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Index of Novel Coronavirus announcements

  • March 12, 2020
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Last updated on: September 25, 2020.

This page gives an overview of Coronavirus-related announcements made by Kobe University in English (For announcements in Japanese, please see this page).

As of June 26, Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures are currently set at LEVEL 2. From October 1 onwards, some of the restrictions will be reduced to LEVEL 1 as shown in the link.

·         Latest general update (for all students and staff) *Updated September 23

·         For incoming international students/new students *Updated August 28

·         For current students *Updated September 18

·         Financial Support for students *Updated July 27

·         Activity/event cancellation information *Updated April 6

·         Announcements from individual facilities/faculties *library information updated September 25

·         Previous updates

·         Useful links and information (external sites)

Latest general update for staff and students

Important: October 1st updates to Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures  (posted September 23)

Main Information: From October 1, the following categories will be reduced to Level 1: Research Activities, Classes, Coming to University (students) and Extracurricular Activities (students). All other categories will remain at Level 2.

Message for students: Thorough enforcement of infection prevention measures  (posted July 31)

Main information: Reminder to students to practise infection prevention, especially when going out, and a summary of the Hyogo Prefectural Governor's message about this.

For incoming international students/new students

For Foreign Nationals Currently Overseas with Status of Residence in Japan  (August 25)

Main Information: Details about the proceedures for entering and re-entering Japan for Foreign Nationals, in addition to important information re. quarantine, transportation and accommodation.

Measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for new incoming international students
(updated July 9)

Main Information: Detailed info about validation extensions for the Certificate of Eligibility. Also, links to information about entry permission, landing restrictions and quarantine.

Cautionary Reminder for Students (April 28)

Main Information: Students are strongly reminded to refrain from holding parties etc. with others at home, in dormitories and at eating and drinking establishments etc. to reduce infection risks.

Updated April 9:    Announcement for all new students starting in AY2020 

Main Information: Classes for the first quarter of the semester starting May 7 will be conducted online. Updated information about this and Guidance in the link.

 

For current students

Regarding the conduction of Semester 2 classes(September 18)

Main Information: Majority of classes will be conducted remotely with some held face-to-face under strict infection prevention measures.

For Foreign Nationals Currently Overseas with Status of Residence in Japan  (August 25)

Main Information: Details about the proceedures for entering and re-entering Japan for Foreign Nationals, in addition to important information re. quarantine, transportation and accommodation.

Measures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for current international students (Updated June 3)

Main Information:  Updates regarding conduction of semester 2 classes; plus information on visa validity suspensions, entry ban restrictions, PCR testing/quarantine for arrivals.

Cautionary Reminder for Students (April 28)

Main Information: Students are strongly reminded to refrain from holding parties etc. with others at home, in dormitories and at eating and drinking establishments etc. to reduce infection risks.

Current Students: AY2020 first semester classes and Guidance  (Updated April 21)

Main Information: Classes for the first quarter of the Semester (beginning May 7) will be conducted online, Information about how online classes will be conducted and Guidance. Course Registration /textbook purchasing information added on April 21.

Financial Support For Students

Added July 27: List of support systems/programs for international students:

Main Information: List compiled by MEXT detailing the various kinds of support available to international students in Japan in the face of novel coronavirus-related circumstances (including financial and visa-related help).

Regarding the Kobe University International Student Support Association’s “COVID-19 countermeasure special loan (June 29)

Main Information:  Details regarding the special loan that international students who are struggling financially due to coronavirus related circumstances can apply for.

 

Activity/event cancellation and postponement information

All extracurricular activities (clubs/circles etc.) have been postponed or cancelled, except for those necessary for taking care of animals.

Announcements from individual Facilities/Faculties

Library announcements:

Library Services during Fall 2020 (Updated September 25)

Main Information: From October 1, Kobe University members can use their student or library card to enter the libraries as normal, libraries will be open from 9am-5pm weekdays, infection prevention measures will be enforced, and there will be limits on the number of people using each library at the same time (Please note that the usage restrictions for the Library for Medical Sciences are different). See the link above for more information.

Implementation of ‘Special Usage’ System (until the end of September)

Main Information: updated information about the Special Usage system for students and faculty, the permits required to enter libraries, dates and times, and rules of the system. As of July 20, weekday Special Usage times have been extended:10am until 5pm.

Borrowing Books by postal service (September 25: updated with information regarding Quarters 3 and 4)

Main Information: How to borrow materials held by the libraries via post for those who have difficulty coming to the university. It is now also possible to borrow materials from libraries other than your Support Library.

Previous updates

Important: June 26 updates to Kobe University’s Activity Restriction Measures (posted June 23)

Main Information: Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures will be reduced from Level 3 to Level 2, coming into effect on June 26. A new table detailing these measures has been posted.

Recruiting applicants for the Kobe University International Student Support Association Scholarship  (June 29)

Main Information: Second application period for international students who are struggling financially (deadline: July 10). 

【Update : accepting additional applications】About the Emergency Student Support Handout to enable students to continue their studies (July 6)

Main Information: Additional applications are being accepted for JASSO's Handout (deadline July 17) for those struggling to continue their studies due to coronavirus-related financial difficulties. Please see link for more info.

Information about the Special Cash Payments from the Japanese Government  (May 29)

Main Information: About how foreign nationals with a residence status of over 3 months can apply for the Japanese government's relief payments.

Message from the President in response to the lifting of the State of Emergency (May 26)

Main Information: Annoucement from President Takeda about the need to continue taking precautions against infection, Kobe University's Activity Restriction Measures being set to Level 3, and financial aid for struggling students.

Continuation of Kobe University's Emergency Announcement (May 12)

Main Information: The Japanese government's State of Emergency has been extended until May 31. Students are advised to stay at home and staff are advised to work from home where possible.

Update regarding Novel Coronavirus measures (April 28,2020)

Main Information: Information about the Kobe University Activity Restriction Measures, which all staff and students are required to follow to prevent the spread of infection.

Update regarding Novel Coronavirus measures (March 19, 2020)

Main Information:  Travel prohibitions for staff and students, what Kobe University students who are currently abroad should do.

Updates regarding Novel Coronavirus measures (March 11, 2020)

Main Information: Don't come to the university if you feel unwell, what to do if you are returning from an infected area/had close contact with an infected person/have symptoms of the virus, list of countries to which travelling is prohibited. 

Updates regarding Novel Coronavirus measures (February 17, 2020) 

Main Information: 1. Staff as well as students are also required to stay at home for 14 days after returning from affected areas/countries. 2. Travel to China (including Hong Kong and Macau) is prohibited for all staff as well as students, in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ announcement on February 12.

Updates regarding Novel Coronavirus measures (February 6, 2020) 

Main Information: procedure for those returning from affected areas, what to do if diagnosed with novel coronavirus, travel to China (Students: prohibited, Staff: strongly discouraged), everyone must submit notification of all travel plans to the university.

Kobe University’s measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (January 29, 2020).

Main Information: procedure for those returning from affected areas, infection prevention measures, diagram of the procedure to follow if you feel unwell (refrain from coming to the University).

Alert issued regarding novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China (January 28, 2020).

Main Information: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ alert regarding novel coronavirus and links to useful information from the World Health Organization.

Useful links and Information

Information in English:

Information in Japanese: