The University of Strasbourg states its mission
The University of Strasbourg will have a multidisciplinary outlook and cover the full spectrum of knowledge: applied science, technological science, natural science, humanities and social science, literature and languages, arts, sports science, law, business and management, political science, education and communication studies. Hence, the University will have the following missions:
► The University of Strasbourg will be an independent, public university, in compliance with the bill on universities’ liberties. It will be sponsored by the state, the sole authority able to guarantee uniform development of highest education and research establishments on a national scale. The University will also have private funds, so as to exploit its scientific discoveries as best as possible.
► The University of Strasbourg will be renowned for its European specificity due to its peculiar geographical position and its history. It will be particularly influent thanks to three main assets: its research and educational strength, the cross-border and European environment in which it is placed and its rich intellectual, scientific and cultural heritage, which is testimony of its European past.
► The University of Strasbourg will carry out research at international level, together with original and innovative scientific policy in compliance with national priorities. It will maintain the leading edge sectors of the three universities, discover new skills and consistently develop its scientific domains in cooperation with other research establishments.
► The University of Strasbourg will offer a broad spectrum of disciplines for standard university courses and life long learning programmes. This will help students have a smooth professional integration in a constantly changing professional world, in both France and Europe.
► The University of Strasbourg will become independent in a very responsible way: (1) it will develop a true establishment quality culture that will be based on internal self-assessments and international expertise; (2) it will set goals that will be valid for several years, focusing on performance and assessed by indicators of establishment effectiveness.
► The University of Strasbourg will build up partnerships with local and regional authorities, along with industrial, socio-economical bodies, to ease up students’ professional integration and exploit research.
► The University of Strasbourg will share its scientific, technical and cultural activities with the city, so as to let citizens approach science and culture.
► It will set up the conditions to favour a true multidisciplinary outlook.
► The merging of the three universities of Strasbourg in a single University of Strasbourg will give the chance to restructure research, education and training around a full spectrum of disciplines, which will be a tremendous asset at international level.
► As for research, several today’s scientific issues are strongly linked to the notion of multidisciplinarity. This trend is bound to become even stronger, especially as these issues have direct effects on society, for instance in health or environment domains. Here, these issues require that experts join their skills in medicine, applied science, humanities, social science and law. One of the major challenges of the University will be creating a multidisciplinary environment capable of answering this kind of questions, showing international visibility and appealing the best lecturers and researchers from France and abroad.
► As for education and training, the Licence-Master-Doctorat reform radically changed the university environment: it passed from being a national environment, where the highly standardised educational offer let universities compete only on a geographical basis, to being an European and global environment where the large and varied educational offer forces university to compete by making their offer more appealing. In this perspective, giving students a full spectrum of disciplines in a single University is a considerable asset, since they are able to choose a full degree course in a place that enables them to be mobile and exchange knowledge.