Since 1996, Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Asia, Ltd. have hosted the Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) 14 times with the aim of nurture young leaders to bear the next generation of Japan and ASEAN countries.
The participants are university students and university graduates from seven ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar) and Japan.
Through a 4-day program consisting of a forum including speeches and panel discussions by key figures ,group discussions and community support activities, students recognize and share the social issues that ASEAN facing and discuss and propose resolutions.
Students create and present their proposals cooperatively through opinion exchange that goes beyond the nationality and culture of key figures and students from each participating nation. Hitachi is supporting the nurturing of next-generation leaders as required for the growth of ASEAN by providing students with such an opportunity.
Over 340 alumni are actively participating in various fields including international organizations, administrations, corporations and NPOs, and networks connected through HYLI are expanding with the holding of HYLI alumni meetings and report meetings in each participating nation. See more details (access the website of Hitachi in Singapore)
Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers
In South Africa, the training of young engineers is a large social issue. In fiscal 2009, Hitachi, Ltd. has established the Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers, with the South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to support the training of young engineers.
This program had invited three young engineers in the field of electric power to Japan every year until fiscal 2014, and had provided technical training with practical training at Hitachi's plants and visits to Japanese electric power companies.
Since fiscal 2015, six South African engineers in the field of the water processing have been invited to Japan. In order to deepen their understanding of Japanese and Hitachi's cutting-edge technology, technical training is provided at Hitachi's plants and related facilities together with visits to sewage plants over a two-month training period.
Before returning to South Africa, the engineers attend a training report event at Hitachi, Ltd. Head Office, where each engineer gives a presentation regarding how they plan to make use of the technologies and things they have learned in Japan after returning to their country.
The engineers are expected to apply the expertise they have gained from this training in order to support the construction of social infrastructure.