The Nikon Group is actively involved in educating the next generation and supporting academic research. We will continuously communicate with related people so that we can not only support them but also grow with them.
Nikon Chair of Imaging Science in Tokyo University
Nikon contributed to establish the Nikon Chair of Imaging Science in the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo in April 2012. This department aims to evolve and advance Japan's optics technologies in a sustainable manner by nurturing excellent human resources who will lead the next generation of optical industry. Hiroshi Ohki, Senior Vice President and Director of Nikon Corporation, serves as the Project Professor.
Supporting Overseas Study for Japanese Students
Nikon Group participates in the Global Human Resource Development Community, which is led by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology and the Japan Student Services Organization, an independent administrative institution, as a public-private effort. We support the community's overseas study support program, Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative. The program aims to send about 10,000 high school and university students abroad over seven years to 2020.
As a member of the Global Human Resource Development Community, Nikon Group supports the program by donating money for overseas study assistance and assists the community's personnel division in application screenings and oral examinations.
Training Programs for Educators at Private Companies
Since the year ending March 2008, Nikon has supported the Training Programs for Educators at Private Companies which is sponsored by the Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) to communicate to educational communities.
Primary and junior high school teachers are invited every year to tour Nikon plants and participate in a class on digital SLR cameras so that they can use the knowledge gained to improve their classes and school management.
Providing Career Experience and Plant Tours
For development of future generations in local communities, Nikon plants and group companies provide opportunities for neighborhood schools to engage in activities such as plant tours, career experience and internship.
In the year ending March 2016, Sagamihara Plant welcomed a total of 79 junior high and high school students. Sendai Nikon Corporation welcomed four junior high school students for career experience, a total of three technical college and university students for internship while Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. welcomed two high school students for internship.
Supporting SEMI High Tech U
Every year since 2005, Nikon Precision Inc. and Nikon Research Corporation of America have supported SEMI High Tech U, a career exploration program for high school students hosted by the SEMI Foundation.
The program provides intensive three/four day hands-on activities of high-tech fields every year. In the year ending March 2016, three Nikon employees supported the activities.
Supporting Education in India
In February 2016, Nikon India Private Limited, in cooperation with Deepalaya Foundation, donated two school buses to two schools in rural areas. These buses will be used for students who are generally deprived of opportunities to attend school, due to a lack of safe transportation. Nikon India also donated water purifiers and installed them to provide safe drinking water. In March 2016, Nikon India donated 1,400 writing desks and 17 water purifiers to schools in East Delhi.
I Am Talented 2016
In March 2016, Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. participated in the I Am Talented program by holding a workshop. The program was hosted by the Central Singapore Community Development Council. The program aims to provide youths in Singapore opportunities to develop their ability in a non-academic field and to explore their potential. This was the third time for Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. to participate in the program. Nikon's workshop focused on production of 30-second video clips with trainers from the Nikon School and 10 Nikon employees.