The Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation originated from a nonprofit educational institution founded by Fujitsu providing graduate level education. JAIMS was originally founded in 1972 in Hawaii, a place where Eastern and Western cultures meld with one another. The purpose of JAIMS was to foster mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. and cultivate human resources. Since its founding, JAIMS had more than 23,000 graduates from 55 different countries and received the Foreign Minister's Commendation in 2006. It had become highly regarded for its efforts to promote international exchange.
To strengthen ties with Asia, which has come to play an important role in global business in recent years, the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation was established in Japan in July 2012. In April 2013, JAIMS moved its headquarters functions to the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation and embarked on a new stage of activity. Under a unique structure, with multiple virtual campuses forming a network, the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation works with the Hawaii campus (JAIMS) and its Asian partners in a collaboration that is flexible and multi-dimensional to fulfill its mission of contributing to creating a future full of richness and vision through training personnel capable of creating new value for society (innovation) in the Asia-Pacific region.
One of the main programs offered by the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation is Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge, an international management program developed based on the vision of Dr. Ikujiro Nonaka (Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University), the global authority in knowledge creation theory. The goal of the program is to "nurture innovative leaders armed with a global perspective and local knowledge, so that they can create a virtuous future of their own accord." The participants study for 3.5 months in the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, the U.S. (Hawaii), Singapore, and Thailand) to nurture leadership capabilities, gain insights on how to capture the essence of situations at hand, exercise good judgment, and take action within a changing context. Not only can they refine their global sensitivity and knowledge, but also gain the perspective and ability to overcome obstacles to become leaders at the forefront of global business, through working hard in diverse cultural environment by competing with skilled participants mainly from East and Southeast Asia, as well as discussion with instructors who are preeminent authorities in their respective fields and experts in each country. A total of 190 participants from 17 countries such as Japan, the United States, and nations in the Asia-Pacific region have completed the program, which the Foundation has been offering twice a year since April 2013.
Fujitsu has contributed working capital and has an organization within the company that has been supporting Fujitsu-JAIMS' activities. In addition to comprehensive support of the Foundation, Fujitsu has been coordinating with Fujitsu-JAIMS by incorporating its own practical wisdom, ICT, and expertise into the Foundation's activities. Fujitsu has thus been pushing forward with its social contribution activities, furthering promotion of academic and educational fields as well as international exchange.
Fujitsu established the Fujitsu Scholarship Program in 1985 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding. The aim was to foster business leaders who, through their deep understanding of Japan's culture, society, and business methods, will connect Japan with the rest of the world. 542 people have received scholarships as of April 1, 2018.
Although this program was started to provide scholarships for studying Japanese-style business management, it now provides opportunities to participate in the Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation's program for business people in 18 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region.
Every year, Fujitsu receives many applications for its scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected based on criteria that include English language skills and work experience, as well as a desire to make a contribution to their home country. Through efforts that include joint-recruiting programs, Fujitsu is working with Fujitsu Group companies doing business in the Asia-Pacific region to provide scholarships to people considering helping their country or community, and contribute to society by providing education rooted in local communities worldwide, aimed at developing business leaders and promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding.
Fujitsu supports the Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan and the Japanese Committee for the International Olympiad in Informatics (the latter being a non-profit organization) to help discover and foster valuable human resources who will play leading roles in the future development of society. The Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan was established in 1991 in order to discover gifted mathematicians for selection and entry as national representatives in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and to further develop their skills. The foundation is also committed to helping improve and promote education in mathematics from an international perspective. Fujitsu provided the basic funds for the establishment of the Foundation along with two other companies and one individual.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Committee for the International Olympiad in Informatics was established in 2005 to train human resources in support of Japan's mathematics and information science sector. It provides support for participants of the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), a programming contest for junior and senior high school students.
As a supporting member, Fujitsu provides assistance in the committee's operation.
Through special corporate sponsorship, Fujitsu supports ProCon, the Japan technical college programming contest. We have established "Fujitsu Company Prize", and we provide Fujitsu PCs to the winner.
In FY 2017, the Fujitsu company prize was given to the National Institute of Technology, Anan College, which created a system that enables people who dislike exercise to easily enjoy curling in an indoor venue.
Fujitsu will continue to support the development of young ICT technicians.
Together with elementary school students, junior high school students, and high school students, Fujitsu seeks to create a future in which each person can challenge their dreams through learning. Approximately 20,000 elementary, junior high, and high school students from 150 schools throughout Japan participated in the Quest Education Virtual Business Course, an active learning education program for subjective and experience-based learning.
The program seeks to develop human resources who are subjective and creative. Students serve as corporate interns, working as teams to take on missions assigned by real corporations. As students feel, think, and express themselves, they recognize their own strengths and roles.
The mission proposed by Fujitsu for FY 2017 was "Propose new Fujitsu services that are essential for people to live with humanity in the future digital age!" Our company supported students as they worked earnestly to achieve this mission.
Through these activities, Fujitsu contributes to the development of human resources who are capable of problem-solving and who will serve as leaders in the coming generation.
Helping local and rural communities in South Africa to secure a better future for their children, Fujitsu is working with Sizwe Africa IT Group to develop self-sufficient classrooms equipped with Fujitsu technology. The "Edu-Smart Green Center" is a secure state-of-the-art computer-driven classroom facility where each unit is fully self-sufficient.
In South Africa, there are few schools or education opportunities in remote rural areas, meaning a large percentage of children aged five to six face enormous challenges in reaching their final national senior certificate (age fifteen to seventeen).
These solar powered shipping containers come with an intelligent interactive whiteboard touchscreen which the educator can use to complement additional learning materials. This truly sustainable solution can be built, delivered and fully functional within just 10 weeks. Through the application of technology and co-creation, Fujitsu is enabling a better future for the communities by helping improve the country's education and social and economic growth.
There are significant gaps in health, social and economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 'Reconciliation' is the name given to the efforts of Australian society to close these gaps and promote understanding.
Fujitsu's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines how we will create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Indigenous people) in our Australian operations. In 2016 Fujitsu Oceania formed a Diversity & Inclusion Council to improve and seek ways to build a more diverse workforce that represented the population of Australia. The RAP has been in development for more than two years, during the development we consulted with strategic customers as well as representatives from the local indigenous community and Reconciliation Australia. We have committed to include more Indigenous-owned businesses in our supply chain, and have already doubled the numbers of suppliers and increased the value of our spending by 17 times.
his is a significant milestone in our Diversity & Inclusion journey with our commitment to help shape a sustainable tomorrow, in which Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, can share an equitable prosperous and rewarding future.
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