The images of devastation in Japan that we all woke up to this morning are deeply disturbing. As a caring community, our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they struggle to cope with their nation’s biggest recorded earthquake and the savage tsunami that followed.
As news of the disaster broke, the university moved to ensure that Brandeis students studying in Japan were safe and unharmed, and that we are supporting Japanese students studying here. We are also concerned about faculty, staff and students who have relatives in Japan. The Office of Study Abroad has determined that the three undergraduates studying in Kyoto in the central part of Japan, as well as undergraduates in other Asian nations and in Latin America who could have been affected by the tsunami, are safe. Officials at Keio and Waseda universities, where three Brandeis International Business School students are studying, reported that no students, faculty or staff were harmed during the disaster. IBS staff is working with the two universities to contact the three Brandeis students to check on their well-being. I know that we are all grateful and relieved for this news at this time.
The International Student and Scholars Office has been in contact with five undergraduates, eleven graduate students and at least nine scholars, researchers and faculty from Japan who are on campus now to offer support.
We will continue to follow developments and are prepared to offer assistance where needed.