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AVL Supports Japanese Language & Culture School for Children in Graz

‘Konnichiwa’ is probably one of the first words you will learn when you start studying Japanese. Lessons held at the Japanese school, which recently opened in Graz and is supported by AVL, go far beyond a friendly 'hello'. 

AVL CEO Helmut List eröffnet japanische Schule

‘Konnichiwa’ is probably one of the first words you will learn when you start studying Japanese. Lessons held at the Japanese school, which recently opened in Graz and is supported by AVL, go far beyond a friendly 'hello'. “Maintaining your native language and culture fosters cultural understanding between cultures”, said AVL CEO Prof. Helmut List, who personally initiated the program. Lessons are held every Friday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the AVL Academy in Graz.


Following the creation of the Korean Saturday School in 2011, the Japanese course is now the second language and cultural institution of this kind supported by AVL. The goal is to give Japanese-German bilingual children living in Graz the opportunity to familiarize themselves as much as possible with the Japanese language and culture.

Learning to master the complex Japanese writing system in addition to studying the subjects in Austria’s compulsory school curriculum can be particularly challenging. That is why it is extremely beneficial for children to start getting used to Japanese characters as early as possible through educational games. In this school year, six girls and seven boys, aged four to twelve, are attending the school. The Japanese lessons are coordinated by Kaori Sohar, lecturer at Graz University.

Both the Japanese and the Korean classes are held at the AVL Academy. The AVL Academy is the hub and center for personal development, technical training and basic cultural and communication skills for AVL employees around the world.

Japan is amongst AVL's core markets. The areas Powertrain Engineering and Instrumentation and Test Systems have particularly shown above-average growth in the past ten years.

With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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