Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the significance of universities and their campuses both have been coming into question.

Known for its global education since it was founded in 1913 as a Jesuit school, Sophia University has advocated for a compact campus in Tokyo’s Yotsuya district, offering an environment for international students of different faculties to enjoy interactions with each other.

“As we wanted to stick to our style of learning, it took time for us to go online and prepare for spring classes while maintaining high-quality education,” said Sophia’s President Yoshiaki Terumichi, who spearheaded efforts to cope with the coronavirus crisis at the university, during an interview with The Japan Times on Aug. 6 at the university.