Nissan opens factory to Inova-san Program’s first participants

August 19, 2019
In 19 days, program received more than 200 entrants
The Nissan Industrial Complex in Resende recently opened its doors to receive the first university students enrolled in the Nissan Institute’s Inova-san Program. Launched in early August, in partnership with Rio Sul Valley, an innovation community in southern Rio de Janeiro State, the program is aimed at boosting education, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The students were welcomed by Nissan’s senior sustainability manager and the Nissan Institute’s president, Rosane Santos; the Resende plant’s general manager, Marco Biancolini; and Nissan’s production director and Nissan Institute vice president, Wesley Custódio. The meeting happened on Friday.
“The Nissan Institute’s primary commitment is to generate positive social impacts in southern Rio de Janeiro State. Because of this, and to connect ever more closely with the region’s ecosystem, we developed the Inova-san Program. We knew that within the more than 20 municipalities and universities in the area, there is a lot of knowledge. Through this program, we want to challenge everyone while supporting university students in developing innovative ideas and solutions,” Santos explains.
During the program’s launch ceremony, following an oriental tradition, the first student who enrolled, Felipe Mury, had a Japanese Daruma symbol painted around one of his eyes and he made a wish. The Rio de Janeiro Federal Institute (IFRJ) student said his wish was for the ideas and solutions presented through Inova-san to be implemented across the region. Another symbol will be painted around his other eye when the wish has come true.
To inspire the young participants, the tour of the industrial complex presented all the technology and innovation used in Nissan’s production process in Resende. The students also had the opportunity to find out more about Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for the future of mobility, aimed at transforming the way vehicles are driven, promoted and integrated into society.
Through the Inova-san Program, which has already attracted 200 participants, young people are being challenged to develop solutions to tackle local issues related to one of three areas: the Environment, Intelligent Mobility and Social Enterprise. In December, the authors of the three winning projects will receive a technology, innovation and entrepreneurship immersion trip to the city of São Paulo, and they will also be given access to courses offered by the program in partnership with the Rio de Janeiro State Federation of Industry (Firjan) and the Brazilian Micro and Small Enterprise Support Service (Sebrae).