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During the month of November and December, NYK offered scholarships to 78 outstanding Chinese students at two maritime universities in China. This was the 17th consecutive year for NYK to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the company???s dedicated support of maritime education.

On November 13, 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 having international visions. Those in attendance included Hiroyasu Takaizumi, NYK chief representative for China, and Mr. Zhao Youtao, vice president of DMU.

???I believe that mutual understanding and tolerance are ultimate features of a quality education, and campus life in university is the best period to cultivate such a spirit,??? Mr. Takaizumi 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 between the two countries.???

Mr. Zhao expressed his appreciation and respect for NYK's long-term support, particularly during years when economies and the maritime industry were struggling.

On December 6, another awards ceremony was held at Shanghai Maritime University (SMU), where 36 students were given scholarships by Mr. Takaizumi. Mr. Shi Xin, vice president of SMU, reviewed SMU???s cooperation with NYK and offered his sincere appreciation for NYK???s continuous 17-year devotion to maritime education.

Earlier in the year, on October 25, Mr. Takaizumi had delivered a lecture in Japanese to the students at SMU. The lecture, titled ???The Past and Present of Shipping industry in Japan,??? provided a comprehensive, vivid introduction to the industry and attracted around 50 students.

Since 2001, when the NYK Group initiated this CSR program, NYK has awarded dedicated scholarships to 1,052 students at DMU and SMU. The NYK Group will continue to support maritime education to contribute to global trade and society.