May 15, 2020
To all faculty, staff, and other members of the APU community,
And to all those who would like to support APU students:
The Ritsumeikan Trust has finalized an emergency aid package totaling 2.5 billion yen to support students facing a range of difficulties amid the current coronavirus crisis while fulfilling its social responsibility for providing education.
As part of this package, the available scholarship slots for domestic APU students facing a sudden change in household finances will be expanded from 20 to 100, and all students will receive a lump-sum payment of 30,000 yen to offset the cost of preparing the network environment required for taking online classes. Furthermore, we are urgently discussing and working out the details of emergency aid (30,000 yen x 3 months) for students facing financial difficulties for various reasons as well as assistance for students living in town. For more information about the emergency aid package, please see here.
Amid this backdrop, the Trust has decided to begin soliciting donations for these emergency aid measures. At a time when our students are struggling, I believe all of us want to help them in whatever way we can. A group of APU alumni, faculty, and staff have already come together to establish APU Hands, which aims to provide direct support to students. This group has already received and distributed contributions from numerous alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and local citizens. This is a very welcome development, and I would like to express my gratitude for all the support we have received from our many stakeholders.
The aim of the Trust’s donation drive is to pool more resources for emergency student aid from the faculty, staff, and many other people who support the Trust, but as I mentioned above, APU is already in the process of preparing its own fund for emergency student aid.
There are already concerns that the impact of this coronavirus crisis will be felt for a long time. Personally, I believe it is important for us to pool whatever resources we can to assist those students who are struggling now as well as additional students who may face difficulties going forward.
APU is one of the world’s truly international universities, which makes us particularly susceptible to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Because of this, I am convinced that, once we overcome this crisis, we will enter an era in which the raison d'être of APU as an international university will shine even brighter, and the spirit of multicultural coexistence and international cooperation that can be learned here will grow even more appealing. I believe that by working together with our stakeholders, we can overcome these difficulties.
In closing, I kindly request the cooperation of our faculty, staff and all members of the APU community in supporting this donation drive.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
May 15, 2020