Nikon Scholarship Program in Laos
With the establishment of Nikon Lao Co., Ltd. as a digital camera production base in Laos in 2013, the Nikon Group launched two scholarships in the country – the Nikon-EDFJapan Scholarship and the Nikon-JICA Scholarship in May 2014. Through these activities, Nikon Lao Co., Ltd. aims to proactively promote communication with the local community and build strong ties of trust between the local community and the Nikon Group. Today, many of those who have graduated from scholarship schools now work at Nikon Lao Co., Ltd. Nikon Group will continue to contribute to the development of the regional economy of Laos through business activities as well as aid the education of local children.
Nikon-EDF Japan Scholarship Program
In cooperation with EDF Japan, the Nikon-EDFJapan Scholarship supports the education of junior high school students from economically disadvantaged homes in Savannakhet Province where Nikon Lao Co., Ltd. is located.
In the year ended March 31, 2017, as well, the company supplied 100 scholarship students attending 25 junior high schools in the province with uniforms, classroom materials, and bags, etc.
In addition, working in cooperation with EDF Japan, Nikon Group aims to deliver educational support tools (books, school supplies, and sporting goods) to all junior high schools in Savannakhet Province. In the year ended March 31, 2017, educational tools were delivered to 75 schools in the province.
The Nikon JICA Scholarship, operated in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), provides funds to students at Savannakhet University, aiding the cultivation of talented individuals who will support Laos' future. In the year ended March 31, 2017, the third year of the program, scholarships were provided to 40 university students.
Gift from Nikon Project
The Nikon-JICA Scholarship and the Gift from Nikon project have been implemented since 2015. It is hoped that in addition to experiencing the joy and wonder of photography, the photographs taken with their friends will provide the scholarship students with encouragement. The photographs are framed in Laos and gifted to new scholarship students each year.