Hwang Kyung Koh

Hwang Kyung Koh (also known by her pen name Bahrom meaning “to live right”) was the founder and first President of Seoul Women's University.[1][2][3]

Hwang Kyung Koh
NationalitySouth Korean
OccupationFounder and First President of Seoul Women’s University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo Hwanggyeong
McCune–ReischauerKo Hwangkyŏng
Pen name
Revised RomanizationBarom

Koh's father was a physician and professor at Severance Medical College (now the medical school of Yonsei University). She studied at Ewha Womans College and Doshisha Women's College in Japan before completing her doctorate at Michigan State University.

Koh established Seoul Women's University in 1961 to provide educational opportunities to the women of Korea.[4][5] SWU is known for an education program based on Dr. Koh's philosophies to foster global female leaders with the firm values of knowledge, integrity, and virtue.[6][7]


  1. ^ Cho, Yonjoo; McLean, Gary N. (2017-11-27). Korean Women in Leadership. Springer. ISBN 9783319642710.
  2. ^ "Exchange Programs for Seoul Women's University Students|Inbound Programs for International Students|International Exchange|Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts". www.dwc.doshisha.ac.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  3. ^ "Korea's Martha Berry". www.berry.edu. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  4. ^ "Seoul Women's University - How SWU was conceived". www.swu.ac.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ 한준상 (2000). 근대한국성인교육사상 (in Korean). 원미사. ISBN 9788986822748.
  6. ^ "Seoul Women's University - Bahrom Character Education". www.swu.ac.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  7. ^ "Seoul Women's University - BIP:Bahrom International Program". www.swu.ac.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-19.