Angela Markel is the first female German chancellor and the youngest German chancellor with a background in natural sciences since the Second World War. As a female politician from a center right party, and a scientist, Markel has been named as a former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Her ability of constructing strong transatlantic partnership with neighbor countries is highly evaluated as expending the influence of Germany in the European Union.
“Markel was named for the honorary doctor’s degree for her conspicuous exhibition of woman leadership while contributing to sustainable development and realization of peace in Germany with a substantial reform agenda concerning Germany’s economic, social and environmental system,” said an official from the Office of Communications.
“Conferment of Honorary doctor’s degree is determined based on the Graduate School Regulation article thirty. According to the article thirty the person who engaged in achievement of academic development or human culture improvement is eligible to be nominated. However, the final candidates who are qualified will be chosen after deliberation of Committee of Graduate School,” said Lee Ji-yeon, the official of Ewha Graduate School.
Markel has been played her central role in international politics with her great political visibility. In 2005 she was nominated as the first female German chancellor and was re-elected in 2009. In 2007, she chaired the G8 as the president of the European Council as the second woman to chair the G8 after Margaret Thatcher. In addition to her various titles, she topped Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” annually since 2006 to 2010.