As it approaches its second century, the University of Miami will build new bridges across geographic, cultural, and intellectual borders, bringing a passion for scholarly excellence, a spirit of innovation, a respect for including and elevating diverse voices, and a commitment to tackling the challenges facing our world.
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.
Four aspirations guide the vision for our future. The University of Miami aspires to be:
The hemispheric university: Our location in Miami gives us a distinct geographic capacity to connect institutions, individuals, and ideas across the Americas and throughout the world. Many universities seek international engagement, but the University of Miami is uniquely positioned to be a global university with a distinct hemispheric advantage.
The excellent university: A drive for excellence permeates every domain of our work—from research to public service, from teaching to athletics, from health care to the arts. The continued pursuit of excellence will be marked by building bridges across our schools and colleges, across disciplines, and across modes of learning.
The relevant university: From its very origins, the University has served the local and global communities to which it belongs. As we pursue the advancement of fundamental
knowledge and the search for meaning, we must make a deliberate effort to translate science and scholarship into solutions.
The exemplary university: Integrity, respect, diversity, tolerance, and resilience are qualities at the heart of the University. As we seek to expand opportunity for all, we will also work to foster inclusive, respectful, and safe environments throughout our campuses, where reflective and challenging conversations can be held.
Concrete initiatives will bring the vision for the University of Miami to life, engaging every facet of the campus community in the continued quest to fulfill our most noble purposes.
100 Talents: Through a mix of conventional and innovative modalities, the University will add, over the next decade, 100 new endowed chairs to attract, retain, and reward outstanding faculty who will enhance the University’s position as a magnet for talent.
Problem-based Interdisciplinary Inquiry: The University will increase support for collaborative problem-based inquiry at the intersection of multiple disciplines. The University will enhance its catalytic role in stimulating the collaboration of researchers and scholars from all our schools and colleges around complex problems in areas such as rising sea levels and other environmental threats, health and well-being, migration, and the multiple dimensions of human identity.
STEM@UM: The University of Miami will invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to attract top talent and build state-of-the-art facilities.
Hemispheric Innovation Hub: Recognizing that innovation and entrepreneurship are key components of our educational and research missions, the University will seek partnerships to promote new ventures and product development in Miami and throughout the hemisphere.
Hemispheric University Consortium: The University will leverage its unique geographic position to orchestrate a consortium for the advancement of research and education throughout the Americas, facilitating the mobility of students and faculty members.
Culture of Belonging: As an exemplary institution, the University will deepen the commitment to diversity and inclusion by building a culture of belonging where all members of the UM community feel valued and can add value.
Access to Excellence: By its centennial, the University will meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for admitted students through merit-based admissions and need-based financial aid.
Educational Innovation: As a leader in the unfolding education revolution, the University will pursue innovation in teaching and learning by promoting participatory experiences for students and faculty, investing in academic technology, and encouraging new pedagogical approaches in the classroom.
Value-Based Integrated Health Care: The University’s academic health system will lead the way towards a new era in health care through the optimal mix of high-quality services, cutting-edge research, and education of professional leaders.