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SDK Starts International Exchange Program with Three Chinese Universities

Showa Denko K.K.
July 15, 2016

In this July, Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004) has started an international exchange program in Japan with three Chinese universities, namely Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning Province, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang Province, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Municipality.

SDK established a scholarship* at these three Chinese universities in 2007 in order to deepen SDK’s friendly relations with these universities and encourage scientific education. Under this scheme, SDK awarded the scholarship every year to a total of around 40 students studying at master courses in chemistry, material science, mechanical engineering, electronics, and electrical engineering. This time, taking the recent development of international education programs in China into consideration, SDK has expanded the scheme to an international exchange program accompanied with a scholarship, aiming to give the students opportunities to better understand Japan and the chemical industry.

Under the new scheme, SDK and each university jointly screen applicants for the program, and implement five-day intensive training program in Japan for scholarship students. The training program includes visits to SDK’s offices and plants, universities, research institutions, and mingling with Chinese students studying in Japan and employees of the Showa Denko Group. Thus the program gives participating students opportunities to feel Japan and the chemical industry close to themselves. In 2016, which is the first year of the new international exchange program, a total of 19 students of the three Chinese universities visited Japan, and participated in the training program held from 10 to 14 of this July.

SDK has been cooperating with these three universities, employing their new graduates, commissioning research, and sending SDK employees to study there. SDK will continue close cooperation with them as part of its R&D efforts, and contribute to human resource development in China.

*SDK’s news release on June 15, 2007, “SDK Sets Up Scholarship at Three Chinese Universities”

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