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Release: September 13, 1999


NGK Foundation for International Students (Chairman of The Board: Masaharu Shibata) founded by NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (President: Masaharu Shibata, Head Office: Nagoya) had completed "NGK International House" and had an opening party on Monday, September 13, 1999. The party was held at NGK International House and approximately 60 people attended, including guests and other persons concerned.

As one of the projects commemorating NGK's 80th anniversary,the Foundation constructed "NGK International House" to offer comfortable residential accommodations to international students so that they can concentrate on studying and to promote international exchange between the community and international students.

Outline of NGK International House

* Location:
3-150-6, Omoteyama, Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya
(within the compound of NGK's Yagoto Dormitory)
* Building information:
3-story RC
* 1F
Public space
* 2&3F:
Private rooms (18m2 X 40)
* Floor space:
* Construction cost:
approx. 500 million yen
* Construction term:
November 9, 1998 - September 8, 1999
* Facility information:
Private room bed, desk, chair, bathroom, closet, air-conditioner, refrigerator, telephone
Public space dining room (shared kitchen with electromagnetic cookers), hall (85m2), study room, laundry, lounge(on every floor), lobby, bicycle stands
The air-conditioning system using ice thermal storage is employed in the public space.
* Capacity of residents:
40 single students
* Residential fee:
6,000 yen/month (utilities and food are not included)
* Residential term:
2 years (maximum)
* Start of occupancy:
September 25, 1999

Classification of accepted residents(as of opening)

* Gender: Male (28) (transferred from Yagoto Dormitory) Female (12) (newly accepted)
* Nationality:China(26), Korea(7), Taiwan(3), Vietnam(2), UK(Hong Kong)(1), Malaysia(1)

Since April 1997, when "EXCEL-01", the mid-term management plan, started, NGK has actively engaged in philanthropy focusing on supporting international students under "Corporate Citizenship", one of fundamental policies of EXCfL-01. To establish confidence among the peoples of the world, it is indispensable to mutually understand the culture and values of other countries. International student exchange is especially significant in that it promotes ambition and hope of the young people of the next generation, as well as providing an opportunity to deepen understanding and goodwill toward Japan. NGK has conducted business worldwide and the warm acceptance and the generous support rendered to us in each country are irreplaceable. Considering these situations, NGK established NGK Foundation for International Students in March 1998 to provide permanent support for international students as a part of public welfare. The Foundation has conducted activities to support international students studying at colleges in Aichi prefecture.

International Students Supporting Programs

  • NGK Scholarship Program
    The Foundation has granted scholarships to international
students studying in Aichi prefecture since April 1997.
(max. 20 students/year, 33 students/up to now)
  • Undergraduates: 120,000 yen/month
  • Graduates: 160,000 yen/month
  • Dormitory Accommodations Program
    The Foundation has provided rooms in NGK's Yagoto Dormitory to
international students at a low price since April 1997.
(max. 30 students/year, 48 students/up to now)
  • Home Stay Arrangement Program
    The Foundation has placed international students with NGK

employees' families who participated in this program since

September 1997.
(10 students/up to now)
  • Daily-life Assistance Program
    Volunteers among NGK's employees have helped international

students from various cultural backgrounds to adapt themselves

in Japanese life.
(approx. 60 volunteers/at present)

"NGK International House"

In addition to on-going international exchange between NGK employees and international students, NGK would like to encourage international exchange within the community by making NGK International House a center of cross-cultural communication. For instance, NGK is planning to promote international exchange between elementary/junior high school students and international students and also start language classes. Other activities will be occasionally considered. For the first international exchange, the Foundation will have a party as follows to celebrate the opening of NGK International House on Sunday, September 19, 1999 and will invite people in the community and the international students who will live in the House.

Date&Time: September 19 (Sun), 1999, 11:30 - 13:00PM
11:30 - 12:00 House Tour
12:00 - 13:00 Opening party
Place: NGK International House
Attendants: (approx. 70)
  • People affiliated with schools
    (school districts of Omoteyama, Youmei, Yatomi)
  • People affiliated with local administrations
    (Tenpaku ward office, Police station, Fire department, Mizuho ward office)
  • People affiliated with universities
  • International students (40 expected residents)

Pictures of NGK International House (Outside view, Private room, Study room, Dining room)

Outside view

Outside view

Private room

Private room

Study room

Study room

Dining room

Dining room

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