We started the Honda Y-E-S Award program to foster future leaders of science and technology fields in 2006 as a part of the Honda Foundation's 30th anniversary project. In the future, we are planning to expand the program to countries where human development is really needed.
This system grants awards to students who have excelled in the area of science and technology and who continue to aspire to higher academic achievement. However, it is distinctive in that it is not restricted to tuition but may be used for a broad range of activities. Furthermore, the grant is awarded in two stages. Another very unique characteristic of the system is that its details are matched to the receiving country's needs and circumstances; it is set up to be flexible to each country's needs.
The program hopes to promote dissemination of ecotechnology among the young generations and at the same time to strengthen interaction and exchange between Japanese youths and young people expect to lead science, technology and industry in their respective countries.
Following the startup of the award program in Vietnam in 2006, in India in 2007, in Laos and Cambodia in 2008, in Myanmar in 2014, it was introduced in Bangladesh in 2019 to support the development and promotion of young leaders to spearhead the growth of these countries in the future. The program is aimed at the balanced and sound advancement of industry and of science and technology in all of these Southeast Asian countries.
Perspectives for the selection of countries
- Countries in the course of industrial development with strong expectations expressed by the country
- Strong need to disseminate the ecotechnology perspective among students
- Possibilities for human exchange and development with the Japanese academic and industrial sectors