We believe that education is important to nurture the potential of future generations. Through scholarships and various educational and library programs, we hope to make a difference by providing more opportunities to those who are eager to learn.

HITACHI MYANMAR LABORATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, YANGON (UIT)

Hitachi established Hitachi Myanmar Laboratory at the University of Information Technology, Yangon (UIT) to develop Myanmar's next generation of IT leaders.

In addition to sending engineers from Japan to offer IT courses for UIT professors and students, Hitachi will also donate the necessary IT platform such as servers for the courses. Since 2013, Hitachi has been offering training programs by companies, governments, and universities, inviting UIT professors chosen by the COE to Japan. The establishment of the laboratory is expected to accelerate development of IT personnel. For the next five years, Hitachi is planning to offer two-week courses for UIT professors and graduate school students four times a year as well as the necessary IT platform.

HITACHI UNIVERSAL DESIGN PROGRAM

The Hitachi Universal Design Educational Program was initiated to generate awareness and creative thinking among youth on the importance of user-friendly and eco-friendly product design.

Since its launch in 2011, employees of Hitachi Asia (Malaysia) have volunteered to visit primary and secondary schools across Malaysia. Employees spent about half a day in the school delivering lectures and facilitating interactive workshops to students.

The latest visit was held in SMK Victoria Kuala Lumpur in October 2014. This program was participated by 71 students who were mentored by 8 Hitachi Asia (Malaysia) volunteers.

Though this program, Hitachi aims to continue raising awareness among youth on the importance of Universal Design.

HITACHI LIBRARY PROJECT

The Hitachi Library Project was initiated to provide school books and educational materials to schools in need, especially those in the remote areas of Thailand, with the aim of improving the general knowledge of students.

Since the launch of the program in 1993, employees of Hitachi Asia (Thailand) have been volunteering to visit schools located in underprivileged areas.

For the Library Project in FY2015, Hitachi donated more than 4,600 books, worth more than 370,000 Baht, to 8 schools across Thailand provinces. With the help of volunteers from the Hitachi Scholarship Foundation Alumni, Hitachi has distributed essential stationaries such as notebooks, pens, pencils and rulers to the students.

As of March 2016, Hitachi volunteers have made a difference and improved the learning environment of 244 schools across Thailand.

HITACHI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Hitachi Scholarship Program was established in 1984 by Mr. Kenichiro Komai, Hitachi's third president, during a period of rapid national economic growth. Hitachi had started expanding in Asia region, but Komai felt that Hitachi should not simply proceed with such expansion on a unilateral basis. Instead, he thought that Japan should work together with other Asian countries for their joint development, in which the education of young Asians would be vital. In turn, this meant there was a need for top-flight educators and researchers. This need led him to launch the Hitachi Scholarship Program to help and support the education of university lecturers.

Through this foundation, Hitachi aims to support and improve the education of university lecturers, inviting promising university faculty members from South East Asian countries to study and conduct research in Japan. Hitachi group employees and their family also play a part by supporting these faculty members as host families.

HITACHI RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Through this program, Ph.D. holding faculty members are provided opportunities to enhance their academic credentials by visiting research collaborators in Japan to conduct research in the fields of science and technology at Japanese universities or research institutes. Since 1986, 180 members have participated in this program.

KOMAI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Under the auspice of late Mr. K. Komai, this program was started in 1989 to encourage academic interactions between Japan and the Southeast Asian countries in the field of social and cultural sciences. Through this program, specialized faculty members may conduct individual or joint research with their Japanese counterparts, on topics either wholly or substantially related to Japan. To date, we have 48 members in this fellowship program.