April 5, 2016
Sumitomo Corporation launched the Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship for Exchange Students in fiscal 2015 to support Chinese exchange students studying at Japanese universities. The first eight scholarship recipients, who had been in Japan for about six months, participated in an eight-day training program (February 17-24) conducted at the headquarters.
On the first day of training, the participants heard presentations on the background and business scope of general trading companies and then met personally with the company’s president Kuniharu Nakamura. President Nakamura told the participants: “I think the most important factor in doing business is mutual understanding, and this scholarship program was created to assist students studying in Japan and deepen mutual understanding between our countries. I hope that you will make the most of your stay in Japan to learn a great deal and to make friends.”
A wide variety of programs were offered during the eight days of training, including a one-night stay at an employee’s home, tours of J:COM Shonan studio and other Sumitomo Corporation Group companies, a visit to areas in the Kansai region associated with the Sumitomo family, and experience of a Noh drama and a tea ceremony. Among the impressions heard from the participating students were “Everything I did was a first for me, and I found it extremely stimulating” and “The program deepened my understanding of Japan, and at the same time prompted me to think about my own future.”
Sumitomo Corporation regards educational support for next-generation human resources as a priority in its social contribution activities, and 2015 marked the 20th year of its commitment ongoing since 1996 to offer Sumitomo Corporation Scholarships at universities throughout Asia. Believing it important to deepen private-sector exchange between Japan and China and build the foundations for friendship, the company created this new scholarship program for Chinese students with the aim of fostering global leaders. Assistance is to be provided to about 10 exchange students from China each year.
A friendly atmosphere pervaded the meeting, with participants introducing themselves, describing their majors and sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Courtesy call to Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (front row center), who offered the following words of encouragement: “Please learn things that will prove useful in achieving the ‘Chinese Dream’ and enable you to contribute to our country’s future development.”