Education for Young People
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.
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. Epson supports the activities of this foundation to promote education, academic research, and culture, and to contribute to the development of local communities. In August 2018, we invited scholarship students to visit the Seiko Epson Head Office and Shiojiri Plant to tour the company’s Manufacturing Museum and observe the luxury wristwatch manufacturing process.
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.