Dear i3L Students, Faculty, Staff, and Partners,
i3L wishes a very happy Eid al-Fitr 2020 for those of you celebrating. May this Mubarak day of holy Eid al-Fitr sparkle with the moments of love and laughter that give you all strength during these challenging times.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, i3L also wishes everyone safety and good health. The institute would like to thank all members of the academic community for their commitments to taking the necessary measures and helping one another in order to achieve these three common priority objectives:
1. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and all members of the community
2. Minimizing disruptions to our academic agenda and activities
3. Contributing to the fight against COVID-19
To ensure the health and safety of our community, i3L has moved all academic activities to online learning starting March 16, 2020. We have since issued a number of guidelines, including those on online learning, lab courses, and thesis projects, to minimize disruptions to the current academic agenda and to ensure that students continue to receive rich learning experiences despite having to study/work from home.
In addition, i3L has been actively involved in the fight against COVID-19 in Indonesia. We are currently collaborating with a number of institutions to produce RT-PCR test kits and reagents, analyze test samples, and do research projects related to COVID-19. Throughout all these activities, safety remains our utmost priority. Safety measures and procedures are put in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students who are involved in these projects. In this newsletter, you can find the information on some of the projects that we are currently doing to help with the fight against COVID-19 in Indonesia. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the person-in-charge of each project directly.
Lastly, allow me to remind everyone about some practical steps that can be done to help us achieve the three common priority objectives mentioned above:
1. Put your safety and the safety of others first
Stay home and minimize non-essential activities.
Should you experience any physical or mental health issues during the pandemic, please contact i3L Health Services: 0813-8719-0567 and firstname.lastname@example.org. i3L Health Services is here to support all of everyone during this time of crisis.
2. Remain connected with i3L
Please make sure that you inform i3L your contact information so that we can reach you during this study and work from home period. For students, please make sure that you have completed the Student Data Form with your information and emergency contact information. Please maintain communication with the head of each of your departments.
3. Expect more from yourselves
Working/studying from home has its own challenges. Make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and support (yes, please make sure you have a good internet connection) you need to successfully study and work from home. Above all, make a commitment to yourself that you will remain productive during this period. This period provides a good opportunity for us to practice self-discipline and good time management.
4. Give us feedback
We have provided students with the Remote Learning Evaluation Survey. Please use this survey to give feedback on the effectiveness of our online learning sessions. Aside from this survey, students, staff, and faculty could always give direct feedback to their heads of departments.
5. Hold fast to i3L values: Integrity, Grit, and Role Model
Continue to hold yourself, your friends, and your faculty members accountable to these values.
Have I continued to apply academic integrity and grit in the face of this new way of learning? Have I served as a role model for others around me? If we continue to hold fast to these values, I am sure that we will emerge stronger as a community when this crisis is over.
On another note, I am pleased and excited to announce that the institute has chosen Dr Iwan Surjawan as the newly appointed Rector of Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences, effective from May 2020. It has been a pleasure for me to bring the best education at i3L and to see young talents in science and business grow together with i3L. I am also confident that Dr Iwan Surjawan will continue upon leading i3L to reach its vision, mission, and beyond.
We look forward to the time when this COVID-19 crisis is finally over. In the meantime, we look forward to working together with all members of the community to make this work-and-study-from-home period a safe and productive time. Thank you.
Angelique Aryanto, M.B.A.
Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences