UNU-IAS Response to COVID-19

  • 2020•03•24

    UNU-IAS began telecommuting as advised by UNU Rector and UNU-IAS Director on 25 February 2020. This arrangement was mandatory for all staff and has since been modified to allow office access on a limited basis, with a shift system in place. UNU-IAS continues to deliver on its mandate as best possible during this time.

    UNU Headquarters Building

    To support measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, access to the UNU headquarters building in Shibuya, Tokyo, is restricted and no visitors are permitted to enter. This policy remains under careful consideration with the aim of reopening when appropriate.

    COVID-19 Task Force

    A COVID-19 Task Force exists to assess the local situation in Japan and provide advice to UNU-IAS staff members. The Task Force meets on a weekly basis, if not more, and subsequently provides updates to staff members via email or teleconference, as and when needed.

    Telecommuting Arrangements

    UNU-IAS staff are working through a combination of telecommuting and office work, with a shift system in place.

    Education Programmes

    UNU-IAS will continue its postgraduate education programmes by delivering courses to its students online in April 2020, and provide academic advising and administrative services remotely.


    Please note that in-person events organised by UNU-IAS have been cancelled until further notice. The institute continues to organise online events. UNU-IAS prohibits staff and students from organising any events or gatherings on campus until further notice.

    Travel Policy

    All work-related travel, both local and international, has been cancelled.


    If you would like to get in touch with UNU-IAS staff members, please contact them directly. Contact details can be found on the UNU-IAS People page.

    For general queries, please use the Contact Us page.

    Staying Healthy

    Please be reminded to wash and sanitise hands regularly, avoid touching your face, maintain social distance, and practice good coughing or sneezing etiquette.

    Please visit the WHO website for more information on staying healthy during this time.

    For more information, please continue to monitor the information on the UNU-IAS website as well as social media channels (Facebook & Twitter).

    For information on the overall UNU response to the COVID-19 situation, please visit the UNU website.