Happy New Year from Kyushu University.
I hope you all have had an excellent start to the new year.
The global economy has been hard hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine last February, which have resulted in energy supply shortages and inflation and significantly impacted our daily lives as well as society at large. However, at Kyushu University, we have mostly returned to in-person classes since last October. With the relaxation of Japan’s entry restrictions, the number of international students here exceeded 2,300 as of last November upon the restart of student study abroad and research exchange programs with international partners. In the past year, we’ve felt a shift into the next phase of the pandemic as life on campus now resembles how it looked pre-COVID-19.