The word “mission” is commonly used in our daily lives, often used by individuals or organizations to refer an assignment or goal either for short or longterm.
When it comes to organizations and institutions, the mission reflects more than just a task. As Julián David Cortés-Sánchez has pointed in his blog, “mission” reflects purpose, ambition and values. If we stop for a second and reflect how some institutions influence on society (e.g. universities) the mission become a serious element.
Universities are the providers of education to thousands of students and have impact on other thousands of people that are involved with (e.g. professors, staff, family and the surrounding community). Therefore, their mission that states their believes and strategies is fundamental to determine how would the institution would operate to achieve its purpose.
After exploring a couple of mission statements of universities, I realized that the inclusion, diversity and, no-boundaries are common. Which make sense, nowadays people are connected worldwide through technology and many other forms. These elements on the mission statements are enabling globally connected education.
Based on the brief conducted research on mission statements of universities, I was happy to discover that the improvement of communities and society for future generations were on the statements of the three explored universities, despite that one is from the U.S (Yale University), other from Mexico (Universidad Iberoamericana), and Australia (Deakin University).
After reading about mission statements, my vision regarding Universities changed. Now, I understand that the contribution to their students, faculty, alumni and others involves goes beyond of just providing high-quality information and content regarding a specific area.