During the summer vacation in 2023, Ewha launched various global programs across the world including the Americas, Europe, and Asia to broaden Ewha members’ global experiences and support the nurturing of global female talent. Under the 2023 Ewha Summer Global Frontier Program supported by the Office of Student Affairs, 28 participants in seven teams travelled to the U.S. and eight European nations to conduct overseas exploration activities during the summer vacation. The “Ewha Global Frontier” is a short-term overseas exploratory program designed to foster well-rounded global female leaders with a daring spirit, outstanding drive, and problem-solving skills. Through the program, students independently select a topic and plan for exploration in teams and then visit international bodies, public institutions, global corporations, and universities to explore their chosen topic, with airfare and exploration expenses funded as a scholarship. The program has been met with a high satisfaction rate among participating students. Meanwhile, a total of 65 participants in six teams have successfully completed their activities under the Faculty-led Study Abroad Program for First Half of 2023. Supported by the Office of International Affairs to strengthen Ewha students’ global competency, the Faculty-led Study Abroad Program is an overseas learning program in which professors travel overseas with their students during vacation time to conduct joint classes and seminars with prominent overseas universities and institutions. The program is highly popular among students, not least for the opportunity to earn extra credits. As part of the program, Ewha’s faculty-led teams, such as from the Department of Architecture, the Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering, the Division of Design, the Division of Nursing, the Department of International Studies, and the Department of Global Korean Studies, have visited various countries including the U.S., Canada, and Japan to perform a range of learning activities. The 2023 Ewha-CUHK Global Student Partnership (GSP), an academic and cultural exchange program jointly organized by Ewha and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has been successfully conducted in both Hong Kong and Seoul. The GSP, a short-term special exchange program conducted with a foreign university, is a program optimized for cultivating students’ global competencies in that it allows participants to take the initiative in the overall process of the program from planning to execution. Following the Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP), which has been jointly conducted with Harvard University since 2007, Ewha has been running the GSP with the CUHK since 2019. A total of 16 students from Ewha and the CUHK gathered on the Ewha campus in July and on the CUHK campus in August, respectively, where they planned and held conferences and various cultural, social, and academic exchange programs on their own initiative under the theme of “Sustainability and Waste Recycling,” thereby contributing to the development of global leadership, networking, and experiences.
The second day of events for the Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue, a venue for discussions on sustainable development and climate crisis issues in Asia, was held at Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on September 14, 2023 (Thu.). The Trans-Pacific Sustainability Dialogue, 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 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2022, expert panels have been organized and held by Ewha’s Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research, along with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the APARC and Yonsei University. This event, which commenced on September 13, 2023 (Wed.), discussed the concept of carbon neutrality, the achievement of SDGs and the environment under the theme of “energy security,” and in the second day of the event on September 14, 2023 (Thu.), the expert session was held at Ewha under the theme of “efficient energy technology” with the attendance of President Eun Mee Kim and international experts in various fields such as Chairperson Ban Ki-moon of the Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future and Director Gi-Wook Shin of the APARC. At the expert session, the participants discussed such themes as “Pursuit of energy security: Efficient energy technologies and solutions,” “Political economy and energy security of renewable energy,” “The environment and energy security: Dialogue with future generations,” “Education and energy security: Dialogue with future generations,” and “Equality and energy security: Dialogue with future generations.” With the establishment of the Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering in 2017, Ewha Womans University has taken the lead in nurturing convergence talent in line with environmental changes in various energy industries such as transitions to sustainable energy and energy digital transformation. Moreover, Ewha is active in responding to climate change and achieving carbon neutral goals by conducting world-class research through the Center for Climate/Environment Change Prediction Research, a priority research institute in the science and engineering field, while promoting the development of international climate risk management models.
Research of Professor Suyeon Cho-led Team Selected as the Cover of World-Renowned Scientific Journal Chemical ReviewsResearch of Professor Suyeon Cho-led Team Selected as the Cover of World-Renowned Scientific Journal Chemical Reviews The research team led by Professor Suyeon Cho of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science has published a groundbreaking review paper on designing low-dimensional materials (LDMs) to build ultra-high-speed, high-density semiconductor devices required for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The research paper by Professor Cho’s team has been selected for the cover of the international scientific journal Chemical Reviews (IF: 72.087). It was co-authored by Seungyeon Lee from the Graduate Program in System Health Science and Engineering of Ewha’s BK 21 FOUR program, in collaboration with the team led by Professor Yang Heejun of KAIST’s Department of Physics. The paper, titled “Phase-Engineering of 2D Materials,” was published online on August 17, 2023 (Thu.). The Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterized as ICT technologies ranging from AI and 5G mobile communication services to autonomous vehicles and robots, is closely linked to the development of system semiconductors. To realize the development of ultra-small, high-performance system semiconductors, biomimetic semiconductor devices with ultra-low power, high density and high response speed are attracting great expectations as an innovative way to reduce the load incurred by communication and calculation. With the aim to develop next-generation semiconductor devices with high density and high response speed, such as biomimetic semiconductor devices, the paper published by Professor Cho’s team reported various research findings and introduced their significance in terms of controlling diverse structural phases and movements of low-dimensional materials at the nanoscale. The paper also reported that numerous follow-up studies on low-dimensional materials will be able to utilize not only metal-insulator transitions but also magnetism of 2D materials, strongly correlated band structures and phase transitions resulting from changes in topological relations. Notably, the paper verified that structural phase engineering using electrical, optical and plasma post-processing could form a new low-dimensional phase boundary, possibly leading to the development of new materials. The utilization of this technology is expected to enable fast data processing, which may enhance the ease of use for technologies requiring high response speed in real time, such as 5G service-based, massive real-time services and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Ewha’s Career Development Center and the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) held the International Conference and MZ Youth Job Fair at Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on August 31, 2023 (Thu.) to propose a model of sustainable green finance through university-industry exchanges. The conference, titled “Change the World with Green Finance,” was attended by key figures from Ewha Womans University, global financial companies, including HSBC and ING, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the FSS, and KB Financial Group, with the aim to introduce green finance response cases, international trends and strategies. The conference was held to great success, drawing about 200 attendees. The 2023 International Conference, the first session of which began at 9 a.m., commenced with an opening speech by Governor Lee Bokhyun of the Financial Supervisory Service and a welcome speech by President Eun Mee Kim. Congratulatory remarks were then delivered by Head of the National Policy Committee Baek Hyeryun, and global figures such as former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Colin Crooks, followed by presentations on seven topics. These included presentations on green finance cases and strategies of the respective organizations represented by HSBC Director of Climate Change Pritya Widiarta, Head of ING Korea Philip van Hoof, and Managing Director Werner Grub of the Export and Investment Fund of Denmark (EIFO). Other speakers included WWF Initiative Lead Maud Abdelli, FSS Lead Manager Jaehak Hwang, Professor Sanghun Lee of Ewha’s Department of Climate and Energy Systems Engineering, and Head of Financial AI Center Soonyoung Oh of KB Kookmin Bank. The programs in the second session included AI Challenge, an idea contest on AI-based future finance, and MZ Youth Job Fair. In particular, major financial companies, digital companies and global businesses provided insights into hiring procedures and employment strategies including interview preparation tips based on multiple cases, providing a positive opportunity for university students including Ewha who want to work in the financial industry. The International Conference has been held at Ewha on a yearly basis since 2019. The event has served as a venue for discussions to closely examine the concept of green finance, a core pillar for the achievement of carbon neutrality amid the current climate change crisis, and to seek response plans and new growth engines of the domestic financial industry. Moreover, the event is expected to help generate ideas for innovative future finance and raise the awareness on future finance among young people through the support of youth employment.
Hak-gwan reborn as a future-oriented educational space where tradition and high technology coexist Dedication ceremony successfully held with the attendance of about 250 participants including donors Ewha Womans University held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the remodeling and partial construction of Hak-gwan in the square in front of the building on August 30, 2023 (Wed.). The ceremony was attended by about 250 participants, such as Ewha officials including Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Ewha Womans University Chang Myong-Sue, President Eun Mee Kim, former Ewha Presidents Chang Sang and Kim Heisook, and President Lee Myeong-kyeong of the Ewha Alumnae Association; donors such as Chairperson Moo Kyung Jung of the Korea Zinc ESG Committee, who was attended on behalf of Korea Zinc’s Honorary Chairperson Choi Chang-gurl, Chairperson Yu Jung-geun of the Gyeongwon Cultural Foundation, and Chairperson Jeong So-yeong of the Heunghan Foundation; and other distinguished guests from outside Ewha including Head of the Seodaemun-gu Office Lee Sung-heon, in order to celebrate the new beginning of Hak-gwan, which has been reborn as a future-oriented educational space where tradition and high technology coexist. At its inception, Hak-gwan consisted of ten wooden buildings that were erected to meet the demand from the rapid increase in the number of students in the post-Korean War era. Hak-gwan was completed in 1964 after five rounds of construction projects. It soon came to accommodate so many classes that it was nicknamed “C-gwan” after the first letter of “classrooms” and also served as a central hub for liberal arts courses, various general elective classes, and large-scale lectures. Hak-gwan is a building of fond memories where almost all Ewha students have had at least one class. Due to the building’s deterioration, it was selected for reconstruction as part of the Campus Master Plan in 2014, and it has been transformed once again in the two and a half years after the commencement of the latest remodeling and partial construction project in 2021. The Hak-gwan building now comprises one basement floor and eight above-ground floors, with a total ground area of about 17,640 m2. As the building includes a multipurpose hall suitable for sports activities like basketball, a flexible learning space, an open computer lab, a 400-seat tiered lecture hall, and smart, high-tech classrooms, it has become a 21st-century learning space that combines both humanistic imagination and advanced technology. Among these facilities, the flexible learning space will be used as a creative space for study and relaxation. It has been named the “Chung Ii-sook Hall” in honor of former Ewha President Chung Ii-sook who led the school into its second century under the vision of the “University as a Center of Education and Research.” Meanwhile, other spaces were named after donors: the “Korea Zinc Lecture Hall,” suitable for various classroom activities like theater performances; the “Heunghan Foundation Lecture Hall,” which has been transformed into a comfortable classroom environment; the “Europa Leseraum,” a reading room sponsored by alumna Kim Jeong-ok; the Computer Lab generously sponsored by alumnae of the College of Liberal Arts and the alumnae associations from eight departments; and the Active Learning Classroom created through a generous donation by the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University (IFEWU). In addition to the remodeling and partial construction of Hak-gwan, as part of the preparation for the 150th anniversary of its founding, Ewha plans to reconstruct Helen Hall, Ewha’s first library, into a state-of-the-art library facility, and the Human Ecology Building into a space for multidisciplinary convergence and research as well as university-industry collaboration and business startups for four Ewha colleges, along with the entire western area of the campus. The continuous improvement of the education and research infrastructure will enable Ewha to lead the educational environment in the future and play a leading role in nurturing convergence talent in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
A Warm-hearted World Built by Ewha Members: The 2023 Ewha Summer Volunteers and Second Pear Blossom Sharing CorpsThe 2023 Ewha Summer Volunteers and the second Pear Blossom Sharing Corps have returned after conducting volunteer activities during the summer vacation to share Ewha’s values and practice social contributions. The Ewha Volunteers and Pear Blossom Sharing Corps, participated in by a total of 185 Ewha members, carried out team-based volunteer activities in various fields. With the summer vacation commencing, two overseas educational volunteer teams consisting of 25 participants visited Camp Choson in the U.S., and Ewha Social Services Center and the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia. The U.S. educational volunteer team provided services such as Korean culture and language education, art and sports activities and mentoring at Camp Choson in Minnesota for 12 days from June 30 (Fri.) to July 11, 2023 (Tue.), while the Cambodia educational volunteer team conducted activities addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) for children and youths of urban poor families at Ewha Social Services Center, located in Phnom Penh, from July 8 (Sat.) to July 16, 2023 (Sun.). Meanwhile, 21 domestic educational volunteer teams consisting of 113 Ewha students were deployed to 20 institutions across six regions in Korea, such as Gangwon-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Jeollanam-do, Chungcheongnam-do, Chungcheongbuk-do and Busan, from July 24 (Mon.) to August 4, 2023 (Fri.). The domestic educational volunteer teams planned team-based programs under the theme of “music” and provided services such as school curriculum-based coaching, art and sports activities, and academic career mentoring for children of local children centers and elementary schools. The Pear Blossom Sharing Corps, which was launched in 2022 to spread Ewha’s values and enhance its social contributions in local communities, performed educational volunteer activities for local elementary and middle school students as well as talent-sharing activities including the designing of a village logo and regional slogan at Ewha’s Gosari Training Center for four days from July 24, 2023 (Mon.). The education team consisting of 11 members carried out educational volunteer services, academic career counseling, and academic coaching and mentoring for students of Goesanbuk Middle School. The design team of Ewha design majors contributed to the promotion of the local farming community by designing the product packaging and logo for apples, a specialty product of Yeonpung-myeon, Goesan-gun. In addition, the mural painting and music team will continue their volunteer activities for the community in October by creating mural paintings and holding performances of gugak (traditional Korean music) crossed over with western music. The Office of Student Affairs Volunteer Services held a disbanding ceremony for the 2023 Ewha Summer Volunteers and the second Pear Blossom Sharing Corps at Lee Sam-bong Hall of the ECC building on August 24, 2023 (Thu.) and applauded students who gave their time to volunteer activities through various programs during their vacation time.
The Ewha International Summer College (EISC), the first summer college in Korea, has fully overcome the COVID-19 crisis and returned to its former reputation. Since its establishment in 1971, the EISC has offered international students from around the world opportunities to participate in cultural activities and receive a wide range of credit-bearing courses in specialized disciplines such as music and arts as well as in diverse majors such as the humanities, economics, business administration and engineering in the Ewha campus. This year’s EISC, comprised of two sessions including a four-week session and a two-week session, attracted about 400 students from 28 countries. The four-week Session 1, which commenced on June 26, 2023 (Mon.), was participated in by international students from diverse regions including the Americas and Europe. In particular, students from Rutgers (State University of New Jersey) and the University of Toronto took part in the EISC as part of a faculty-led program. Under the program, the students attended high-quality classes taught in English by faculty from Ewha and prestigious universities around the world, along with Korean language classes appropriate for their level. In addition to the regular classes, Session 1 allowed the students the chance to experience Korean culture through a variety of cultural programs such as a tour of the royal palaces, Korean cooking sessions, a city tour of Seoul and a picnic by the Han River. Session 2 lasted for two weeks from August 3 (Thu.) to August 17, 2023 (Thu.). Notably, Session 2 was attended by not only students from Asia including Japan Women’s University in Tokyo, but also those in European countries such as Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece. Through the session, students enhanced their understanding of Korean culture, while taking Korean language classes catering to their level as well as classes in Korean Studies and various other topics. Furthermore, they had the opportunity to experience Korean culture in person through diverse hands-on experiences including taekwondo training sessions, stamp making workshops and a tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace. This year’s EISC programs were attended by students of diverse languages and cultures, which allowed them to broaden their horizons to better understand different cultures and establish a foothold to expand their global network through various exchanges. In particular, the Office of International Affairs was positively received by the students for planning this year’s programs in a way that was designed to help them participate in a wide range of hands-on activities.
Ewha hosted the 2022 Fall Commencement Ceremony at Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 10 a.m. on August 25, 2023 (Fri.). A total of 1,998 graduating students participated, with 1,016 receiving a bachelor’s degree, 865 receiving a master’s degree, and 117 receiving a doctoral degree. “From the starting point of Ewha’s long history of 137 years to this present era of historical transformation, Ewha has built a legacy of creativity and innovation to lead and change the times, with each member of Ewha inheriting these values of creative and innovative education,” remarked President Eun Mee Kim in a message to the graduating students. “I hope you will all keep close to your hearts our calling to build a sustainable society and spread Ewha’s own capability and unique culture of ‘E-Culture’ across the world.” At the commencement ceremony, 1,016 undergraduate graduating students proudly wore their graduation caps, including the youngest aged 21 and the oldest aged 51, one student with disabilities and two students of North Korean defector background. In addition, 865 master’s degrees were conferred by 13 graduate schools, along with 117 doctoral degrees from four graduate schools. Meanwhile, a total of 171 international students from countries around the world such as China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan and the U.S., including two scholarship recipients from the Ewha Global Partnership Program (EGPP), received their diplomas including 70 bachelor’s degrees and 101 master’s and doctoral degrees. The EGPP under Ewha Womans University was designed to select talented women from developing countries and provide full scholarship and living expenses in a bid to educate and nurture global female talent. The scholarship recipients with outstanding academic performances are expected to be employed in Korea after graduation and make full use of the capabilities they honed at Ewha.
The 2023 Ewha-Harvard Summer School Program, co-organized by the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University and Harvard University in the U.S, held a closing ceremony on August 18, 2023 (Fri.), following the completion of its eight-week program. The Ewha-Harvard Summer School Program (EHSSP) is the only summer session program hosted in Korea by Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and has been held in Ewha Womans University every summer since 2006. The EHSSP is a popular program among students that offers three credits as a summer session, and upon completion, issues certificates respectively from Harvard Summer School and Ewha’s Graduate School of International Studies. In particular, the resumption of the program after a four-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in high expectations and interest this year. This year’s program was held under the theme of “North Korea” and participated in by a total of 30 students from Ewha and Harvard University, who experienced a variety of activities such as a lecture titled “Thinking Out of the Black Box – Exploring New Insights into North Korea,” given by Dr. John S. Park, a political science expert at Harvard University, field trips, local survey trips and Korean language classes. The participating students enjoyed an even more in-depth summer session program than in previous years, not only learning together but also living together in on-campus housing during the course of the program as well as building one-on-one language and cultural exchanges. As the EHSSP boasts a high degree of satisfaction among its participants each year, it has positioned itself as Ewha’s representative global education program. Ewha has taken the initiative in the globalization of Korean universities by establishing the Ewha International Summer College (EISC) in 1971 as the first of its kind in the country, and the first Division of International Studies among Korean universities in 2001. In addition, Ewha operates eminent global programs such as the Ewha-Harvard Summer School Program (EHSSP), the Ewha-Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP), the Ewha-Yale Conference and the Ewha-Luce International Seminar, based on its longstanding tradition of global education and excellent educational capabilities.
Ewha has been selected as the lead organization for major projects organized by the Ministry of Science and ICT aimed at developing advanced original technologies and fostering an artificial intelligence ecosystem, thereby showcasing the school’s exceptional research capabilities. The team led by Professor Seongjae Cho has been selected for the 2023 Next-generation Intelligent Semiconductor Technology (Device) Development Project. The team will conduct research on “developing high-density, low-power and non-volatile 3D vertical synapse arrays and architectures based on charge storage for on-chip learning” with a total research funding of KRW 2.75 billion by 2025. As the lead organization, Ewha’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering will oversee the general management of the project as well as the development and processing of flash memory synaptic cells. The project is participated in by research teams from seven universities in Korea. Professor Seongjae Cho expressed his hope for the project, remarking that the research will increase the standard of system autonomy while enabling the development of next-generation AI semiconductors that will approach a final form whose hardware is capable of establishing billions of AI parameters. The team led by Professor Hyukjin Lee has been selected for the 2023 Genome Editing, Control and Restoration-based Technology Development Project to conduct research on the “development of an in-vivo genome-editing technologies based on next-generation lipid nanoparticles (LNPs)” with a total research funding amounting to KRW 2.2 billion over the next five years. Professor Hyukjin Lee of the College of Pharmacy will collaborate with researchers at Yonsei University and the bio-venture company ToolGen, Inc. to develop a mRNA/ LNP-based genome editing technology. Although mRNA/LNPs have been used as vaccines and therapeutics by global pharmaceutical companies such as Moderna, Pfizer and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, there is no precedent for the clinical application of LNPs as delivery agent to organs with the exception of the liver. Through this project, Professor Lee will develop LNPs as potential delivery systems for the eye and central nervous system, based on which he also plans to develop an in-vivo genome-editing technology. The team led by Professor Kyung-Shik Shin has been selected for the 2023 AI Learning Data Construction Support Project. Professor Shin’s team will conduct research on “constructing comprehensive AI learning data to prevent mental and physical diseases related to parenting stress and promote healthy parenting” with a total project funding of KRW 1.7 billion. The 2023 AI Learning Data Construction Support Project was designed to build data to address important social problems facing our society, such as the declining birthrate and changing demographic structure. The Ewha research team will secure large-scale clinical composite data to comprehensively assess parenting stress for the first time in Korea. The project is led by Professor Kyung-Shik Shin from the Division of Business Administration as the principal investigator and participated in by Korea’s top researchers in the relevant areas, such as data science and brain science and medicine, including Ewha faculty from the Department of Pharmacy, the Ewha Brain Institute, the Division of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Medicine. Meanwhile, the Department of Fashion Industry has been selected as a participating institution for the “3D data for traditional hanbok” category in the 2023 AI Learning Data Construction Support Project. Following in 2020 and 2022, the Department of Fashion Industry has been selected as a participating institution in 2023, dedicating its utmost efforts to nurturing talent in the fashion industry based on AI.