Since 1996, Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Asia Ltd. have been hosting a youth program, the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI), with the aim of nurturing Asia's future leaders. Participants, who are university students selected from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, get together to discuss and better understand local and global issues through the four-day program, which consists a forum, field activities and student workshops. They also have an opportunity to ask questions to esteemed speakers and panelists at the forum. Compiling their learnings and findings from the program, they make a presentation on the final day of the program on their proposals for better solutions of ASEAN's social challenges.
Over 370 alumni are successful in various fields including international organizations, governmental bodies, corporations and NPOs, and enjoy reunion events in each participating country and expand the HYLI networks. See more details (access the website of Hitachi in Singapore)
Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers
As nurturing young engineers is one of the social challenges in South Africa, Hitachi, Ltd. started "the Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers," in fiscal 2009 together with South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to provide South African engineers with a training opportunity in Japan.
Hitachi invited three young engineers in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution to Japan every year until fiscal 2014, and provided technical training at Hitachi's plants and site visits. From fiscal 2015 on, six South African engineers in the field of water treatment are invited to Japan annually to deepen their understanding of Japanese and Hitachi's cutting-edge technologies. Engineers participate in technical training at Hitachi's sites and visit water plants for about 90 days to two months. So far, a total of 37 South African engineers have come to Japan for the training since the program inauguration.
Before leaving Japan, program participants make a reporting presentation on how they utilize their learnings and experience of the training after returning to South Africa.
The engineers are expected to apply their expertise in Japan to contributing South Africa's further development of social infrastructure.