ASIA:2016 Asia Panasonic Scholarship Award Ceremonies Held in Each Country
Award ceremonies for recipients of the Asia Panasonic Scholarship 2016 were held in seven countries, giving the scholarship to 97 students. The ceremonies began in Indonesia in July, and have been held in the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and Thailand. The award ceremonies were fully integrated into the countries, being attended by local government officials, university representatives, representatives of Japanese diplomatic and consular offices, and management of Panasonic Group companies.
The Asia Panasonic Scholarship is a scholarship system that has been active since FY2014. Its forerunner, the Panasonic Scholarship, gave aid to Asian students learning in Japan, whereas the Asia Panasonic Scholarship gives aid to students studying in universities in their own countries.
Regional headquarters and Panasonic sales companies in each country handle the operation of the scholarship, inclusive of advertising for applicants and selection, while the CSR & Citizenship Department supports the overall running and scholarship funds. The system is now in its third year, and is increasingly rooted in the local community with a rising number of recipients.
The ceremony was held on July 27, the date of the founding of the Panasonic Gobel Group, and scholarships were newly awarded to 11 students.
In the Philippines, vocational trainees were also able to gain the scholarship as well as undergraduate students. (August 9.)
Scholarships were newly awarded to 10 students. Panasonic Group companies in Taiwan created an overall CSR report for the first time this year. Report on the CSR report creation and scholarship student ceremony were combined in a press announcement. (August 27.)
Three engineering students were newly awarded the scholarships from University Technology Malaysia, said to be the highest engineering educational institution in Malaysia. (September 2.)
The scholarship was awarded to 30 Indian Institutes of Technology students nationwide. Executive Officer Manish Sharma and dignitaries of the Indian government attended the ceremony. (September 11.)
Scholarships were newly awarded to eight students in Vietnam. To encourage active participation by students, the ceremony also included the final winning announcement for an idea contest for students to improve Panasonic products. (November 9.)
Scholarships were newly awarded to 10 top engineering students from all over Thailand. (November 21.)