Mitsubishi Corporation, celebrated 60 years since its inception in Kenya in 1959 and 10 years since they began supporting bright and needy students from the University of Nairobi. The celebrations were held at the Vice Chancellors Parlour on October 22, 2019.
Speaking during the celebrations, Mitsubishi Corporation Regional CEO, Yasuhiro, Doida, said that the key issue of any business is not to make money, but to have a significant contribution to the society. With over 90 branches across the globe, Mitsubithi Corporation have contributed immensely towards the betterment of life of many people and more so towards scholarship contribution of bright and needy students in the institutions of higher learning. “When your life becomes successful, that is when the scholarship was useful. We need you to succeed in life,“he said.
Over the last 10 years, Mitsubishi Corporation has supported 126 students from various faculties, majority being from the Department of Geography. Other faculties supported are Bachelor of Education (Geography) and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science).
University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche thanked Mitsubishi Corporation for renewing the MoU that will be key in helping students further their careers. Beneficiaries received sixty thousand shillings which did not only go towards supporting their academic endevours but also supporting their families. “In the last 10 years, 8.7M have been given to 126 students. This celebration is for stock taking. Students, I urge you to continue being good ambassadors of the environment. Let environmental issues be part of your DNA. You could be the change we are looking for as we experience the diverse effects of climate change”, he said. Prof. Mbeche was represented by Prof. Julius Ogeng’o, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs.
Prof. Ogeng’o on his part, urged the beneficiaries to be successful in life, achieve their full potential and support other needy students even as they continuously support environmental sustainability.
Two alumni students who were given an opportunity to speak, thanked the Mitsubishi Corporation for their sponsorship, which enabled them to successfully finish their university education and get jobs. They are now experts in environmental conservation and sustainability champions.
Earlier on, Dr. Boniface Wambua Nzuve Chairman, Department of Geography, requested the management of Mitsubishi Corporation to consider expanding their sponsorship to include research in environmental conservation and climate change.