Mission Statements

The two university mission statements that I found are interesting are the mission statement of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the one of Columbia University.

Caltech is in California, United States. Despite its small size, Caltech is one of world’s best science and technology research universities. What stood out to me is how its mission statement emphasizes on research in the field of science and technology while also mentions education in two places (“…integrated with education”, “while educating…”). This implies two things. One is that no matter how excellent one university is in research, it still needs to consider its role in education. Another thing is that Caltech does emphasize more on research, which  makes sense considering its type.

Columbia University is in New York, United States. It is also a private research university. Other than research and education, Columbia University also emphasizes on two unique things. One is its location in New York, and the other is its diversity. The location of a university can be really important, especially when the location is a big city. Therefore, to link the research and education to the resources of a great metropolis is truly essential and helpful. Besides, considering the globalization of New York and today’s higher education, having a more diverse and international group of students and faculty also add values to Columbia University.

The Caltech mission statement reads:

“The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become create members of society.”

The mission statement of Columbia University reads:

“Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and students body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.”


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