NPO work valuable for students: Ghosn

Working at nonprofit organizations can provide university students with valuable experience before they begin their careers, Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn said Thursday.

Ghosn outlined the benefits of NPO work during a ceremony in Tokyo for last year’s participants in the Nissan-NPO Learning Scholarship Program and those who will begin the new program later this month.

The automaker started the annual scholarship program in 1998 to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the chance to work as interns in nonprofit organizations, such as environment, welfare and international exchange groups.

This year, a total 147 students from 53 universities applied for 17 positions at NPOs selected by Nissan. The company pays the students’ wages.

The work at NPOs provides the students with hands-on experience, teaching them to take risks, work with others and realize their potential, Ghosn said.

Ghosn stressed the importance of “learning by doing.”

He said he did not learn about business management at management schools but through his work experience. He believes that youths’ social sensitivity is better fostered through activities than by reading books or taking courses.

The NPOs participating in the program include Sawayaka Welfare Foundation, Shapla Neer Citizens’ Committee in Japan for Overseas Support, Japan Platform, Kobe Foreigners Friendship Center and Japan Center for International Exchange.