George Mason University’s Student Focused Approach Leads to Success Amidst a Global Pandemic

George Mason University’s Student Focused Approach Leads to Success Amidst a Global Pandemic

2020. August. 24. INCHEON – George Mason University Korea located at the Incheon Global Campus announced that it began its Fall semester today and that it welcomed the largest freshman class throughout the year since its opening in 2014. The total number of new students in 2020 reached 224, which is more than 20% growth from last year. 

Mason Korea will kick off the semester with a virtual convocation celebration in accordance with the recently enforced social distancing guidelines by the Korean Government due to a sudden rise of confirmed cases in the greater Seoul area. New and returning students will be required to adhere to the modified class schedule that focuses on limiting the total number of people on campus through the use of alternating online and offline modes of instruction.

Mason Korea’s Emergency, Health and Safety team remains committed to ensuring the safety of all members of our community. The team has launched a #PatriotProtection campaign which includes frequent disinfection of the facilities, requiring masks, centralized building check in point with mandatory temperature checks, socially distanced classrooms with hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, amongst many other safety precautions to prevent the spread of virus on campus. All students will also be required to view a campus safety protocol video at the beginning of each class to drive home the message and ensure students abide by the safety guidelines both on and off campus.

Gbemi Disu, Chief Business Officer at Mason said, “Mason Korea has been leading the way in terms of our virus prevention and response plans. Our campus has been fortunate to not have any Covid-19 cases so far and our whole campus community remains committed to sustaining that track record.”

Dr. Robert Matz, Campus Dean of Mason Korea said, “We are thrilled to welcome the largest fall class and as the campus grows in size, we will continue to put our students first by providing them with a transformational experience in the safest way possible.”

Mason Korea established earlier this year, a KRW 30 mil ‘Covid-19 Emergency Fund’ in collaboration with the Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) in April to support students who are going through financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic. The institution also provided all continuing students with a Covid-19 Relief Grant totaling over USD 400,000 to help students successfully navigate any unforeseen expenses as a result of the crisis.