Universität Hamburg's mission statement
Following an intensive, one-and-a-half year discussion process, Universität Hamburg agreed upon a mission statement in summer semester 1998. This sets forth the University's goals and describes the institution's understanding of itself as a "gateway to the world of knowledge." Project groups dedicated to each of the six goals set forth in the mission statement are responsible for concrete development in their respective areas:
- Strengthening responsibility
- Improving quality
- Interdisciplinary cooperation
- Creating regional contacts
- Improving access to education and academia
Gateway to the world of knowledge
Due to its long-standing tradition of subject diversity, Universität Hamburg sees itself as a gateway to the world of knowledge.
Cosmopolitan and international
In line with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg's long-standing tradition of openness, the University promotes tolerance, international cooperation and the universality of knowledge.
Autonomy in research and teaching
Research conducted at Universität Hamburg contributes to the development of science while teaching and studying enable staff and students alike to claim their right to academic education.
Educating responsible people
The University is committed to the development of expertise, sound judgment and the ability to engage in critical discourse based on strict academic principles. It strives to be a place of life-long learning for all members of society as well as to serve as a public cultural, social and political forum.
Funding for young academics
Universität Hamburg's subject diversity and dedication to academic quality has created a special committment to supporting young researchers.
Academic freedom within the bounds of social responsibility
Members of the University would like to fulfill their research, teaching and educational responsibilities autonomously. They want to contribute to the development of a humane, democratic and just society and promote equal opportunity with regard to educational access.
Connecting theory and practice
Universität Hamburg is part of society at large and sees itself as the intermediary between academic pursuit and praxis. It is devoted to the principles of ecological, social and economic sustainability.
Center of academic expertise in the North of Germany
As the center of Hamburg's academic and research landscape and with its extensive network of cooperation, Universität Hamburg contributes significantly to regional and interregional developments.
Academia in the service of humankind
Due to its broad spectrum of scientific services as well as health care policies based on the latest research, the University contributes to well-being and the fulfillment of its public and social responsibilities.
Interdisciplinary cooperation among the University's members and institutions enables the University to impart academic methods, findings and qualifications. Cooperation is based on the free flow of information, transparency, democratic participation and conflict resolution.
As a cosmopolitan institution devoted to outstanding academic achievement, Universität Hamburg seeks to:
- internationalize education and academia as part of the effort to create a more peaceful and humane world.
- cooperate with the city and the region.
- pursue interdisciplinary cooperation to promote academic potential.
- ,ensure the utmost quality in the exercise of professional duties.
- promote individual and institutional responsibility.
- provide greater access to education and academia.