To be a premier institution of academic excellence with a global perspective.
Promote the discovery and application of knowledge, the acquisition of skills and the development of intellect and character in a manner which prepares students to contribute effectively and ethically as citizens of a changing and increasingly technological world.
This mission is achieved through selected high quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs which result in the following outcomes:
Higher order thinking
The ability to collect, analyze and evaluate information and formulate conclusions. Students develop and demonstrate the ability to think critically, analytically and creatively.
Competence in oral, written, quantitative, and technological skills. Students develop and demonstrate competency in oral and written communication as well as demonstrate scientific, quantitative and technological literacy.
Global understanding and multicultural perspective
Awareness, knowledge and appreciation of both the diversity and commonality of cultures. Students acquire these perspectives through formal study of languages, history, literature and the arts and through working, studying and living cooperatively in a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse environment. Further, students acquire an understanding of economic, historical, political, geographic and environmental relationships on a global basis.
Preparedness for career
Mastery of a field of knowledge and its multi-cultural and multinational application. Such mastery is accomplished through both formal study and various experiential forms of learning such as internships and field experiences.
Leadership and ethics
As part of their growth and development, students formulate and articulate the ethical standards and develop the leadership skills which will guide their professional and personal lives. This is accomplished through formal courses in discipline areas and active engagement of students in leadership roles both inside and outside the classroom.
Community service and development
A sense of being part of a community and a desire to be of service to it. Students are given opportunities to participate in community service, citizenship, or social action projects or activities.
This mission is carried out in an environment which encourages intellectual and scholarly development; fosters openness to a wide range of ideas, cultures, and people; and enhances personal growth.
- Life-long learning – Developing a learning culture that continues throughout a person’s lifetime.
- Integrity – Ensuring the pursuit of excellence by upholding professional and ethical standards and being accountable.
- Innovativeness – Introducing new methods and strategies that ensure quality, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.
- Social responsibility – Providing leadership in responding to issues of national and global concern through collaborative efforts.
- Academic freedom – Upholding the spirit of free and critical thought and enquiry, through open exchange of ideas and knowledge.