A total of 311 Ewha graduates passed the final stage of the public teacher employment examination for the 2021 school year. Students who obtained a teacher’s certificate after completing courses at the College of Education, the Graduate School of Education, and the Teacher Training Program at Ewha were finally selected as eligible candidates for appointment as teachers at public schools through the first round of exams on pedagogy and major curriculums, and the second-round evaluation including in-depth interviews to determine teaching aptitude, preparation of teaching and learning guidance plans, and class demonstrations. Producing 270 successful candidates in 2019, 300 in 2020, and 311 in 2021, Ewha has successfully maintained its status as a comprehensive teacher training institution that offers majors in early childhood, primary and secondary school education, special education, and curriculum-based education for core subjects. Including the top and second-place candidates in multiple regions, Ewha produced a total of 311 successful candidates consisting of 27 for kindergarten, 43 for elementary school, 214 for secondary school, and for non-curricular positions in school health (2), librarian (2), nutrition (1), and professional counseling (22). In particular, in Seoul, Ewha graduates achieved the highest and second highest scores in early childhood special education, as well as the highest score in elementary special education and in fine arts education. Ewha graduates also took the position of top-scoring candidates in music education in Ulsan and Chinese education in Jeollabuk-do. These achievements prove Ewha’s excellent capabilities in training aspiring teachers. Ewha graduates achieved meaningful results and showed outstanding competence under difficult circumstances, having taken the first- and second-round exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the College of Education is dedicating its efforts towards supporting students to prepare the public teacher employment exam by operating a dedicated study room for exam preparations; offering special lectures by current school teachers and external experts; providing feedback on class demonstrations and performing in-depth mock interviews in preparation for the second-round exam; and supporting lectures and the purchase of teaching materials.
The Research Group of Professor Youngmin You Has Discovered a Model Capable of Predicting the Operational Lifetime of...The Research Group of Professor Youngmin You Has Discovered a Model Capable of Predicting the Operational Lifetime of Organic Light-Emitting Devices A research team led by Professor Youngmin You of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has established a model that can predict the lifespan of Organic Light-Emitting Devices (OLEDs) for the first time. Conducted by Yu Kyung Moon (first author), a graduate of the Combined Bachelor's-Master's Program of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the results of the study was compiled into a paper and published in Advanced Materials, a world-renowned scientific journal on materials science within the top 1.014% of JCR in chemistry and physics, on February 15 (Monday), 2021. The group has been focusing on the interactions between dopants and host materials, which are the key components of the light-emitting layers of OLEDs, in order to elucidate their influences on the operational stability of devices. The operational lifetime of OLEDs depends critically on the intrinsic stability of the materials. The group initiated research projects to uncover the chemical mechanisms that cause the deterioration of materials. Earlier studies published in Nature Communications in 2018 were on the blue-phosphorescent light-emitting layers, which receive huge academic attention. This time, the research group identified the entire processes of decomposition of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) dopants and host materials, including the formation of charge-separated species. Based on direct spectroscopic evidence, the group established a numerical model that can predict the operational lifetime of OLEDs. This model can be utilized to choose the best materials for the enhanced longevity of OLEDs. Professor You said, “It was difficult to know how long a display will be operated. But, our model can predict the operational lifetime of OLEDs, given the materials,” further voicing his expectations by adding “This study will provide an important steppingstone for improving the operational stability of OLEDs and significantly enhance the design of stable organic electronic materials.”
The Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure, the Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research, and the New and Renewable Energy Research Center received the highest rank in evaluations for government-supported projects, demonstrating Ewha’s capabilities as an outstanding research university. First, the Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure (Director: Park, So-Jung) achieved the highest grade of “S” in the phase assessment for Science Research Center, supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). Ewha’s Center for Hybrid Interfacial Chemical Structure (CICS), a Science Research Center supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the NRF, was established in 2017 to conduct research on the interfacial phenomena of hybrid materials. The center achieved outstanding research outcomes with the support of research funding amounting to a total of 4.9 billion KRW as of this year, leading the fundamental research on hybrid chemical materials. For the second stage project (March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2024), the center will receive 3.9 billion KRW to continue its study on understanding the mechanism behind the interfacial phenomena with the anticipation of establishing design rules for new high performance chemical materials in energy and nano/bio fields. The Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research (Director: Choi Yong-Sang) acquired the highest grade of “S” in the first-stage project evaluation under the Priority Research Institute Program in science and engineering, which is supported by an NRF grant funded by the Ministry of Education. The Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research was designated as a priority research center for climate change in 2018 and has since conducted research in the said field, supported by a research fund amounting to a total of 6.2 billion KRW. In the evaluation at the first stage of the project, the center received excellent reviews in the categories of academic achievements, training of talented individuals, and social contribution under the aim of addressing climate change. At the second stage of the project, in line with the change of landscape regarding the goal of global carbon neutrality and the great energy transition, the center plans to continue to strengthen the convergence research of climate change and energy. In addition, various roles as climate change designated research institutes are expected through the international climate response through Green Climate Fund project targeting the Pacific Island, climate risk research with major domestic companies, and proceeding with a wide range of collaborative research-education programs. The New and Renewable Energy Research Center (Director: Jo William) also achieved excellent results in the first-stage project evaluation of the Priority Research Institute Program in science and engineering. Since 2018, the center has been conducting a research project titled “A research institute for multi-dimensional materials-based quantum transport energy,” funded with a total of 6 billion KRW. Following the first-phase study aiming at “creating next-generation energy sources using composite structures and elements based on multi-dimensional new materials,” the center will conduct a study with the goal of “understanding the synthesis of new organic-inorganic hybrid materials and quantum transport properties based on multiple dimensions” in the second phase. In addition, it plans to secure core technologies based on newly issued patents and pursue to creative new venture companies. Eventually, the center will develop industry-adapted science and technology towards solar cells and fuels and batteries for carbon-neutral environment and societies. The importance of basic science research and R&D projects in science, technology and ICT is continuing to rise as part of efforts to transition into an advanced economy that is prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Amidst this context, Ewha, which has achieved excellent research outcomes based on its internationally recognized research capacity and global research networks, is planning to further consolidate its status as an outstanding research university through active investments to enhance its research capabilities.
Research Team of Professor Na Jong-geol at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Publishes a...Research Team of Professor Na Jong-geol at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Publishes a Paper in Applied Energy A joint research team at Ewha developed a solvent identification method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions easily and efficiently by applying deep learning technologies and chemical process simulations. Incorporating the findings of this study, a paper titled “Learning the properties of a water-lean amine solvent from carbon capture pilot experiments” was published in Applied Energy (SCIE), an academic journal within the top 3.85% of JCR in the engineering and chemical fields, on February 1 (Monday), 2021. Professor Na Jong-geol and his joint research team from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at ELTEC College of Engineering developed a methodology to estimate the properties of a solvent that can efficiently absorb CO2, integrating deep learning technologies and chemical simulations to minimize the need for experiments. The Ewha research team developed a new water-lean amine solvent that can capture a large amount of CO2 using a lower amount of energy compared with existing solvents. In order to ensure the proper application of this newly developed solvent, it is necessary to develop an optimized process that is aligned with the thermodynamic and kinetic characteristics of the solvent. The research team applied a deep learning-based hybrid Bayesian inference technique to the pilot-scale tests, through which the team made it easier to infer the properties of a solvent using solely the pilot process with many uncertainties, and enabled the simultaneous implementation of a large-scale process optimization and analyses of the physiochemical properties of a solvent. This advancement is expected to reduce costs for processing greenhouse gases and lead to a large-scale reduction in CO2 emissions. This study was jointly conducted by Professor Na Jong-geol (co-first author) at Ewha, senior researcher Lee Ung (corresponding author) at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and Dr. Kim Jeong-nam (co-first author), with the support of the “Carbon to X technology development project for the production of value-added chemicals” under the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). Professor Na remarked, “The key of this study was to develop a methodology to simultaneously carry out the properties analysis and optimization processes, which were previously conducted in sequence,” and added, “This represents a successful case of a convergence study combining AI and domain knowledge to apply deep learning technology onto chemical process technology as a step toward achieving zero carbon emissions.” In particular, he emphasized, “This study is expected to greatly improve the speed of product development through highly advanced design techniques including AI-based solvents, materials, and catalysts,” voicing his aspirations to lead the field in the future.
Held on campus at Kim Young-ui Hall and livestreamed via YouTube on Friday, February 26 at 2 p.m. At 2 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021, Ewha Womans University held a ceremony to bid farewell to its 16th President Kim Heisook and formally inaugurate President Kim Eun Mee as the 17th President at Kim Young-ui Hall. The event was attended in person by a limited number of guests in compliance with social distancing guidelines and quarantine rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and aired live on the Ewha Womans University YouTube channel for viewers on and off campus. The farewell and inauguration ceremony opened with the Korean pledge of allegiance and national anthem, a prayer led by Rev. Ahn Sunhee (University Chaplain), and a scripture reading by President Nam Sang-taek of the Ewha Alumnae Association. Subsequently, the ceremony proceeded in the following order: a farewell speech by President Kim Heisook, whose term was completed on February 28, and the dedication of a commemorative plaque in her honor by Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue of the Ewha Womans University Board of Trustees, followed by the conferment of a Letter of Appointment to President Kim Eun Mee, who is scheduled to begin her term on March 1. The incoming president administered her oath of office, accepted the “Key to Ewha” and delivered her inaugural address. In her inaugural address, the 17th Ewha President Kim Eun Mee remarked, “Throughout history, Ewha has proudly contributed to women’s education in Korea and around the world. Today, we are facing a transitional phase in the history of civilization with the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” and added, “Carrying forward the spirit of ‘beop-go-chang-shin (法古創新),’ meaning ‘learning from the old to create something new,’ Ewha will foster talented individuals to open a new chapter in Ewha’s history of change and innovation, while seeking solutions to the crises confronting human civilization.” She also emphasized, “Ewha will develop future-oriented educational programs and content designed to lead the coming era of the digital society, invest in achieving recognition as an outstanding research university, establish the Ewha Leading-Edge MediHealthcare Cluster (ELEC), and create a culture of mutual respect among all members of the Ewha community, under the goal of creating ‘New Prestigious Ewha in the New Era’ as Ewha’s contribution to the society and the entire world.” President Kim graduated from Ewha in 1981 with a B.A. in Sociology and has been serving as a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies since 1997. She has served in various leadership positions at Ewha, including the Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School. She also served as the President of the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation, a civilian member on the Committee for International Development Cooperation under the Prime Minister’s Office, a member of the Policy Advisory Committees at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, and an outside director of Samsung Electronics. In November 2020, she was elected in a direct popular vote open to faculty, staff, students, and alumnae, and was formally appointed as the 17th President of Ewha by the Ewha Womans University Board of Trustees. The presidential farewell and inauguration ceremony provided an opportunity for the Ewha community to reaffirm the school’s spirit of taking on new challenges and innovations, based on its history of ceaseless growth and development since heralding the beginning of women’s education 135 years ago. [Full transcript of the 17th President Kim Eun Mee’s inauguration address]
The Ewha College of Pharmacy was accredited by the Korean Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (KACPE). As evaluation certification became mandatory upon the enforcement of the amended Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, the KACPE conducted the evaluation process in 2020 for the first time since its launch, assessing six colleges that submitted applications for pharmacy education certification. Among them, Ewha’s College of Pharmacy satisfied the standards required by the new evaluation system, obtaining a five-year accreditation until December 31, 2025 and thereby building a solid foundation for producing excellent pharmacists in Korea as a certified educational institution. Since its launch as the Department of Pharmacy in Hanglimwon at Ewha Womans University in 1945, the College of Pharmacy has achieved a series of successful endeavors while maintaining its reputation as the first, best, and largest pharmaceutical education institution in Korea since the revision of the school-year system to a four-years-plus-two system. The college has led major national projects such as BK21 PLUS; Support Program for Graduate Schools of Pharmaceutical Industry Management; Leading Research Centers; and AI-Driven Drug Development Platform Project, and produced more than 9,800 pharmaceutical professionals with the support of outstanding faculty and cutting-edge research facilities. The accreditation will allow the College of Pharmacy to make substantive improvements in its pharmacy education such as expanding educational facilities and faculty, reinforcing the operation of lifelong education programs, and reorganizing the integrated six-year curriculum to train pharmacists who are able to meet the demands of the times. In particular, with the implementation of the integrated six-year system starting in 2022, the college created the Department of Future Industrial Pharmacy to focus on providing a multidisciplinary convergence curriculum through the two majors of Pharmacy (90 students) and Future Industrial Pharmacy (30 students). Based on these diverse efforts, the Ewha College of Pharmacy will take the lead in nurturing self-directed individuals with creative convergence capabilities, a patient-centered mindset, aptitude for drug development, and a spirit of cooperation and respect, as well as world-class convergent pharmaceutical professionals who will lead the future of the industry.
On Thursday, January 21, Professor Lim Hyesook from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Ewha’s ELTEC College of Engineering took office as the chairperson of the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST). Launched with the aim of supporting, nurturing, and systematically managing research institutions, the NST is a public institution representing 25 government-funded research institutions in the field of science and technology, and the position of NST chairperson corresponds to a ministerial-level position. Professor Lim Hyesook was inaugurated as the youngest and first female chairperson of the NST, marking another unprecedented achievement for Ewha. Professor Lim is writing new history in the field of Korean engineering, particularly as a woman scholar in the male-dominant field of electronic engineering. She earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in engineering from the Department of Control and Instrumentation at Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in the U.S. During her time in the U.S., she also worked at Bell Laboratories and Cisco Systems. Since joining Ewha Womans University in 2002, she served as Vice President of the Department of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Engineering. She is a regular member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, which is the most prestigious engineering-related organization in Korea. Professor Lim has shown outstanding research achievements, with exceptional talent in the field of core technologies of high-speed communication networks. With the selection of the Convergence Education Research Team of Intelligent IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) for Human-Centered Smart Factory in October as a fourth-stage BK21 project supported by the Ministry of Education, she is now cultivating convergent talents and carrying out practical research in the smart factory sector through convergence research between electronic engineering and mechanical engineering. She has pioneered a new path as a female engineer and accomplished remarkable records such as receiving the Award for Women Scientists and Engineers in 2014, from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and the Medal of Science and Technology Honor in 2020, and becoming the 50th and first woman president of the Institute of Electronics and Information Engineers.
Transforming the home of Ewha’s College of Humanities and large-scale liberal arts courses into a cutting-edge modernized space after 57 years since its completion Building a suitable educational environment for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, incorporating high-tech lecture rooms, multipurpose halls, and lounges At 2:00 PM on Monday, January 25, Ewha Womans University held a groundbreaking ceremony at the square in front of Hak-gwan for the remodeling and partial reconstruction of the Hak-gwan building. Hak-gwan was originally constructed to expand the educational space for students as Ewha rapidly grew into one of Korea’s top universities while going through the tumultuous years following the country’s liberation from Japan and the Korean War. Its construction began in 1960 and was completed in 1964. With a total floor space of 4,355 pyeong, or 14,400m², and one basement and seven ground levels, Hak-gwan was the largest building on the campus at the time, and mainly used for department offices and research institutes of the College of Humanities. In celebration of the 57th anniversary of the completion of Hak-gwan, Ewha is planning to transform the building into a future-oriented educational space balancing tradition and cutting-edge modernity through its remodeling and partial reconstruction. At the ceremony, President Kim Heisook remarked, “Although Hak-gwan was mainly used by students from the College of the Humanities, the building was a familiar sight for many other Ewha students and a place of fond memories since they attended large-scale lectures and liberal art classes in Hak-gwan.” She added, “Through this remodeling and partial reconstruction, we plan to preserve the symbolic significance of this longstanding monument to Ewha’s tradition, while transforming it into an educational environment suitable for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I ask for your generous support until the completion of the building.” The remodeling and partial reconstruction of the building is divided into a remodeling area (10,795.44m²) and a reconstruction area (6,838.24m²), and scheduled to be completed by July 2022. To this end, the Office of University Relations and Development has launched a campaign titled “Hak-gwan Remodeling and Reconstruction Fundraising Campaign”, and is gathering support from alumnae who have fond memories of classes at Hak-gwan, as well as the College of Humanities Alumnae Association. For donations of more than three million won, the donor’s name will be inscribed on the donor recognition board in addition to other courtesies such as the installation of donor plaques or the naming of spaces after donors’ names, depending on the donated amount.
Ewha produced total of ten successful candidates in the 57th Patent Bar Examination. Patent lawyers, a profession that represents clients in obtaining patents for industrial property rights or litigations, are currently rising to the spotlight as the importance of intellectual property is increasing with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Among 1,157 applicants in total, 210 applicants (18.15%) passed the examination according to the announcement of successful candidates for the 57th Patent Bar Examination released by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea on Wednesday, January 20. The number of successful applicants increased by seven compared to that of last year (203, 17.50%), but the number of successful female applicants was 62, which is a continuous decrease from the number of 55th (78, 37.7%) and 56th (74, 36.5%). Despite the overall decrease in the number of successful female applicants, Ewha once again demonstrated its excellence by producing 16% of all successful female applicants. The rate of successful applicants among enrolled students increased as five Ewha students passed the examination while currently enrolled at Ewha, and seven successful applicants participated a patent bar exam prep club provided by the school. Ewha has been operating a patent bar exam prep club since 2005 and newly established special classes for students who are preparing for higher civil service exams (technical posts) and patent bar exams since April 2010 in the Ewha-SK Telecom Center, striving to improve students’ competitiveness by providing a dedicated study room, books, and classes at private academies.
Research Team Led by Prof. Chun Lays the Cornerstone for the Development of a Measurement Scale for Youth CyberbullyingA research team led by Professor Chun JongSerl from the Department of Social Welfare has drawn attention by presenting a systematic review of tools to measure cyberbullying in 17 countries around the world, identifying problems with existing tools and developing a foothold for an international standard to ensure the accuracy of such measurements. The research findings were published in the global academic journal Computers in Human Behavior (impact factor = 5.003, top 5% in Psychology and Experimental categories) under the title “An international systematic review of cyberbullying measurements.” At a time when the importance of online interactions is rising rapidly due to COVID-19, the existing problem of school violence is evolving into a new form of cyberbullying that transcends time and place, owing to the increased use of smartphones and social media. However, there is no standardized scale for the objective measurement of this problem. As such, the research findings from Professor Chun’s team are considered a significant achievement in a context where the incidence rate of cyberbullying has not been accurately identified. The research team analyzed 64 international studies on cyberbullying severity scales in accordance with PRISMA guidelines, using the following categories: general characteristics, definition of cyberbullying, study sample characteristics, sample size, format of scale, time frame, survey type, criteria extraction method, reliability, and validity. The results of the study showed that 71.9 percent of the examined papers provided concepts and definitions of cyberbullying but failed to present a standardized definition, as the term is used interchangeably with similar concepts, such as online violence and cyber violence. In addition, existing cyberbullying scales were developed in Western countries while only five papers cover cases in Asia, raising the need to develop measurement tools that reflect the socio-cultural characteristics of Asian countries. Furthermore, there were no measurement scales that reflect gender characteristics despite gender differences in the number of cyberbullying victims, and about 30 percent of the papers did not clearly measure the time of occurrence for cases of cyberbullying, indicating insufficient accuracy. Particularly, existing measurement tools showed low degrees of reliability and validity, with only 23 percent of studies developing measurement tools following the scale development guidelines and procedures and only half of them verifying the reliability and validity of the measurement tools. This study was conducted with the support of the National Research Foundation of Korea, with Professor Chun JongSerl as the lead and corresponding author and Professor Lee Jungup at the National University of Singapore and Ewha Ph.D. students, Kim Jinyung and Lee Serim as co-authors.