Ewha Womans University Press (EWUP), the nation‘s first university press, was founded in 1949. Its mission has been the advancement of academic communities and enlightenment of Korean society by publishing scholarly writings of Korean professors and books for university students, and translating and publishing prominent writings by foreign scholars.
During its early years the EWUP had to focus mainly on publishing and distributing university textbooks. In the mid-1970s, however, it began in earnest to diversify its academic coverage and general cultural education offerings. By the 1990s the EWUP had firmly established itself as Korea? most prestigious university press in terms of both scope and quality of publications. So far EWUP has published more than 900 titles, of which 500 are currently available at bookstores across Korea.
Among the notable EWUP publications are "Ewha Academic Series" assisted by the Ewha Faculty Research Fund; "Korean Culture Series," "Ewha Research Series" and "Research Series on the Period of U.S. Military Rule" by the Korean Cultural Research Institute; "Collection of Historical Records on Korean Women" and "Series on Globalization and Women" by the Korean Women's Institute; "Ewha Series for Legal Science" by the Ewha Leal Science Institute; and "Social Welfare Research Series" by the Institute for Social Welfare Research. In general cultural education, EWUP is publishing the series "Ewha Library" and "Books Opening Tomorrow." It is also publishing an array of books for special target readership such as children and the disabled, gender psychology, women? studies and religious culture. Since 1995 it has published the Asian Journal of Women? Studies, an English quarterly for academic articles, to keep pace with the internationalization of academic activities.
In 2004 the EWUP launched Geulbit (Splendor of Writing), a popular category specializing in highbrow literary works. In 2006 it founded the Ewha Geulbit Literary Award for Ewha students aspiring to become novelists. At the same time, EWUP kicked off an ambitious five-year bilingual project to publish 100 books, 50 in Korean and 50 in English, to explore the origin and evolution of traditional Korean culture, dubbed "The Spirit of Korean Cultural Roots."
EWUP's editorial planning is guided by its Steering Committee. EWUP operates under an independent accounting system and observes pertinent regulations of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. It is a member of the Association of Korean University Presses, Korean Publishers Association and International Association of Scholarly Publishers.