One of the mission statements I chose is from my department- Food Science and Technology: “Engaging Minds to Meet Global Food and Health Challenges”. In my opinion, it reflects the idea that a successful research or project needs to incorporate cooperation and diversity. Since the development of technology and transportation, different countries are influenced much more by each other than before. A new food product from one district may be popular in another country thousands of miles away in a short time. One can found the raw ingredient of his/her daily food is actually from the other half the earth. The global food producing line can extend and across several counties, which need close cooperation of each other. What’s more, infectious diseases such as mad cow disease may also spread very quickly around the world. This needs a much closer cooperation from different countries to find out the food infection source and make a quick response to control the food safety. On the other hand, diversity is learn from other countries or districts to find out the new technology that can improve the production efficiency, the new food or way of eating to improve the food structure or nutrition balance, the experiences of control the food safety and related disease.
Another mission statement is from our school: “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”. I like the perspective that teaching, learning and research are used for application and expand personal growth, advance social and improve the quality of life. To me, this is the essence of education. Education is not only transfer knowledge to the others, but help them to understand and explore the possibility to apply it in the real world. A successful scientist is someone who can find the problem and solve it. So transferring the knowledge from the book into the application in our world is my goal to teach and learn.