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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.
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. In October 2019, Kyushu University established the "Kyocera Professorship.” Two professors from the Inamori Frontier Research Center were appointed and are currently conducting cutting-edge research.
Inamori Academy Building at Kagoshima University
In 2000, Kyocera endowed the Chair of Management Studies in the Faculty of Engineering at Kagoshima University (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan). In 2005, the Inamori Academy of Management and Technology was founded, which later reorganized and merged into the Inamori Academy in 2008. In 2008, the Inamori Academy building opened to offer a course targeting the comprehensive development of human potential. Kyocera supported the construction of the facility.
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, since 1984 Kyocera has given endowments to the engineering divisions 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. Kyocera regularly holds research exchange meetings with Professor Kyocera to promote open innovation.
The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics
The Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics was inaugurated in 1998 at the global headquarters building in Kyoto. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum showcases the evolution and latest technological advances around which Kyocera has grown, and serves to support the future development of fine ceramics. Located adjacent to the showroom, it receives many visitors every year.
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.
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