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One common social issue faced by developed countries is that many children have few opportunities to develop an interest in science, making it difficult to nurture human resources with a background in science. The loss of interest in science among children and students leads to difficulties for corporations in securing personnel to conduct R&D and to reduced corporate competitiveness. This issue has the potential to impede and delay the development of science and technology for society as a whole. The United Nations SDGs are a common priority for the international community. Goal 4 of the SDGs is "Quality Education." This goal calls upon the international community to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Our basic principle is "value creation through high-tech solutions," and the Group, which has a business foundation of science and technology, will contribute to professional education and the development of society by conducting science education leveraging our technology and products such as physical and chemical apparatus.
We conduct activities to support science education, using Hitachi High-Tech Group’s own tabletop electron microscopes. We support a range of educational events, such as special lessons for elementary and junior high schools as well as displays at science museums and exhibitions, with the aim of stimulating children’s interest in science and technology through the experience of observing familiar specimens on a microscopic scale and contributing to resolution of issues in the school education field such as the “loss of interest in science.“ In addition to educational outreach sessions in which we bring equipment directly into the classroom, we are also devoting resources to online science education support activities such as outreach sessions with the tabletop electron microscope that makes use of remote functionality.
These activities are being carried out at Group companies both in Japan and overseas.
Hitachi High-Tech Support on the other hand provides support for science education at special needs schools and during the 2020 school year remotely conducted outreach classes at Toritsu Mizumotokoai Gakuen. The second half of the classes is used for presentations on the content of their work by graduates of the schools who have been hired by Hitachi High-Tech Support as a way to stimulate exchange with students, and other such activities.
Overseas, Hitachi High-Tech America is partnering with distributors in North America, South America, Canada, and Australia to enhance activities. Also, group companies in Asia and the ASEAN region conducted on-site classes at local Japanese schools in mainland China, while national staff used remote functionality to conduct onsite classes at local elementary and lower secondary schools in Taiwan and Singapore. In addition, we held outreach education events at local elementary and lower secondary schools in Moscow using remote functionality.
Looking ahead, we will build cooperative ties with various relevant organizations and strategically implement our programs as we look to firmly establish our activities in all regions. Thereby contributing to the development of the next generation of scientific researchers.
Educational outreach class held at Shan-Jia Elementary School in Miaoli County, Taiwan
Remote educational outreach class held at private combined elementary, junior high, and high school "Moomintrol School" in Moscow, Russia