Mission statements

I) East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a public doctoral/research university in Greenville, North Carolina.

Mission and Vision

“To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.”

II) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Mission Statement: “Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and  discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to  expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic  competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.”

[Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

The Fralin Biomedical research institute at VTC is one of Virginia Tech’s research institute formed in partnership with the Carilion School of Medicine and is located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Mission Statement: “The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC makes transformative scientific advances to i) understand the fundamental processes of human health and disease; ii) apply those advances to the improvement of health through improved prevention, diagnostics and therapeutics; iii) train the next generation of biomedical science leaders; iv) enhance discovery-based medical education; and v) sustain and strengthen the Virginia Tech-Carilion academic medicine partnership, developing one of the nation’s premier biomedical and health sciences research ecosystems.”]

As an alumnus of East Carolina University from where I received my masters in Biomedical Sciences and currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Translational medicine at Virginia Tech Fralin Research Institute, it is quite a remarkable coincidence for me to learn that both these universities have a common motto, i.e., to serve. They are both public universities whose missions heavily emphasize research and teaching going hand-in-hand through discovery (with the pursuit of cutting-edge research) and dissemination of new knowledge (with teaching and outreach).

Personally, as a biomedical scientist, what is striking to me in the mission statements of East Carolina University and the Fralin Research Institute at Virginia Tech is that they are both dedicated to transforming health care. I believe that this indeed plays a significant role in shaping the outlook of healthcare professionals in their approaches in developing and advancing innovations for improving patient care.

Besides, the underlying theme in their logos: Tomorrow starts here (East Carolina University) and Invent the future (Virginia Tech) indicates their commitment to bring out the best in students through the implementation of creative approaches in training them and preparing them for future. Especially, their broad vision in advocating diversity and inclusivity, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect is engaging to me as an international student pursuing higher education here.

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5 Responses to Mission statements

  1. jhotter says:

    I find it interesting that both ECU and VT have mottos that are leading towards the future. One of the universities that I looked at, George Mason University, goes by ‘where innovation is tradition’, which is a little unexpected as it is a very upcoming college based off of diversity and inclusion. Based off of this I do not believe that a motto should be the sole focus of the school, and mission statements should be more advertised because they really expand on what the university is trying to grow towards. Do you think that east coast and west coast universities will have similar statements or even similar demographics will have common themes?

  2. mgbullar says:

    I do like the forward-looking mission statements and mottos of these universities! I think ECU’s mission statement also did a good job of setting goals and then elaborating on how they will achieve them (“We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us”). Based on the mission statements I’ve read, it’s more common to set goals but not give intermediate steps on how those goals will be accomplished. The specificity of the statement makes it clear that there are already concrete examples of how the university is moving toward the goals they’ve set.

  3. maryammoarefian says:

    Comparing two universities that you attended was a very interesting, useful, and mindful statement.
    It would be to know the differences between these two institutions. The difference could be on how these two institutions made their mission practical and effective. Also, learning from differences could help both institutions for improving their policies

  4. zookat13 says:

    Interesting point- it does seem that many university mission statements and mottos are future-focused.

    Having attended these universities, how do you feel that their mission statements compare to the overall atmosphere and priorities on campus?

  5. kaiwen says:

    I appreciate your introduction and comparison of Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and ECU. It can be found that these two public universities have many things in common: they both emphasize their mission on serving society, humanity; their mottos commit their responsibilities in the future (tomorrow). I also found that ECU is also a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, which explains the similarity between these two universities a little bit.

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