Award ceremonies for recipients of the Panasonic Scholarship Asia 2016 were held in seven countries, giving the scholarship to 97 students. The ceremonies began in Indonesia in July, and have been held in the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and Thailand. The award ceremonies were fully integrated into the countries, being attended by local government officials, university representatives, representatives of Japanese diplomatic and consular offices, and management executives of Panasonic Group companies, and the general manager of the CSR & Citizenship Department from Japan.
The Panasonic Scholarship Asia is a scholarship system that has been active since FY2014. Its forerunner, the Panasonic Scholarship, gave aid to Asian students learning in Japan, whereas the Panasonic Scholarship Asia gives aid to students studying in universities in their own countries. Regional headquarters and Panasonic sales companies in each country handle the operation of the scholarsh ip, inclusive of advertising for applicants and selection, while the CSR & Citizenship Department supports the overall running and scholarship funds. The system is now in its third year, and is increasingly rooted in the local community with a rising number of recipients.