Campus ITS, ITS News – After completing the entire process of accepting new students (maba) from various pathways, the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) officially inaugurated 5,893 first-year students from undergraduate (S1) and applied (D4) levels. The activity was held for the first time offline and in an open space after two years of the pandemic. It was born in the ceremonial field in front of the ITS Library Building on Monday (8/8) morning.
Wearing white tops and black bottoms, the thousands of new students mingled from various departments at ITS into one in the middle of a grassy field from 07.00 to 09.00. Each first-year student must carry a sheet of red and white paper back and forth.
To liven up the inauguration atmosphere and foster the enthusiasm of the new students to prepare to be part of the ITS academic community, the presenters repeatedly echoed the names of each faculty which were greeted with enthusiastic shouts from the first-year students who were under the mentioned faculties. The flash mob attraction was also successfully designed by inviting new students to make a red and white flag configuration from the sheet of paper they brought with them to put on their heads.
On this occasion, the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) Nadiem Anwar Makarim, BA MBA, was also present and gave a virtual speech. In his remarks, Nadiem conveyed to ITS first-year students that creativity and freedom of students to study on campus had been guaranteed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Through the Merdeka Learning Campus Merdeka (MBKM) program, students have the freedom to knit education outside the department or campus they occupy with a semester credit transfer system.
Previously, the Chairperson of the ITS Board of Trustees (MWA), Prof. Dr. Ir KH Mohammad Nuh DEA, who also gave a speech, said ITS students should be grateful for being accepted at one of the best technology campuses in Indonesia. Moreover, the ITS campus still contains a high fighting spirit to advance human civilization by its motto, Advancing Humanity. “After being confirmed, there will be no more classification based on entry routes. However, we are one unit. Namely, we are fellow citizens of ITS, “said the former Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud) reminded.
Not only the Chair of the MWA also present and delivered his remarks was the Chair of the ITS Academic Senate, Prof. Dr. Syafsir Akhlus, MSc. They also provided learning motivation for new students. In addition, there were also vice-chancellors, the Secretary of the Institute (Skits), and deans from seven faculties and one school within ITS.
Meanwhile, ITS Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ir Mochamad Ashari MEng IPU AEng, in his inauguration remarks, explained that ITS this year succeeded in accepting as many as 8,072 students from undergraduate, applied undergraduate, and postgraduate levels from Sabang to Merauke. Not only that, but ITS also accepts 56 international students from various countries around the world. “There are students from the Netherlands, Libya, France, and various other countries,” he said.
Ashari assured that ITS is ready to become a place for new students to be creative and innovate without limitations. He also revealed that ITS managed to become the first rank of Legal Entity State Universities (PTN-BH) in the field of graduates who get jobs quickly and have a lot of entrepreneurship in Indonesia. “With this award, it has proven that ITS is committed to graduating quality candidates for the nation’s successors,” he assured.
In the future, the Professor of Electrical Engineering hopes for new students to raise their fighting spirit in knitting their academic and non-academic education while at ITS. He also expressed great pride in the enthusiasm of the new students to continue their education at ITS.
As a sign that the new students have been confirmed to be part of the ITS big family, the chancellor has pinned alma mater coats symbolically to two new first-year student representatives. “We hope that in the future, you can become presidential candidates, director candidates, and candidates for the management of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in the future,” he concluded, instilling hope in 2022 ITS first-year students. (ITS Public Relation)
Reporter: Bima Surya Samudra
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