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During the month of November, NYK offered scholarships to 78 outstanding Chinese students in two universities in China. This was the 16th consecutive year for NYK to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the company???s dedicated support of maritime education.

On November 16, an awards ceremony was held at Dalian Maritime University (DMU), where 42 students were recognized for their academic excellence and fine demeanor. They were encouraged to develop themselves into socially responsible and intelligent young Chinese filled with an international vision. Those in attendance included Mr. Yuji Isoda, NYK corporate officer and chief representative for China, and Mr. Pan Xinxiang, vice president of DMU.

???I believe that mutual understanding and toleration are ultimate features of a quality education, and campus life in university is the best period to cultivate such a spirit,??? Mr. Isoda stressed at the ceremony. ???To enhance the neighborliness between Japan and China, youths like you are asked to take the lead in promoting mutual understanding through face-to-face communication, particularly in light of the historical and cultural links the two countries.???

Mr. Pan reviewed DMU???s cooperation with NYK and offered his sincere appreciation for NYK???s continuous 16-year devotion to maritime education.

Prior to DMU, another awards ceremony was held at Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) on November 8, where 36 students were given scholarships by Mr. Isoda. Mr. Shi Xin, vice president of SMU, expressed his appreciation and respect for NYK's long-term support, particularly during years when economies and the maritime industry were struggling.

Since 2001 when the NYK Group initiated this CSR program at SMU and DMU, 974 students have received dedicated scholarships from NYK. The NYK Group will continue to support maritime education to contribute to global trade and society.