The flow of Japanese pursuing study-abroad opportunities saw an unprecedented dive, a 76% drop, due to Covid-19 in 2020. The annual survey by study-abroad industry association, JAOS, Japan Association of Overseas Studies, has revealed the extent of the impact the worldwide pandemic has had on global student mobility originated from Japan.
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All members of JAOS have confirmed the following three points as action principle in supporting students who plan to study abroad, as well as those who are currently studying abroad.
１．Collecting and sharing information acquired by member organizations
All members of JAOS are reminded to not only rely on information from official sources such as the Japanese government, the governments of the destination countries, the WHO, etc., In addition, members are urged to gather information directly from the schools receiving students also, to most accurately analyze the fast changing situations in order to make the best possible judgment with students safety and well-being as the top priority.
２．Supporting clients who are currently studying overseas
JAOS members are fully committed to supporting students currently studying overseas by continuing to liaise constantly with the partner institutions and organizations receiving students from JAOS member organizations.
３．Advising prospective students planning to study abroad
JAOS members shall provide most appropriate advice to prospective students based on the best possible up-to-date and accurate information from fully utilized JAOS network indicated in 1 and 2 above.