Academic Advancement and Research

 Supporting the Inamori Foundation’s Kyoto Prize
The non-profit Inamori Foundation was established in 1984, based upon the belief of Kyocera’s founder Kazuo Inamori, that “a human being has no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humanity and the world,” and that “the future of humanity can be assured only when there is a balance between scientific development and the enrichment of the human spirit.” The Kyoto Prize, organized by the Foundation, was established in 1985. It celebrates its 33rd anniversary in 2017 as an international award that honors people who have made significant contributions in the three categories of Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Each laureate receives a diploma, Kyoto Prize medal and prize money of 100 million yen per category.

Following the Kyoto Prize presentation ceremony each November, events are held to encourage the public's interaction with the laureates, including commemorative lectures for the general public where the laureates present their research and world view. Academic workshops involving experts in the chosen award fields, and educational programs for students from elementary school to university level are also held. A Kyoto Prize Symposium for local university students and the general public has been held in San Diego (U.S.A.) since 2001, and in 2017, a Kyoto Prize Symposium was held for the first time at Oxford University (U.K.).

The Kyocera Group is fully aligned with the spirit of the Kyoto Prize and is pleased to support this award.
photo:The 2017 Kyoto Prize laureates

The 2017 Kyoto Prize laureates
photo:The Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony

The Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony
photo:Kyoto Prize Symposium held in San Diego (U.S.A.)(©Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Kyoto Prize Symposium held in San Diego (U.S.A.)
(©Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)
photo:Kyoto Prize at Oxford (©John Cairns)

Symposium "Kyoto Prize at Oxford" (U.K.)
(©John Cairns)

Inamori Foundation External Sites

 Inamori Frontier Research Center at Kyushu University
The Inamori Frontier Research Center was established at Kyushu University (Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) to undertake research activities contributing to the harmony of minds and technology, and to support the education of young researchers. Kyocera agrees with the goals of the Center, and has supported its operations since 2008 by donating scholarship funds. Photo: Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall housing the Inamori Frontier Research Center

Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall housing the Inamori Frontier Research Center

 Inamori Academy Building at Kagoshima University
In 2008, the Inamori Academy building opened at Kagoshima University (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) to offer a course targeting the comprehensive development of human potential. Kyocera supported the construction of the facility. In 2000, Kyocera endowed the Chair of Management Studies in the Faculty of Engineering. In 2005, the Inamori Academy of Management and Technology was founded, which later reorganized and merged into the Inamori Academy in 2008. Photo: Inamori Academy building

Inamori Academy building

 Research Support at Four U.S. Universities
In gratitude for many years of collaboration with the American electronics industry, and based on a desire to ensure the industry’s continued development, Kyocera has given endowments to the engineering departments of Alfred University, Case Western Reserve University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington. These endowments support the research activities of appointed Kyocera Professors as well as the enrollment of overseas students and researchers at each institution. Photo: Research exchange meeting by Kyocera Professors

Kyocera Professors meet to exchange research ideas

 The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics
The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics was inaugurated at 1998 at the global headquarters building in Kyoto, followed by a sister museum in the company’s Kagoshima Kokubu Plant, which opened in 2001. Open to the public and free of charge, the museums showcase the evolution and latest technological advances around which Kyocera has grown, and serve to support the future development of fine ceramics. The museum in Kyoto was completely renovated in March 2014, and receives more than 20,000 visitors every year.

The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics External Sites
Photo: The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics

The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics

 Donation of the Kyocera Collection of British Parliamentary Papers
In 1998, Kyocera donated to Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology more than 12,000 volumes of documents that had been submitted to the British parliament in the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection was transferred to the Center for Integrated Area Studies (CIAS) at Kyoto University in 2006 and is utilized as a resource for research. Photo: Kyocera Collection of British Parliamentary Papers
Photo: Kyocera Collection of British Parliamentary Papers
Kyocera Collection of British Parliamentary Papers

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