Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd.


Mitsui Educational Foundation

Mitsui Educational Foundation

Founded in 1971 by then Chairman and Managing Director of Mitsui & Co. Australia Mr Ken Ejiri AC, the Mitsui Educational Foundation (MEF) promotes mutual understanding and friendship between Australia and Japan.

Every year the foundation sponsors eight Australian university students to participate in a three-week study tour of Japan.

The students travel through Japan and take part in activities to learn about the country's history, business, industry, contemporary and traditional culture, and relationship with Australia.

Students are selected from 22 partner universities around Australia. Over the past four decades, more than 360 Australian students have visited Japan through this program.

Many of the MEF's past participants now hold senior roles in government and business, and play an important role in promoting ties between Australia and Japan.

The MEF Experience 

Participating universities

Each year the foundation selects eight universities to participate in its program. For 2019, Mitsui has selected:

  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of South Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Murdoch University
  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology

The universities will commence promotion during March through to May. To apply, please contact the relevant section at your university as nominated in the promotional posters / communication.

Program itinerary

The 2019 program will be held from 19 November to 10 December. Activities will include:

  • a briefing on Mitsui's business at our Tokyo headquarters
  • site visits to Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metals, Toyota Motors, Ozeki as well as Mitsui’s subsidiaries
  • a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan
  • an international politics class at Keio University in Tokyo
  • a chance to meet Japanese university students selected to work at Mitsui as graduates
  • a three-night homestay with a Japanese family in the city of Chigasaki
  • visits to places of historical and cultural significance in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima.

The MEF covers all transport, accommodation and activity costs.

Selection criteria

Mitsui looks for applicants who are:

  • outstanding ambassadors for their university, and who will excel as Australian representatives while in Japan
  • academically capable; however, high academic achievement is not compulsory
  • interested in learning about Japan and who would most benefit from this experience
  • full-time undergraduate students (second year or higher) from any faculty and campus in the university's state or territory
  • Australian citizens.


The MEF program is overseen by five trustees.

Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd trustees:

  • Mr Noboru Katsu, Chairman and CEO
  • Ms Wendy Holdenson, Director and COO

External trustees:

  • Mr Ian Williams, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Mr Hugh Morgan AC, CEO, First Charnock Pty Ltd. Formerly: CEO of Western Mining Corporation; President of the Business Council of Australia; President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee
  • Professor Ann Roberts, Professor in Physics, The University of Melbourne