Ewha Womans University

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Ewha Womans University
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Motto 진(眞)·선(善)·미(美)
Motto in English
Established 1886
Type Private
President Choi, Kyunghee Ph.D.
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 19,503[1]
Undergraduates 16,166
Postgraduates 6,102
Location South KoreaSeodaemun, Seoul, South Korea
Campus Urban
Colors Green     
Nickname Idae (이대·梨大)
Website www.ewha.ac.kr
Ewha Womans University
Revised Romanization Ihwa Yeoja Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Ihwa Yŏja Taehakkyo
University main entrance
Ewha campus complex
Leafy streets near Ewha

Ewha Womans University (Korean: 이화여자대학교, Hanja: 梨花女子大學校) is a private women's university in central Seoul, South Korea founded in 1886 by the American Methodist Episcopal missionary Mary F. Scranton. It is currently the world's largest female educational institute and is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea.

While the lack of an apostrophe in "Womans University" is unconventional, the use of "Woman's" rather than "Women's" was normal in the past.[2]

Τhe use of "Womans" carries special meaning. The early founders of the college thought that every woman in this community is worth being respected; to promote this idea, they chose the word "woman" to avoid lumping students together under the word "women." [3][unreliable source?]


Ewha Womans University traces its roots back to Mary F. Scranton's Ehwa Haktang (also 이화학당·梨花學堂) mission school for girls, which opened with only one student on May 31, 1886 (Lee, 2001).[4] The name Ewha, which means “Pear Blossoms”, was bestowed by the Emperor Gojong the following year. The original campus was covered with them, and many historians speculate that a grove of pear trees near Scranton home's inspired the name. The image of the pear blossom is incorporated in the school's logo. The school began to provide college courses in 1910, and professional courses for women in 1925. Immediately following liberation of Korea on August 15, 1945, the college received government permission to become a university. It was the first South Korean university to be officially organized.


Ewha Haktang founded for modernization of women 1886-1910
  • 1886:First modern educational institute for Korean women
  • 1887:Boguyeogwan offers medical service for women
    • As Korea’s first hospital exclusively for women, it laid the groundwork for Ewha’s Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, which became the current Ewha Womans University Medical Center.
College courses open doors to women’s higher education 1910-1925
  • 1910:College courses launched In September
    • 1910, the College opened at Ewha Haktang with 15 students; its inaugural class graduated in 1914.
  • 1925:Founding of Ewha College
    • The College was elevated to Ewha College, making it the first institute of higher education for Korean women.
Fostering a sense of calling and thirst for learning in students 1925-1945
  • 1935:Campus moves to Sinchon
    • The new campus in Sinchon marked Ewha College’s first step toward becoming a world-class university.
Gains new ground with accreditation as Korea’s first university 1946-1961
  • 1946:First Korean university to receive government accreditation
    • Ewha was officially accredited by the Ministry of Education, becoming the first accredited four-year university in Korea.
  • 1951:Temporary wartime campus in Busan
    • Following the outbreak of the Korean War, Ewha opened an evacuee campus in the southern city of Busan on Sept. 1, 1951, comprising 30 temporary wooden structures and tents.
Decades of progress as Korea’s top women’s university 1961-2000
  • 1977:Korea’s first women’s studies course
    • Ewha offered Korea’s first course in women’s studies and established the Korean Women’s Institute to seek development in the discipline.
  • 1986:Ewha’s 100th anniversary
    • Ewha celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation, a turning point in its development as a world-class 21st-century university.
  • 1995:Top marks in national accreditation
    • Ewha named top-ranked school in Comprehensive University Accreditation System conducted by Korean Council for University Education, winning recognition for its high education standards.
  • 1996:World’s first women’s engineering college
    • Ewha established the world's first engineering college for women
From Korea’s first to world’s best 2000-2010
  • 2001:Korea’s first International Studies Division
    • Ewha opened Korea’s first Division of International Studies, offering all courses in English.
  • 2006:Ewha Global Partnership Program
    • Korea’s first degree program for women from developing countries was established to lead women’s global education.
  • 2007:Ewha-KOICA Program
    • Ewha established an intensive MA program for female researchers and public servants from developing countries.
  • 2007:Korea’s first self-designed major
    • In keeping with the vision of its founder, Ewha established Scranton College, offering Korea’s first self-designed major in an undergraduate program.
  • 2008:Construction of ECC
    • The Ewha Campus Complex is Korea’s largest environmentally friendly underground campus facility and has changed the landscape of university campuses everywhere.
Global hub for women’s education and intellectual exchange 2010-present
  • 2011:Ewha-Solvay collaboration
    • Ewha signed a university-industry collaboration agreement with multinational chemical corporation Solvay, to build the global headquarters of its specialized R&D center at Ewha.
  • 2012:Center of women’s global education
    • Ewha launched the Ewha Global Empowerment Program to foster female leaders in public and non-government sectors in developing countries.
  • Global center for basic science research
    • Ewha was selected to receive KRW 100 billion over the next 10 years from the Institute for Basic Research.
  • Ewha Residential College in plans
    • Ewha will launch its Residential College program in 2015, creating an environment for all incoming students to live and study together for a semester.



College of Liberal Arts
  • Division of Liberal Arts
    • Korean Language & Literature
    • Chinese Language & Literature
    • English Language & Literature
    • French Language & Literature
    • German Language & Literature
    • History
    • Philosophy
  • Division of Christian Studies
    • Christian Studies
College of Social Sciences
  • Division of Social Sciences
    • Political Science & International Relations
    • Public Administration
    • Economics
    • Library & Information Science
    • Sociology
    • Social Welfare
    • Psychology
    • Consumer Studies
  • Division of Media Studies
    • Journalism
    • Advertising & Public Relations
    • Television & Film
College of Natural Sciences
  • Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Physics
  • Division of Molecular and Life Science
    • Chemistry & Nano Science
    • Life Science
College of Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Department of Electronics Engineering
  • Division of Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Architectural Engineering
  • Division of Environmental and Food Science
    • Environmental Science & Engineering
    • Food Science & Engineering
College of Music
  • Division of Music
    • Keyboard Instruments
    • Orchestral Instruments
    • Voice
    • Composition
    • Korean Music
  • Department of Dance
    • Dance
College of Art & Design
  • Division of Fine Arts
    • Korean Painting
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Ceramic Arts
  • Division of Design
    • Space Design
    • Visual Communication Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Media Interaction Design
  • Department of Clothing & Textiles
    • Fiber Arts
    • Fashion Design
    • Clothing & Textiles
College of Education
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Special Education
  • English Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Korean Education
  • Science Education
  • Mathematics Education
College of Law
  • Department of Law
College of Business Administration
  • Division of Business Administration
    • Business Administration
  • Department of International Office Administration
College of Health Sciences
  • Division of Nursing Science
    • Nursing Science
  • Division of Human Movement Studies
    • Human Movement Studies
  • Department of Nutritional Science & Food Management
  • Department of Health Education & Management
College of Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmacy
College of Scranton
  • Scranton Honors Program
  • Division of International Studies
    • International Studies

Graduate schools[edit]

The Graduate School
  • Korean Language & Literature
  • Chinese Language & Literature
  • English Language & Literature
  • French Language & Literature
  • German Language & Literature
  • Christian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Art History
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Economics
  • Library & Information Science
  • Sociology
  • Social Welfare
  • Psychology
  • Consumer Studies
  • Communication
  • Women's Studies
  • Child Development
  • North Korean Studies
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Special Education
  • English Education
  • Department of Social Studies Education
  • Korean Education
  • Communication Disorders
  • Law
  • Business Administration
  • International Office Administration
  • Music Therapy
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry & Nano Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Division of Life & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Industrial Pharmaceutical Science
  • Science Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Health Education & Management
  • Nursing Science
  • Nutritional Science & Food Management
  • Division of Eco Science
  • Medical Sciences
  • Bio Inspired Science
  • Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science & Engineering
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Digital Media
  • Music
  • Fine Arts
  • Design
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Dance
  • Human Movement Studies
  • Medicine
  • Area Studies
  • Bioethics Policy Studies
  • East Asians Studies
  • Gifted Education
  • Environmental and Architectural Engineering for Sustainability
  • Climate/Economics Interdisciplinary Program
Professional Graduate School
  • International Studies(GSIS)
  • Translation & Interpretation
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Law
Special Graduate School
  • Education
  • Design
  • Social Welfare
  • Theology
  • Policy Sciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Clinical Health Sciences
  • Clinical Dentistry
  • Teaching Foreign Languages


  • The only women’s university in the world with a College of Engineering, a College of Medicine, and a Law School.
  • Among the women lawmakers appointed to the 19th National Assembly (2012-2016), 27.6% are Ewha alumnae.
  • The only Korean university participating as a partner in the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP) and Ewha-Harvard Summer School Program.
  • Produced the 6th highest number of successful candidates in National Judicial Exam and the 7th highest number in Civil Service Exam in 2013(ranked 5th in 2012).
  • Ranked 1st in the 2013 Leiden Ranking, a qualitative assessment of faculty research in the world’s top 500 universities.
  • Ranked 5th among all Korean universities in the Chosun-QS Evaluation of Asian Universities.
  • Ranked 1st in the nation in Education, Engineering, English Language & Literature, Environmental Engineering, History, Law, Mathematics, Nutritional Science & Food Management, Physics and Sociology.
  • Ranked 1st among all private Korean universities in the number of citations per research paper in the 2012 Chosun-QS Evaluation of Asian Universities.
  • First university to sign a university-industry collaboration agreement with Solvay[disambiguation needed] for the establishment of a 16.8 million EUR Global R&D Center.
  • Collaborates with around 829 partners in 64 countries including Australian National University, Cornell University, Freie University of Berlin, Ghent University, Harvard University, Indiana University, King’s College London, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, University of California, Irvine, University of British Columbia, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, Uppsala University, Waseda University — in Alphabetical order.
  • 1,600 international students from 74 countries study at Ewha every year.
Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellows
Distinguished Fellows of Ewha Academy for Advanced Studies

Notable alumni[edit]

Affiliated facilities[edit]

  • Ewha Womans University Museum
  • Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum
  • Ewha Womans University Medical Center
  • Ewha Institute For Leadership Development
  • Ewha Advanced IT Education Center
  • Ewha School Of Continuing Education
  • Ewha Language Center
  • Ewha Archives
  • Ewha Elementary School
  • Ewha Kindergarten
  • Ewha Kumnan High School
  • Ewha Kumnan Middle School
  • Youngran Information Industry High School
  • Youngran Girl's Middle School


Public transportation[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ewha Information". Ewha Womans University Official Website. 
  2. ^ Compare Texas Woman's University, named in 1957, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, named in 1893, as well as Mississippi Woman's College and Woman's College of the University of North Carolina which have since changed their names.
  3. ^ http://inews.ewha.ac.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=14558
  4. ^ Lee Jeong-kyu. (2001). The establishment of modern universities in Korea and their implications for Korean education policies. In Education Policy Analysis Archives 9 (27)
  5. ^ http://mouonekorea.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/in-the-news-north-korean-defectors-emerge-from-periphery/

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