lecturers, staffs and ITB students I am proud of,
been more than two months that we have been undergoing various forms of large
scale social restrictions (PSBB), in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19
as far as possible. The social restrictions that we live in, of course, causing
hard obstacles to face. Our society is also facing similar constraints.
COVID-19 gives us widespread socio-economic impacts.
Central and Regional Governments in Indonesia are now beginning to formulate
steps towards a new normal that aims to reduce the negative impacts of social
restrictions. However,as long as the vaccine for covid-19 has not yet been
discovered and mass produced, we need to prevent the occurrence of new
clusters. If this happens, the emergence of new contagion clusters will result
in increasingly prolonged social restrictions, which are followed by broader
with the Central and Regional Governments, ITB is formulating a Transition
Period towards a new Work Culture, namely the Adaptation of New Habits. The
policies that underlie the Transition Period are as follows.
realize that large scale social restriction (PSBB) has consequences, including
declining our academic performance, both in teaching, research, and community
service. Planning a Transition Period will minimize those consequences. Thus,
transition period needs to be done in ways that as far as possible avoid the
emergence of new covid-19 transmission clusters. Relaxation of social
restrictions can be carried out on low-risk activities.
research and community service activities that do not involve intensive social
interaction can get started again on campus. Similar criteria also apply to
research activities for postgraduate students. All of the activities need to
remain limited to some essential aspects.
and community service activities, research of doctoral and master's students,
which are estimated to lead to the emergence of new contagious clusters
potentially, are still being conducted online.
continue online classes as our primary learning activities. ITB will improve
the quality of online learning, such as conducting online seminars and online
principle, entering the Transition Period to Adaptation of New Habit era will
prevent the emergence of new contagion clusters. All of the possibilities will
be fulfilled if we are being careful and have thorough considerations, followed
by high responsibility, commitment, and discipline from all of us.
trying to adapt to the current condition so we can carry out our activities as
students, lecturers, staff, or institution managers. Some of us have more
difficulty than others. My colleagues and I experienced boredom and running out
of energy in carrying out tasks, which, under normal conditions, felt much
lighter. I believe we should be able to be more empathetic both to the
environment around us and to ourselves.
going through this era of adaptation, we will rapidly realize that we are not
alone. I believe we will learn to recognize ourselves and the environment
around us. I am confident that we will all be able to adapt well and
achieve peace, so that we can continue to contribute to the prosperity and
progress of the Indonesian people.
Allah SWT bless all of our hardworks and efforts towards the New Normal
condition. For His Permit and Gift, we can increase our productivity again and
minimize the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Amen.
May 29, 2020