2018 "Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers"
September to November, 2018
On November 20, 2018, upon completing the two-month training in Japan, this year's six participants of the Hitachi-DST*1 Scholarship Program for South African Engineers made a presentation to report their learnings of the training. Every one of the participants shared how they could put their learnings and experiences in Japan to better use back home to tackle South Africa's water-related social issues, including, water scarcity, leakage and aging equipment. All the six participants also expressed their determination of sharing the learnings widely and becoming a leader back in their municipalities and public corporations. The reporting session drew more than 20 attendees from the South African Embassy in Japan and Hitachi Group, and they encouraged the participants to be a bridge between South Africa and Japan, and also take a leading role for further development of South Africa's infrastructure.
Collaboratively inaugurated in 2009 by Hitachi, Ltd. and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology, the Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers has since been providing South African engineers in the water treatment field with a training opportunity in Japan. Fiscal 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the program and 37 enthusiastic engineers have participated and completed the training so far. During the training, engineers have a chance to visit public water facilities as well as Hitachi's factories and relevant sites to learn about Japan's water management and Hitachi's latest technologies.
*1DST: Department of Science and Technology
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