Education for Young People
Watch Assembly Class (Japan)
Seiko Epson traces its roots to Daiwa Kogyo, a watch factory. Over the decades, we have developed world-class watch manufacturing technology and have master watchmakers (human capital).
Every year, we conduct 15 hands-on watch assembly workshops for sixth-graders in Suwa, the city in Nagano prefecture where Seiko Epson's Head Office is located. The workshops allow the children to experience the fun of producing a product. In FY2019, a total of 428 students participated in the workshops. Skilled watchmakers from Seiko Epson taught the children how to assemble part of a watch movement, mount the hour, minute, and second hands, and complete a watch so that it actually starts running. The children enjoyed assembling their own one-of-a-kind watch by drawing their own dial pattern with their favorite colors, which gave them a sense of accomplishment and deepened their knowledge about a local industry.
Environmental Education (China)
In October 2019, Tianjin Epson Co., Ltd. collaborated with the Tianjin Society for the Promotion of Ecological Ethics and Tianjin Nankai Ecology and Environment Bureau to educate 360 first-year middle school students about everyday garbage separation and recycling.
Our employees introduced them to the PaperLab A-8000, a dry process office papermaking system that recycles used paper into new paper. We also shared the know-how on garbage separation and recycling that Epson has accumulated over many years with the children to raise awareness about environmental preservation.
The private educational foundation Epson International Scholarship Foundation (Japan)
The Epson International Scholarship Foundation provides funding for exceptional students from abroad who wish to study in Japan and to students from Japan who wish to study abroad. In August 2019, 15 scholarship students visited the Seiko Epson Head Office and the Toyoshina Plant. With a tour through the Manufacturing Museum and lectures on products such as our projectors and smart glasses, they deepened their understanding of Epson.
Super Science High School Support (Japan)
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology runs a program that emphasizes education in mathematics and the sciences, and it has designated certain schools around the country as Super Science High Schools. The objective is to raise future scientists and engineers. Epson is cooperating in various ways, including by sending employees to teach and lecture, by opening its facilities to students, and by providing equipment and materials for experiments and production.
In 2018, 10th and 11th graders from Suwa Seiryo High School in Nagano prefecture visited Seiko Epson’s Material Analysis & Research Center for practical training in the use of a scanning electron microscope and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. They observed the surface features of insects, fibers, and other samples under approximately 30,000X magnification and performed elemental analyses on the samples they brought.
Children’s Book Donations (India)
Epson India Pvt. Ltd. (EPIL) believes in the importance of childhood education and has an assistance program that focuses on underprivileged children. Over the past several years, EPIL has been distributing books and notebooks to public schools that serve underprivileged children primarily in the states of Karnataka, in southwest India where EPIL is located, and in the western state of Maharashtra. The number of recipient schools has been increasing by the year.
Teachers say that the assistance Epson is providing is playing an important role in improving the lives of children. This assistance makes it possible to improve the quality of lessons and is encouraging more children to stay in school. The children are absolutely thrilled to have their own books and notebooks that they can use in school to help them learn.
Epson Information Science Vocational School (Japan)
Our society is increasingly built around information. To meet the needs of changing times, we established the Epson Information Science Vocational School in 1989. Its purpose is to develop technical personnel who are trusted by the community and can make wide-ranging contributions to society. The school had 2,699 graduates as of March 2019.
Most of the instructors are engineers and developers who have corporate experience, including at Epson. Classes are designed to ensure that students acquire technical skills they can put to practical use on the job. As a result of the school’s efforts, at least 95% of the students in each graduating class over the 29 years since the school first opened its doors have received informal employment offers before graduation.
Students have their choice of three disciplines: Information Systems, Information and Electronic Systems, and Information Business. The school is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Moreover, MEXT recognizes all three disciplines as Professional Post-Secondary Courses*1. A special class has also been set up to enable the top students to join Epson on school recommendation after graduation.
*1 Courses recognized by MEXT have a curriculum designed to impart the latest practical skills and knowledge through close cooperation with enterprise and systematically seek to ensure the quality of more practical vocational training.