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.