Ewha Members Demonstrate Their Competence in State Examinations Ewha produced six successful candidates in the 2022 Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions (formerly the “Civil Service Examination”), including two top scorers for some major service positions, and marked its best-ever result, producing four successful candidates in the Diplomatic Service Examinations. On October 3 (Tue.), the Ministry of Personnel Management announced 363 successful candidates in the 2021 Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions and the Diplomatic Service Examinations. Among them, In-yeong Noh (Economics, incoming class of 2017) who applied for a general administrative position and Min-yeong Lee (Science Education, incoming class of 2018) who applied for an education administrative position for National Public Service for Grade V Positions scored the highest, reaffirming the reputation of Ewha as a prestigious private university that produces elite female public officials. In addition, Ewha showed an even distribution of successful candidates across all other service positions, including Ji-eun An (Economics, incoming class of 2015) and Han-ju Yang (Public Administration, incoming class of 2016) for general administrative positions, Da-won Yun (Statistics, incoming class of 2018) for a finance and economy position, and So-hui Park (German Language & Literature, graduating class of 2012) for an international trade position for National Public Service for Grade V Positions. Ewha also made the remarkable achievement of producing four successful candidates in the Diplomatic Service Examinations, overcoming the high competition rate of 37.2 to 1 with only 40 final successful candidates selected among a total of 1,486 applicants. Hyo-jin So (English Language & Literature, graduating class of 2021), Bo-mi Park (Economics, graduating class of 2018), So-yeon Jeong (Social Welfare, graduating class of 2022), and So-yeon Park (French Language & Literature, incoming class of 2014), who earned the honor of being final successful candidates, will be appointed as diplomats after a year of training at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. The Ewha Career Development Center (President Il Hyun Jo) has been actively promoting the entry of Ewha family members into public posts by operating many specialized programs offered by the university, such as professor-prepared mock tests, test reviews, interview guidance, and mentorship programs, led by the Guiding Committee for the National Public Service Examination Preparation Team (Chairperson Chung Lae Cho). With this continued support, Ewha has enjoyed the reputation of being one of the top universities in terms of producing successful candidates in the state examinations, such as the youngest successful candidate of the Foreign Service State Examinations in 2013, the first-place successful candidate of the Legislative Service Examination for general administrative positions and the Administrative Service Examination for education administrative positions in 2015, three final successful candidates for the 2016 Diplomatic Service Examinations, the first-place successful candidate of the Administrative Service Examination for financial and economy positions in 2016, and the first-place successful candidate of the 2020 National Public Service Examination for Grade V Positions for education administrative positions, the successful candidate who passed both the Legislative Service Examination and the Open Competitive Examination for National Public Service for Grade V Positions, and the first-place successful candidates for the grade V general administrative and education administrative positions, thereby cementing the school’s status as a major institution that is leading the “female boom” in the state examinations.
An event for students interested in startup culture and aspiring founders of technology-based startups Talks with Vice President Michael W. Punke of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a talk concert sharing visions of businesswomen and female startup founders The 2022 Female Technology Startup Forum under the theme of ‘‘Women, Technology, and the Future’’ was successfully held at the LG Convention Hall on September 29 (Thu.). As part of the ‘‘Korean I-Corps” program, the forum was organized for companies in Korea and abroad that offer various on-demand services to share the processes and innovative results through which they realized their ideas and created new value with Ewha students who dream of starting their own business. The Korean I-Corps refers to an innovation startup education program launched by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) in 2015 upon benchmarking the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program in line with Korea’s situation. Ewha was selected in May as a women-specific institution of the Korea Innovation Technology Startup Center (KITS), the host organization of the Korean I-Corps program. The forum was simultaneously held offline and online via livestreaming through the YouTube channel and began with opening remarks by President Hyang Sook Lee of the Ewha University-Industry Collaboration Foundation (EUICF), a congratulatory address by Director Bong-soo Kim of the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (COMPA), and a welcome speech by Executive Vice President for External Affairs Kyung Shik Shin. Part 1 of the forum featured talks with Michael W. Punke, Vice President of Global Public Policy (GPP) at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Meanwhile, Part 2 featured a talk concert titled ‘‘Talks about the Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship” for sharing experiences and know-how of technology businesswomen. Part 1 consisted of a conversation between AWS Vice President Michael W. Punke and Quint Simon, Head of Public Policy, APAC at AWS, under the theme of ‘‘An Encounter between Cloud-Based Advanced Technologies and Entrepreneurship.” In the conversation, Vice President Punke remarked on Amazon’s corporate culture of respecting diversity, women’s entrepreneurship in the cloud era, and anecdotes and know-how related to his career as a writer, a diplomat, and an executive member of a global IT company. This was followed by a Q&A session, during which students asked a range of questions including how he overcame difficulties while working for the IT company as a policy expert and what a background in liberal arts meant in engineering fields. In particular, the conversation drew attention as it marked Vice President Punke’s first visit to Korea with the hope of meeting the students of Ewha Womans University, an educational institution that embodies the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as shared by AWS. In Part 2, Soo-jung Lee, Head of Education and Healthcare at AWS, presented a special lecture under the theme of ‘‘Women@IT.” Subsequently, Soo-won Eom, CEO of Adriel, a company offering customized digital marketing solutions, shared her startup experience under the theme of ‘‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Digital Marketing Service,” while Ji-young Kang, CEO of Robo Arete, an innovative company developing a cooking robot and AI, shared her startup case under the theme of ‘‘Robot Food Tech Robert Chicken.” Part 2 was presided by CEO Na-ree Lee of Hey Joyce and wrapped up with practical and candid conversations among female entrepreneurs on women’s technology startups and plans to facilitate such startups under the theme of ‘‘Talking about Future Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship.”
Research Paper by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji Published in World-Renowned Academic Journal Additive ManufacturingExpectations for the application of 3D printing technology in fabricating microactuators and commercial application of LiDAR system as an essential technology for fully autonomous driving and smart factories A research team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering developed an electromagnetically-actuated scanning micromirror device for LiDAR systems using three-dimensional (3D) printing and published the results in Additive Manufacturing (IF: 11.632), a prestigious top 1% journal in engineering and manufacturing. A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system refers to a remote sensor that measures the distance to a target by shining a light onto the target’s surface using near-infrared light and then detecting the reflective light emitted from the surface with an optical sensor. This allows the system to accurately detect not only the distance to a target but also location and morphology of the target, attracting attention as an essential technology to achieve a fully autonomous vehicle. The research team of Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji devised a LiDAR scanning micromirror device capable of 360-degree scanning and fabricated the device by multi-jet fusion(MJF) 3D printing, a powder bed fusion process. The device developed by the Ewha research team was fabricated through the 3D printing process while a conventional scanning micromirror was made of silicon wafers using the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. This is a pioneering outcome in fabricating microactuators using 3D printing technology, which is conventionally used for the construction of macro-scale structures. In addition, compared with motor-based scanners applied to mechanical LiDAR systems or scanning micromirrors fabricated using the MEMS technology, it has the capacity to achieve high performance with short production time and low production cost, leading to expectations of the commercial application of LiDAR systems. The team led by Professor Chang-Hyeon Ji at the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering drew attention by publishing the research paper, titled “Electromagnetic Omnidirectional Scanning Micromirror with Multi Jet Fusion Printed Structures for Smart Factory Applications,” marking the outcome of the project conducted with support from the Phase 4 Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project, in a renowned journal in the relevant field. In October last year, Ewha was selected for the smart factory sub-field under the “new industry” category of the innovative talent training program in the BK21 project hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The ‘‘Education and Research Group for training intelligent IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) convergent talents for human-centric smart factories” (led by Professor Jeong Tae Kim) is composed of ten professors from the Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and three professors from the Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at ELTEC College of Engineering, and is carrying out several studies focused on the five core areas of smart factories: smart network, AI & big data, smart sensors, human-centric systems, and cyber physical systems.
Ewha and Financial Supervisory Service Hold International Conference and Job Fair The Ewha Career Development Center hosted the “2022 International Conference” jointly with the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) at the Samsung Hall of the ECC building on August 31 (Wed.). The event was held in a face-to-face format with around 250 guests from financial institutions, businesses, and academic circles, and livestreamed through the Ewha and the FSS YouTube channels. Ewha has held the international conference jointly with the FSS since 2019, along with co-hosting various events that broaden opportunities for career experience for the young generation, such as job fair and AI competition. The international conference took place under the theme of “Starting Out with Green Finance” and commenced with opening remarks by Governor Bok-hyeon Lee of the FSS and a welcome speech by President Eun Mee Kim. It was followed by congratulatory speeches by Prime Minister Duck-soo Han, Chairman Hye-ryun Back of the National Policy Committee, former U.N. Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, and Dutch Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard, expressing their consensus toward the event’s goal of presenting a sustainable future and a model for green finance. Global figures including Danish Ambassador Einar Jensen, President Michael West of Moody’s Investors Service, and President Ian Linnell of Fitch Ratings also delivered congratulatory greetings on screen. The conference included a total of seven topical presentations in an online/offline hybrid format. Bertrand Jabouley, Jeffrey Lee, and Gianluca Spinetti, as the Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, Moody’s Corporation, and Fitch Ratings, respectively, gave presentations regarding each corporation’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management, and future prospects and development strategies for green finance. In addition, a variety of presenters including Director Sacha Sudan of ESG at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Senior Manager Jae-hak Hwang of the FSS, Professor Sanghun Lee of the Climate and Energy Systems Engineering major at Ewha, and Director Soon-young Oh of KB Kookmin Bank’s Financial AI Center diagnosed the future of green finance and discussed the introduction of supervision policies. Meanwhile, the “2022 Youth Job Fair” and the “AI Challenge Competition” were held for students who aspire to pursue a career in finance in the afternoon of the same day at the Samsung Hall of the ECC building.
Fall Semester Opening Party with the President Ewha organized “We love Ewha: It’s the President’s Treat!,” an event giving out pizza to more than 2,000 students, at the front of the Welch-Ryang Auditorium on September 1 (Thu.) starting at 11:30 a.m. Held with a sponsorship donation from the pizza franchise Papa Johns, the event welcomed the return of students for the new semester after three years of absence and cheered on their active campus life. Pizzas were freshly baked at the food truck standing at the front of the Welch-Ryang Auditorium. With Vice President Kwi Cheon Park, Associate Vice President Kyoung Ok Seol, and staff members of the Office of Student Affairs, President Eun Mee Kim personally served a hot slice of pizza to students. In particular, the Office of Student Affairs demonstrated its thoughtful consideration by offering plant-based pizzas for vegan students. Students clamored in joy and asked for selfies with President Kim as she handed out pizzas, which she graciously accepted while passing on her best wishes for the new semester. President Kim said, “I am very pleased to start the new semester with a joyful event involving our students,” and gave a supportive message to students, saying “our students have been eagerly looking forward to this semester with full face-to-face classes, and I hope that we can all work together to make this a safe and joyful semester.” As the 2022 fall semester is to take place with full face-to-face classes for the first time in three years since the outbreak of COVID-19, Ewha plans to carry out various student participation events, along with guest lectures with global leaders and the Ewha Career Development Center’s career programs, in order to help students enjoy college life and broaden their experiences.
Ewha is preparing all areas of school life including disinfection measures and academic management in a cautious and thorough manner to allow students to return to campus after a long absence to study for a new semester in a safe environment and actively enjoy college life. Ewha Safe Campus draws attention for its leading disinfection control regime Ahead of the opening of the 2022 spring semester, Ewha installed the “Ewha Safe Station,” an on-campus testing clinic for COVID-19, for Ewha members to undergo a pre-emptive and routine screening test as a way to maintain a healthy and safe campus. Among educational institutions, Ewha is the only one to prepare for the normalization of education by establishing its own disinfection control regime in cooperation with professional organizations. Led by the “Preparatory Committee for the Return to Normality,” Ewha has thoroughly prepared face-to-face classes for the fall semester since May. According to the official announcement of the Ministry of Education (MOE) regarding guidelines for the normalization of schools in early August, Ewha decided to resume operating full offline classes and made an all-out effort to create a safe academic environment during the vacation. Accordingly, the Ewha Safe Station, which was planned to operate until August, will remain open until December. Therefore, despite the reduction of temporary screening clinics, any Ewha member can take a screening test at no cost. They can also conduct a self-test using the Ewha Safe Station after making a reservation via the school COVID-19 management system that opened in June, which also allows students to submit health questionnaires and check test results at the same time. As the Ewha Safe Station will facilitate screening tests for the fall semester as well, the four on-campus temperature check stations will only be operated for checking temperatures, while the bracelet for passing a temperature check will no longer be handed out. In addition, additional temperature check equipment was installed in six buildings for Ewha members to check their own temperature at a total of 22 locations. In addition, thorough disinfection is being performed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases: regular disinfection is carried out in public spaces and offline classrooms every Saturday; and desks and doorknobs in common areas including lecture rooms and reading rooms are cleaned and disinfected twice a day. Alongside such efforts, the school will set September and October as an “intensive offline class monitoring period” to observe and monitor how safely academic affairs are taking place on campus. In particular, chapel services will be held online during the monitoring period. When confirmed cases are identified in school, information such as the confirmation dates, contact tracing, and contacts will be compiled and managed. If faculty members are infected, substitute classes will be arranged during their quarantine period. If students are infected, their class attendance will still be recognized upon the submission of proof such as a quarantine notice and they will be given class materials or recorded videos of offline classes via the cyber campus. In addition, Ewha aims to swiftly respond to emergency situations based on the Ewha COVID-19 Response Guidance by the Preparatory Committee for the Return to Normality, as part of its plans to create a safe and healthy campus for the fall semester. Ewha-specific teaching and learning model “THE BEST” drives innovative education To lead the innovation of edutech-based teaching and learning infrastructure, Ewha established THE BEST, a hybrid class model consisting of online and offline teaching and learning, and trialed around 250 courses in the 2022 spring semester. As a class model made up of offline, hybrid, and online classes to support students’ self-directed learning based on quality curriculum design and digital technology, THE BEST class is a major project of Ewha Vision 2030+, a development strategy to create an innovative education platform responding to digital transformation. Regarding the change in the university environment from the unprecedented pandemic as an opportunity for innovating education, Ewha accelerated its establishment of edutech-based teaching and learning infrastructure. Launched amid a favorable response last semester, THE BEST class received encouraging reviews for the technology-based flexibility of schedule and venue, maximization of students’ self-directed learning, and reinforcement of communication with students. The number of THE BEST classes increased to a total of 286 (199 hybrid classes and 87 online classes) in the 2022 fall semester. Alongside such efforts, Ewha is continuing to improve the educational environment by establishing active learning lecture rooms and student-centered flexible learning spaces to effectively support online/offline hybrid classes, and has made an effort to offer high-quality educational services even in the midst of the changing environment through the expansion of its cyber campus system. In addition, it is also driving the momentum for the development of an integrated support system for students based on artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to strengthen support for students’ future plans. The school plans to further develop Chat-E, a chatbot service based on AI technology that is receiving positive responses from students since its launch last semester, into a platform that can manage academic affairs and guide career paths.
2022 Ewha Summer Volunteer Activities Successfully Completed “The 2022 Ewha Summer Volunteers” and “the 1st Pear Blossom Sharing Corps” practiced the spirit of neighborly love through online and offline volunteer activities during the summer break. In particular, volunteers for domestic activities renewed face-to-face volunteer services for the first time in three years after the outbreak of COVID-19 to share Ewha’s values with local communities and conduct social contribution activities. A total of 100 Ewha volunteers for domestic activities, for offering volunteer services, visited 16 local children’s centers in rural and fishing villages, such as Jeongseon in Gangwon-do, Boseong in Jeollanam-do, and Eumseong in Chungcheongbuk-do for four nights and five days from July 25 (Mon.) to 29 (Fri.) and from August 1 (Mon.) to 5 (Fri.) respectively, under the support of the University Innovation Support Project (UISP) and the Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF). The Ewha Volunteers students took an all-out approach to preparing programs for face-to-face volunteer activities, including self-producing workbooks, trialing classes in advance, and conducting rehearsals. In addition, they demonstrated their enthusiasm by meeting every day after class to evaluate the day’s class and check on preparations for the next day’s class during the dispatch period. As a result, both the participating students and the host institution showed high satisfaction regarding the thorough preparation of volunteer students and excellent education programs of Ewha Volunteers. Meanwhile, 25 volunteers for overseas activities conducted contact-free online educational volunteer services for children in Cambodia and Mongolia with support from the Korean University Council for Social Service (KUCSS). In Cambodia, 15 Ewha volunteers provided the Ewha Social Services Center in Cambodia with self-produced educational packages on personal hygiene and crafts. Local teachers at the Ewha Social Services Center independently conducted classes for five days from July 25 (Mon.) using the educational packages, consisting of workbooks, class videos, and school supplies, which were designed for them to teach independently without dispatching or seeking guidance from volunteers. In Mongolia, 10 volunteers carried out contact-free education on the Korean language and culture for students of Korean Language-related departments at the International University of Ulaanbaatar from July 4 (Mon.) to 8 (Fri.). The volunteer team provided one-on-one real-time online Zoom classes for ten Mongolian students using pre-made teaching materials and class videos. The “Ewha Volunteers,” launched in 2000, is a major volunteer program that broadly practices Ewha’s founding spirit of Christian neighborly love. In addition to the program, Ewha has also established the “Pear Blossom Sharing Corps,” a sharing program for local communities, in June this year to spread Ewha’s values among local communities and enhance its social contributions. The Pear Blossom Sharing Corps stayed at Ewha Gosari Training Center in Goesan, Chungcheongbuk-do for three nights and four days from July 26 (Tue.) and conducted various volunteer activities, such as educational volunteer services for elementary and middle school students, identification and family portrait services for the elderly, talent donation for the design of village logo and slogan, and mural painting. Volunteer activities by the Pear Blossom Sharing Corps were carried out as part of the “Agreement for Joint Utilization of Gosari Training Center,” which was signed by Ewha and various organizations in Chungcheongbuk-do in January this year with the aim to develop a local government-university collaboration model for shared innovative university. The corps contributed to the local community by conducting volunteer activities on various topics for the residents of Goesan in Chungcheongbuk-do where Gosari Training Center is located, and laid the foundation for sustainable development in rural and fishing villages. Having successfully completed the volunteer activities of the 1st Pear Blossom Sharing Corps, the Office of Student Affairs Volunteer Services Team plans to keep contributing to the growth and development of local communities by continuing the volunteer activities of the Pear Blossom Sharing Corps with the collaboration of Goesan County Office every summer. In addition, the team will take the lead in practicing Ewha’s founding spirit of Christian neighborly love and making a society of mutual coexistence through the operation of various volunteer programs, including Ewha Volunteers and its educational volunteer activities for marginalized children in Korea and abroad and Sharing of Joy Mentoring Program in which teenagers and university students grow together through a triangular mentoring model involving teenagers, university students, and community members.
2021 Fall Commencement Ceremony Held Ewha hosted the 2021 Fall Commencement Ceremony on August 26 (Fri.) at 10 a.m. at the Welch-Ryang Auditorium and graduated a total of 2,232 students, conferring a bachelor’s degree for 1,219 students, a master’s degree for 898 students, and a doctoral degree for 115 students. The ceremony was held for an hour as a face-to-face event for the first time after three years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and was attended by notable guests, including Ewha Womans University Board of Trustees Chairperson Chang Myong-Sue, President Eun Mee Kim, deans of colleges and graduate schools, and over 2,000 graduates of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In her speech, President Eun Mee Kim offered heartfelt advice to graduates as they embarked on a new chapter in their life, emphasizing three keywords: challenge, failure, and gratitude. President Kim remarked, “Whenever you encounter difficulties and challenges in your life, try to avoid turning away from them and instead face them head on with a daring spirit. Remember that all failures, great or small, that you experience in the process will become challenges and experiences that will help you grow into a better person,” and added her words of encouragement, “The education and training you’ve gained from Ewha and its history will prove to be valuable resources that will help you to overcome challenges wisely and without fear.” She also added, “I hope that you will all extend a helping hand to your neighbors out of gratitude for your parents, friends, and teachers, as well as the time you enjoyed at Ewha.” Following the President’s remarks, Professor Emeritus Hai Won Chang, the “Pride of Ewha Awards” awardee, made congratulatory remarks to the graduates in commemoration of Ewha’s 136th anniversary. Professor Emeritus Hai Won Chang is a world-renowned pianist and the first Korean to be awarded the Konzertexamen, the highest degree available at music universities in Germany, from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. She devoted her life to the globalization of music education in Korea as an educator. In her congratulatory remarks, Professor Emeritus Chang encouraged the students by saying, “Just as you’ve been focusing diligently on your chosen academic discipline, I hope that you’ll experience diverse career paths after graduation and grow into the kind of people that this era of convergence demands.” The commencement ceremony conferred 1,219 students with a bachelor’s degree, including the youngest graduate at the age of 21 and the oldest at the age of 47, as well as five North Korean refugee students; 898 students from 14 graduate schools with a master’s degree; and 115 students from two graduate schools with a doctoral degree. It also included a total of 174 international students (96 students with a bachelor’s degree and 78 students with a master’s or doctoral degree) from various countries such as China, Thailand, the United States, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Poland, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Guatemala, and Indonesia, and seven EGPP (Ewha Global Partnership Program) scholarship recipients. The EGPP is a global talent-nurturing program that provides full tuition and living expenses to female students selected from developing countries. The EGPP graduates, based on their academic excellence, will further study at graduate schools in Korea or abroad, or return to their home country to demonstrate the educational capabilities that they accumulated at Ewha.
Ewha Becomes a Hub for Youth Startup Clusters in Northwestern Seoul The Ewha Campus Town Project Team was selected for the 2023 Integrated Seoul Campus Town Project. The project team is now expected to receive around KRW 8 billion to run the project over the next four years starting from 2023 to 2026 and will serve as a hub for the Sinchon Youth Startup Valley and youth startup clusters in northwestern Seoul. The Seoul Campus Town Project is designed to facilitate the mutual development of universities and local communities by enabling them to develop and operate a startup and startup personnel accelerator program in addition to a regional revitalization program through a university-regional district consortium. After being selected for the Unit-type Seoul Campus Town Project for three years since 2019, Ewha cultivated around 50 startup teams and provided practical training for future entrepreneurs. Ewha also offered various programs for mutually benefiting local communities, including consultation and mentorship for local small businesses and a network-building program. Under this project, Ewha set the goals of fostering youth startups and future professionals with the capacity to lead innovative technologies and building a regional revitalization model. Reflecting the needs of the era on changes in the startup ecosystem, Ewha will boost startups like bio-healthcare businesses that are based on expertise in lab work and innovative technologies and contribute to the revitalization of local economies by renewing the Sinchon commercial district and traditional markets. Kyung Shik Shin, Ewha’s Executive Vice President for External Affairs and the research director for this project, commented, “The Seoul Campus Town Project will allow Ewha to play a more pivotal role as a hub for startup clusters in northwestern Seoul in connection with the Sinchon Youth Startup Valley established in partnership with Seodaemun-gu, Ewha Womans University Medical Center, and the Seoul Magok District Industrial Complex.” Ewha established “Ewha Vision 2030+” and “Medium-to-long-term Development Plan for University-Industry Collaboration” and is promoting various new projects to foster creative individuals who can create innovative value according to the needs of society, establish a total platform for the commercialization of creative and convergent technology, and build a hub for startups that can expand with future technology. As a result, Ewha has been selected for the so-called “Korean I-Corps program” of the Korea Innovation Technology Startup Center (KITS) under the Ministry of Science and ICT in May 2021 and designated as the best Business Incubator (BI) by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups this year, thereby winning recognition as the nation’s top institution for fostering startups and startup professionals.
Ewha Signs a Business Agreement with the KSIF to Attract and Support Excellent Foreign Nationals Ewha signed a business agreement with the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF) on August 17 (Wed.) and agreed to provide high-quality Korean language education for international students and attract more talented foreign nationals. Under the agreement with the KSIF, Ewha will operate an online King Sejong Institute tailored to international students and utilize the Sejong Korean Language Assessment (SKA), the KSIF’s Korean language proficiency test for assessing foreign nationals’ communication skills. Ewha and the KSIF also agreed to cooperate to attract talented foreign nationals through King Sejong Institutes located around the world and discover joint projects to spread the Korean language and culture, while providing mutual support. The cooperation between Ewha, which provides a professional, systematic education system and environment for international students, and the KSIF, which aims to promote the Korean language and culture around the world, is expected to offer a wider range of opportunities and support for international students who wish to improve their Korean language skills. In particular, from the 2022 fall semester, Ewha will provide high-quality Korean language education for international students via the “Ewha Online King Sejong Institute.” President Eun Mee Kim commented, “This will be a new opportunity to explore ways to strengthen the overall influence of the Korean language and culture based on our shared pioneering spirit and experiences of rapid growth. I hope that this agreement serves to create momentum for Ewha and the KSIF to become highly-respected organizations that lead the global trend of Korean culture.” Ewha has played a leading role in Korean language education, establishing Teaching Korean as Second Language as a major for the first time in Korea in 1982 and starting Korean language education for foreigners at the Ewha Language Center in 1988. The agreement with the KSIF is expected to enable Ewha to further strengthen its status as a leading institution for cultivating global leaders by attracting more talented foreign nationals and developing a support system for international students.