2019 "Hitachi-DST Scholarship Program for South African Engineers"
September to November, 2019
On November 7, 2019, this year's six participants of the Hitachi-DST* Scholarship Program for South African Engineers made a presentation on their learnings of the one-month-and-a-half training in Japan upon completion. At the presentation session, each of the engineers not only shared South Africa's current water challenges, such as water scarcity and non-revenue water, and their proposals of how Japanese technologies could be better installed in South Africa but also committed to broadly share their training experience as a leader back home. The reporting session drew about 15 attendees from the South African Embassy in Japan and Hitachi's relevant divisions, and they encouraged the engineers to be a bridge between the two countries as well as contribute to South Africa's further development in water treatment.
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 with a training opportunity in Japan. So far, 43 South African engineers have participated in and completed the training. During the training, engineers have a chance to visit public water facilities as well as Hitachi's factories to learn about Japan's water management and Hitachi's latest technologies.
This schoalrship program is carried out with the support of the training system of the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships, AOTS, which is a subsidized project of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industory.
*DST: Department of Science and Technology
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