The health crisis linked to the covid pandemic “was not an extraordinary stress test only for universities, it was an extraordinary stress test for the whole of society, it was for everyone, in every part of the world”. Thus the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in his speech at the ceremony for the 2020-2021 academic year at the State University of Milan. “It is good to keep attention on what has happened, not only because we have not yet managed to reach the goal of defeating the pandemic – he added – Even if we are quickly on the right track, it is a goal still to be achieved” . “When the emergency is behind us, it will be good not to think of removing it from memory. It will be good to always keep it in mind, to understand what has happened and derive some criteria of behavior”, underlined the head of state. “Everyone needs the others. Each of us needs all the others and all the others need each of us. We hope that this criterion will not be abandoned or removed from memory and behavior when the emergency phase is over. Both in personal relationships and between states “, he said again.