Sponsored Lectures Bearing the Company Name Offered in China and Vietnam

Inviting prominent Japanese top executives to lecture at leading university in China with the aim of helping students gain a better understanding of Japanese corporations and business management.

In 2006, Sumitomo Corporation concluded a memorandum of understanding on joint research with Tsinghua University in Beijing, under which we invite Japan’s prominent top executives to the university twice a year to deliver a lecture for students shouldering the future of China. The lectures are on themes associated with leadership in the global society and corporate management. Each lecture attracts around 200 attendees including professors, government officials, and students from other nearby universities, as well as Tsinghua University students, and is always concluded with a heated Q&A session. The joint research program is highly regarded by Tsinghua University, and both the Company and the university have agreed to continue with this initiative into the future.

The famous Old Gate, which was constructed in 1909 and has been a witness of Tsinghua University’s history.

Past lectures sponsored by Sumitomo Corporation at Tsinghua University

lecturer Official position (at that time) Lecture Theme Date
Mr. Motoyuki Oka Chairman, Sumitomo Corporation Leadership Demonstrated by Global Corporations 11/6/2007
Mr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa Chairman, Dowa Holdings Co., Ltd. Corporate Reform and Leadership 4/26/2008
Mr. Masahiro Sakane Chairman, Komatsu Ltd. Komatsu's Management Structure Reform 11/10/2008
Mr. Koichi Ikeda Chairman, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Efforts to Enhance Corporate Value 4/23/2009
Mr. Tadaharu Ohashi Chairman, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Technological Innovation as the Key to Survive in the New Era for Resources, Energy and the Environment 11/5/2009
Mr. Akio Mimura Chairman, NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION Corporate Reform and its Cornerstone 4/15/2010
Mr. Shoichiro Suzuki Chairman, OJI PAPER CO., LTD. Reform at Oji Paper—Sustainable Development Achieved by a Long-established Corporation 11/11/2010
Mr. Susumu Kato President, Sumitomo Corporation Leadership for Managing an Integrated Trading Company in Drastic Global Economic Changes 4/14/2011
Mr. Masayuki Oku Chairman, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Economic/Financial Environment 11/22/2011
Mr. Hiromichi Iwasa Chairman, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. Value Creation and Leadership: My Way of Managing a Corporation 4/11/2012
Mr. Motoyuki Oka Senior Adviser, Sumitomo Corporation What Constitutes a Good Organization 4/8/2013
Mr. Keiichi Okamoto President, Nikken Sekkei Ltd. As a World-leading Architectural Design Firm 10/24/2013
Mr. Atsutoshi Nishida Chairman, Toshiba Corporation Leadership and Human Resources Development in the Age of Globalization 4/17/2014
Mr. Fujio Cho Honorary Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation Building a Strong Foundation Based on Collaborations among the Three Pillars of Management 9/25/2014
Mr. Yuji Ohashi Corporate Counselor, ANA Holdings Inc. Vision Upheld by Top Executive; Global Talent ANA Seeks for 4/16/2015
Mr. Yasuchika Hasegawa Chairman, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Takeda Pharmaceutical's Globalization and Organizational Reform 11/25/2015
Mr. Noriyuki Inoue Chairman, Daikin Industries, Ltd. Essence of Daikin's Organizational Reform 4/20/2016
Mr. Shinzo Maeda Senior Adviser, Shiseido Company Shiseido's Mission and Organizational Measures for Embodying It 10/17/2016
Mr. Takeo Higuchi Chairman, Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. Thinking Well Ahead for Preemptive Management: Learning from Nobuo Ishibashi, the Founder of Daiwa House Industry 4/18/2017
Mr. Nobuhiro Endo Chairman, NEC Corporation Corporate Values and Roles 11/15/2017
Mr. Kuniharu Nakamura Chairman, Sumitomo Corporation What is sustainable corporate management? 9/20/2018
Mr. Takahisa Takahara President, Unicharm Corporation Sustainable management envisioned by Unicharm Corporation 4/25/2019
Mr. Kenichiro Yamanishi Executive Corporate Adviser, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Aiming for sustainable management; strengthening the adaptability 7/11/2019

Lectures have been suspended since April 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.