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University of Basel

Mission Statement

Enacted by the Senate on June 30, 1993.


  1. The University of Basel fosters the development of critically thinking and tolerant individuals who are capable of taking initiative and taking on responsibility. It is the aim of the University to enable these individuals to deepen their knowledge and field-specific academic training and further education.
  2. Through research and teaching, the University imparts the insights past down over the ages in addition to producing new knowledge. It is guided by the principle of meaningfulness and purpose rather than feasibility.
  3. The University is aware of the duties arising from knowledge, fulfilling these duties through critical reflection and the services it provides. It takes its own position concerning problems facing society.
  4. The University realizes its aims by taking responsibility with respect to future generations, the society that supports them, the international academic community and the culture that is passed down from generation to generation.

Guiding principles

Being proactive
  1. Within the scope of official regulations, the University of Basel is autonomous in the areas of teaching, research and services. It is responsible for its own administration, and its autonomy mandates self-regulation.
  2. The University sets priorities based on meeting scholarly and societal needs.
  3. It delegates the greatest amount of responsibility possible to the smallest possible entity.
  4. The University promotes the preparedness of all of its members to take responsibility. It gives them the right to participate in the institution’s governance. All members of the University of Basel take part in its organization and activities in a manner commensurate with their abilities and competencies.

Promoting the advancement of individuals
  1. The University educates individuals who possess the courage and ability to develop ideas on their own and express these ideas publicly.
  2. The University professes the principle of equal rights, in particular among men and women, and is committed to putting this into practice. This also pertains to admissions.
  3. The University professes the principle of achievement on all levels and places quality above quantity. It has the flexible structure necessary for achieving this and provides the requirements for developing creativity and idealism, thereby ensuring superior achievements that do not go unrewarded.
  4. The University exercises a focused development of young academics.
  5. The sports programs promote the balance and health of its members.
  6. The University maintains and takes advantage of the opportunities arising through personal contacts among its members, an overall environment of openness and trust, as well as uncomplicated administration made possible by its medium size.

Connecting teaching, learning and research
  1. The University guarantees freedom in the areas of teaching, learning and research.
  2. The University rests upon the idea of unity of teaching and research. This enables lecturers and students to learn through research and the independent mastery of methods and knowledge.
  3. All faculties provide varying degrees of services that interact closely with teaching and research.
  4. The University of Basel has a broad range of education and training programs that is based on cultivating the traditional fields of knowledge and openness for ideas.
  5. The University promotes interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research across faculty boundaries.
  6. The University guarantees the quality of its teaching through the didactic education and training provided by its professors and maintains this quality through course evaluations.
  7. The University also contributes to adult education outside university degree programs.

Transparency through information
  1. The University of Basel presents its work to the public in an understandable way, thereby arousing interest. It ensures a constant sharing of information among its members. Everyone who works at the University of Basel employs their specialized expertise to contribute to the body of knowledge within their respective fields.
  2. The University maintains contacts with schools that prepare students for their studies and with higher-level technical schools.

Taking advantage of the location
  1. The University makes use of the opportunities provided by its location in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft as well as the larger Upper Rhine region.
  2. The University encourages dialog and coordinates its tasks with Swiss as well as foreign universities on all levels, with the intention of broadening horizons in teaching and research through a sharing of skills. This is particularly true for the European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities (EUCOR).
  3. The University fosters and encourages dialog in the domains of economics and culture for the benefit of all. It takes advantage of the fact that companies and cultural institutions of international renown are based in Basel.
  4. Beyond the curriculum, the Basel museum collections belonging to the university provide many strata of the population with learning opportunities and create a sense of internationality.

Ensuring independence through funding 
  1. The University of Basel receives public funding.
  2. It also seeks out financial support from third parties. Here, too, the freedom of research and teaching as well as the impartiality the University exercises when taking positions concerning societal problems must be safeguarded.
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