From the 3.5 percent tuition cut to the new Student Government Association presidential election, Ewha has undergone countless events, accomplishments and changes in the year of 2012. With the year closely ending its chapter, the Ewha Voice has asked and evaluated what students believe to be the most significant news of the year.
After collecting campus news reported in 2012, the Ewha Voice narrowed the list down to 15 topics that held the most direct relevance to students. From Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 738 responses were gathered. The survey was posted throughout campus in 10 places: the Ewha Campus Complex, Ewha-POSCO Building, Ewha Womans University Library, Human Ecology Building, Ewha-Shinsegae Building, Hak-gwan, and Student Union Building. Based on the results, the Ewha Voice recaps the five most significant events.
With 235 responses placed under this category, the 3.5 percent tuition cut has been selected as the most significant news of the year.
On Feb. 2, Ewha announced a 3.5 percent tuition cut for undergraduate and graduate students. This was the first time tuition fluctuated after it was frozen from 2009 to 2011.
The tuition cut resulted in the decrease of Ewha budget by around 4.6 billion won.
However, students are still raising their voices, asking for further decrease in the tuition.
“Though the initiation of tuition cut was a welcomed change, financial burdens still remain,” said a student who wishes to remain anonymous. “I am still working two part-time jobs to pay for my tuition.”
Woori Ewha, the 44th Student Government Association (SGA), announced that it will negotiate with the school on cutting tuition by 12 percent starting from December of 2012.
* Reporters: Oh Yoon & Park Se-ra & Chung Yoon-young & Ko Min-seok