First of all, let me on behalf of the ITB big family welcome all new ITB students for the Academic Year 2020/2021 on this beloved ITB campus. It is an honor for us to welcome all of you, the best sons and daughters of the Indonesian nation. Or rather, it is part of the next generation of young people, the nation's best sons and daughters who are scattered in various universities in the archipelago. And for new students from abroad, it is our honor to welcome you here, as a form of friendship between nations.
To this day, we are all still struggling to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and are working to overcome its various effects. However, we need to always be optimistic in looking to the future, in order to achieve our common goals. Pandemics, and various other forms of disasters are always present in human life. However, history proves that the presence of various disasters, as well as other life problems, has actually become an important factor that triggers and spurs the development of science, technology, arts and social / human sciences.