Human Resource Development with an International Perspective
Australia: Study Program Supported by Mitsui Educational Foundation
In 1971, Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd. established the Mitsui Educational Foundation with the aim of bringing about greater mutual understanding and friendship among Japanese and Australian youth, while contributing to stronger ties between the two nations. Every year, the foundation selects 8 to 10 students from universities across Australia to send on a three-week study tour of Japan. The young visitors to Japan have shown a keen interest in learning about a wide range of topics and have been given opportunities while in Japan to visit universities and other educational facilities, companies, factories, and sites that play a significant role in Japan's history and culture. The foundation also offers other opportunities for the participants to learn more about Japan, including placements with homestay families where the students are able to experience Japanese lifestyles firsthand, and chances for them to spend two days with university students who are bound for careers at Mitsui. As of 2017, the Mitsui Educational Foundation program has welcomed 361 students to Japan over the 45 years since it was first established. The foundation will continue to make it possible for students from Australia to gain a better understanding of Japan so that they may forge connections between Japan and Australia for years to come.