Science and Food Management (Vietnam), and Department of Korean Studies (Vietnam). They will receive a full scholarship for all expenses including tuition, settlement support, airfare, and living expenses through the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, until they complete their doctoral degree programs. The school will provide the 4-3-2 Major Cluster Education Program, which refers to the four majors related to Global Korean Studies, three majors in Korean Language Education, and two majors related to ecology-based next-generation applied sciences. A total of 17 departments, including the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of Nursing Science, and the Department of Social Welfare will participate in the education program. In addition, through a customized three-year plan tailored to each participant’s major and thesis topic, the ASEAN professors will be guaranteed opportunities to double major or minor in other disciplines within the cluster program, as well as participate in various networking activities. After completing their studies under this project and returning to their home country, they are expected to expand and develop the network by fostering their respective disciplines and nurturing their academic successors.
The Ewha Career Development Center held the 2020 “Bang Jin Con,” which is an abbreviation of the title “career concert at home” in Korean, for the summer vacation of 2020. Bang Jin Con is an online mentoring service that is brought to Ewha students at home, providing the opportunity for bilateral communication between senior and junior students and storytelling-oriented contents on career paths, and organizing events for younger generations who are more familiar with online performances. The Career Development Center is holding Bang Jin Con on Zoom after receiving applications for attendance through the THE Portfolio system. Starting from July 4 (Saturday), the online concert features prestigious companies such as NCSoft (video games/business planning), Pfizer Korea (pharmaceuticals/HR), Adidas (global marketer) across various occupational sectors, and has been met with favorable responses in terms of both participation and satisfaction. On July 18 (Saturday), Lee Yeong-in (graduating class of 2019, Department of Business Administration), who is a marketing employee at Adidas, mentored students who have yet to choose a career path. The director of the center, Lee Joohee, remarked, "I hope the stories told by graduates who are now building their careers in various fields will help Ewha students in a more specific way as they look for their own careers." She also added, "If you gained a clearer sense of the career or job you want to pursue, then you should start preparing to enter into society through the center's employment programs, such as Employment Master Class, Mentoring School, Ewha Mentoring Day, and Toktok Seniors. Commencing in time for the summer vacation, Bang Jin Con is scheduled to end on August 22 (Saturday) and restart in the coming winter vacation. View the schedule and line-up of mentors for August and apply for participation at THE Portfolio (http://the.ewha.ac.kr).
A research team led by Professor Kim Minsuk at the Ewha School of Medicine discovered methods to detect cancer cells through AI-based technology utilizing micro-vibrations. This research finding has been published in the globally recognized journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics (ranked first in JCR Chemistry and Analytical in 2019). The published paper credits Professor Kim as the corresponding author and Kim Hye-yun, a student of the combined master-doctoral program at the Ewha School of Medicine, as the lead author. The research team analyzed a video documenting the flow of breast cancer cells in blood using an AI-based software called a "motion microscope," which was developed by Dr. Abe Davis at MIT. As a result, the team found that a long, wave-shaped tail appeared to trail behind cancer cells. The tail, which was named the "cellular trail," could be observed only in cancer cells at the frequency range between 0.5 to 1.5 Hz, and could not be found in normal blood cells. In addition, the team found that the cellular trail disappeared when the proteins comprising the cancer cell membrane were partially removed, and based on this observation, it was discovered that the cellular trail is caused by micro-vibrations from friction that arises when the uneven surface of the cancer cell moves within a fluid. By using the artificial intelligence based on TensorFlow, a machine learning engine developed by Google, the presence of cancer can be determined based on the cellular trail without requiring visual confirmation. This technology allows the diagnosis of cancer at a lower cost without the need to utilize antibodies, fluorescent materials and radioactive substances, and enhances the accuracy of diagnoses when identifying cancer tissues based on MRI or X-ray. It also helps to determine if cancer stem cells remain circulating in the blood after a cancer removal surgery, and is expected to improve public health by making it possible to determine cancer cells in the blood during the process of blood donation by the general public.
Inflammation-Cancer Microenvironment Research Center Selected for 2020 Leading Research Center Support ProgramThe Inflammation-Cancer Microenvironment Research Center at the College of Medicine has been selected as a Medical Research Center (MRC) of the 2020 Leading Research Center Support Program, which is administered by the National Research Foundation of Korea and the Ministry of Science and ICT. The center will receive a total of 9.33 billion won over the next seven years (July 2020 to February 2027) for its research to identify molecular mechanisms and networks as a way to improve the inflammation-cancer microenvironment and its development and technology transfer of anti-cancer metastasis and anti-inflammatory treatments. In addition, the center will foster MD-PhD and basic medical scientists who excel in basic, translational and clinical research, thereby strengthening its status as a training center for professionals in basic medical science. The director of the center, Professor Lee Jihee, remarked, "We aim to lay the foundation for future-oriented multidisciplinary and convergent research in basic and clinical medicine, and build a world-class research center for the inflammation-cancer microenvironment through creative research and training of female medical scientists who will be recognized worldwide." Professor Lee, who is also the principal researcher, has pioneered the research into the development of innovative technology to treat tissue injury over the past nine years while leading the Tissue Injury Defense Research Center, which was selected as an MRC of the 2010 Leading Research Center Support Program. This year marks the second time that an institution under her leadership has been selected for the program, demonstrating her outstanding research capacity. Ewha Womans University has received grants through the Leading Research Center Support Program to conduct basic science research since 1998. With the selection of the Inflammation-Cancer Microenvironment Research Center this year, a total of four Ewha research centers are carrying out large-scale research projects, including the Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure, the Fibrosis Control Center, and the Research Center for Cellular Homeostasis.
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.