January 26, 2017 4:00 PM
Hello! I'm Akihito Ikeda of the secretariat of the SEI Group CSR Foundation.
First, let me explain the aims of our foundation.
The SEI Group CSR Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose of realizing a social contribution appropriate for the Sumitomo Electric Group. This was based on the Sumitomo Electric Group Basic Policies on Social Contributions, which had been formulated to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the establishment of Sumitomo Electric. Our foundation has been certified as a public service corporation.
The foundation is mainly engaged in the following three activities: "monetary contributions to university courses" and "support for academic and research activities," both of which aim to provide support for academic and research efforts, and "granting scholarships" to support students studying in Japan and abroad.
Shanghai International Studies University
For granting scholarships, we provide financial support to students studying in Japan, as well as students in China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
In December last year, I visited China and attended our scholarship awarding ceremony together with staff members from Sumitomo Electric Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives from Soochow University and Shanghai International Studies University, as well as Wuhan University of Technology, whose students have been selected as new scholarship recipients.
Wuhan University of Technology
After delivering an address at the venue university with faculty members in attendance, I presented each of the scholarship recipients with a certificate of eligibility. Although the ceremony was held in a solemn atmosphere, many questions were asked by students in the Q&A session. I was surprised to find that they were very interested in the Sumitomo Electric Group.
In addition, I was very pleased to receive much appreciation for our scholarship program from students, with whom I seldom have opportunities to meet directly.
I truly look forward to seeing these scholarship recipients making an excellent contribution to society in the future.
For details on the foundation's activities, please visit the following page:
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