The finals of the 2021 CSCLF Toyota Scholarship Student Innovation Project Competition were held at the China Soong Ching Ling Science and Culture Center for Young People on Dec. 28, 2021. Nearly 100 teachers and students from 26 colleges and universities across the country shared innovation projects via video link. The projects tackled issues concerning environmental protection, school safety and recycling.
Judges pose for a photo.
Liu Ying, vice director of the Department of Fund of CSCLF, said that since its establishment, the foundation has been committed to promoting youth development. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the CSCLF Toyota Scholarship, a joint effort between the foundation and Toyota aimed at helping students through financial assistance and public welfare initiatives such as student innovation activities and exchanges between Chinese and Japanese youth. Over the past decade and a half, the practice has yielded significant social benefits.
Keisuke Sato, project manager for Toyota Motor China Investment Co., Ltd., said that given the impact of COVID-19, it was a precious opportunity to hold the finals online. The scholarship is one of three important social programs that Toyota Motor (China) contributes to. The scholarship not only provides financial assistance to students pursuing higher education degrees but also encourages them to put their innovative ideas into practice and explore solutions centered around issues of environmental protection and safety.
During the finals, participating teams presented their projects and gave oral defense online, as a panel of judges from five key universities in Beijing made their decisions.
Participants give oral defenses online while judges offer comments and suggestions.
The competition is a great way of enhancing the students' innovative spirit and improving their sense of collaboration and responsibility. The entries were also put to an online vote, which brought students closer to their social development goals.
The results of the competition will be released on the CSCLF website.
In 2006, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Toyota Motor China Investment Co., Ltd. jointly established the CSCLF Toyota Scholarship. To date, a total of 87.3 million yuan has been donated through the program, supporting 2,980 students' college goals in the central and western regions.
Throughout its 15 year history, the CSCLF Toyota Scholarship has not only provided financial assistance but also launched numerous exchange activities to help students expand their horizons and participate in society, with the goal of helping students grow from "recipients," and "those who help themselves" to "those who help others." Likewise, since 2015, the CSCLF Toyota Scholarship has focused on the developmental needs of assisted students. It planned and launched innovation activities that encourage students to follow the development of society, serve society and enhance their sense of responsibility and innovation in practice while improving their abilities to work as a team, identify problems and solve them.
(Source: Department of Fund, CSCLF)