President Kosaku Dairokuno
To Incoming and Current Students of Meiji University and anyone else concerned;
As already announced, Meiji University has made a crucial decision to cancel our entrance ceremony, which was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, and to postpone the start of classes.
We understand that the entrance ceremonies are milestone events for freshmen to take an important step forward into their new lives. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for Meiji University faculty and staff members to join with freshmen and their parents or guardians to celebrate the start of their student lives. Therefore, we earnestly searched for a way to hold the ceremonies.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 infection spread to be a pandemic, and the turmoil caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus infection does not appear to be abating. In light of this, the university, being responsible for ensuring the health and safety of its students and all others concerned, decided to cancel the ceremonies in order to prevent the spread of the infection. The ceremonies take place where more than a thousand people, including incoming students, their parents and their guardians, would gather at the same time in one place.
In addition, we have been informed that a lot of new international students scheduled to enroll at the university from abroad and who have temporarily returned to their home countries, and Meiji students who are currently on study abroad programs will not be in time for the scheduled start of classes on April 8, because of immigration restrictions imposed by government authorities.
We sincerely apologize to all new incoming students, their parents and guardians, and all those concerned who have been looking forward to the entrance ceremonies, and the start of classes. We ask for your kind understanding at this difficult time.
Meiji University has been making every effort to fulfill its responsibilities as an educational institution under very difficult circumstances. As for the orientations (guidance) scheduled prior to the start of classes, we will provide online video guidance.
With regard to regular classes, we are now preparing to start quality online classes by making use of the Oh-o! Meiji System (online class support system). We also plan to open a consultation desk in order to take care of the various concerns of our students. Details will be announced later on our website.
The outlook for the spread of the novel coronavirus infection is still uncertain, but please do not be misled by false rumors or fake news, and keep calm. We look forward to seeing you soon on campus at Meiji University.
Finally, I would like to share with you the words of Dr. Albert Einstein.
"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
President, Meiji University