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Around the globe, Panasonic has established many foundations and scholarship programs to promote education, the development of global leaders, the advancement of science and technology as well as coexistence with the natural environment.
Panasonic Education Foundation (Japan)
Established in 1973, the Foundation aims to contribute to education through the promotion, research and development of audio visual and information technologies and materials. Currently, it provides grants to schools, teachers and professors for projects and related research aimed at utilizing audio visual and information technologies to enhance education; participates in and supports research activities; and holds training programs and seminars. In addition, the Foundation support for the "Comprehensive Forum on Japanese Society", which is held with the intention of making general suggestions towards creating a society that nourishes spiritual well-being.
The Japan Prize Foundation (Japan)
Inaugurated in 1983 with the support of Panasonic's founder- Konosuke Matsushita, the Foundation aims to promote the development and dissemination of science and technology by awarding the prestigious Japan Prize, holding seminars open to the general public on latest scientific and technological developments and providing research grants to young scientists. Referred to as Japan's Nobel Prize, the Japan Prize is presented annually to scientists and researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology as well as to the promotion of peace and the prosperity of mankind.
K. Matsushita Foundation of EXPO '90(Japan)
The Foundation was established in 1988 to help support the "The International Garden and Greenery Exposition '90," an international exposition held in Osaka to promote the harmonious coexistence between nature and mankind. In commemoration of the exposition, the Foundation continues to promote the concept of coexistence between nature and mankind by annually awarding the K. Matsushita Foundation of EXPO '90 Prize to individuals and organizations based in Japan that have made significant academic achievements and contributions in this area, and holding lectures on environmental themes for the public.
Ryozen Institution (Japan)
Established in October 1968, on the centennial anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, by Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita, the institution aims to preserve and maintain historical monuments and sites located in the Ryozen hill of graves, where participants in the Meiji Restoration movement are enshrined, as well as to pass on the spirit of the pioneers who built the foundation for a modern Japan to subsequent generations, especially young people.
To fulfill its mission, the institution established and currently manages the Ryozen Museum of History dedicated to the Meiji Restoration and the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and is promoting activities to help many visitors learn from the leading spirit of forerunners.
Panasonic Scholarship Fund (China)
To promote the advancement of higher education in China and the development of future scientists and technology specialists, Panasonic donated US$1 million to the China Friendship and Peace Fund to establish the scholarship program in June 1995. Scholarships are awarded annually to academically outstanding students who are enrolled at China universities and in need of financial assistance.
The Matsushita Gobel Education Foundation (Indonesia)
Established in 1979 by Thayeb M. Gobel, founder of the Panasonic Group in Indonesia, and Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Panasonic, the Foundation aims to contribute to the education and welfare of the Indonesian nation. The nonprofit organization offers training programs and workshops on engineering, manufacturing and business management to the general public and small and medium enterprises.
Panasonic Scholarship for Philippine Colleges and Universities (Philippines)
Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) initiated a scholarship program in 1993 . The main objective of the said program is to provide less privileged but promising students - selected from all over the country - the opportunity to complete college degrees and become dynamic assets in their respective communities.
Likewise, the program is one of the the Company's gestures of gratitude to its loyal customers in particular, and to the society that continues to support Panasonic, in general.
Panasonic Trust (UK)
The objective of the Panasonic Trust is to encourage and support the professional development and retraining of engineers in the UK. It achieves this objective by providing funding for individuals to study courses which are designed to develop or update their knowledge and skills in new or emerging technologies and the various fields of engineering, manufacturing, materials science, environmental technology and IT.
From its inception in November 1984, the Trust has supported 1600 engineers and provided supporting funds to the value of £1.4m.
Panasonic Foundation (USA)
In 1984, the foundation was established to help US public school systems serving high percentages of children in poverty improve learning for all students. Instead of awarding grants, the foundation forms long-term partnerships with public school districts and works together with the superintendent, school board, unions, teachers, administrators, parents and other parties involved to restructure education systems. Utilizing the ESSPAR Protocol - its signature evaluation tool for assessing progress on systemic education reform, the program includes seminars, consultations and workshops led by teams of the foundation's consultants.
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