The Nippon Foundation Endowment

In March 1995 Monash University received a generous endowment of two million Australian dollars from the Nippon Foundation. It was agreed that the funds of the Endowment be allocated to support Japanese Language Education in the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The agreement between the Foundation and Monash University was the result of extended discussions between the University’s Department of Japanese Studies and the Foundation, and then discussion within Monash University.

The foundation had expressed an interest in assisting with the promotion of Japanese Language Education in Australia, and the Department responded with a proposal to establish a Centre which would engage in a wide range of activities to reinforce efforts that were already being made to promote the learning of Japanese at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.