Mission Statement

Ghent University (UGent) occupies a specific position among the Flemish universities. This position is defined in the UGent Mission Statement, which serves as the basis for the process of change and strategic policy planning at all levels. It is also the touchstone for the day-to-day management of the university.

Ghent University...

  •  distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university that is open to all students, regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background;
  • defines itself in a broad international perspective, all the while accentuating its individuality in terms of language and culture;
  • aims to encourage its students to adopt a critical approach within a creative, development-oriented educational and research environment;
  • offers a broad spectrum of high-quality research-based educational programmes that are constantly being adapted to the most recent scholarly and scientific developments;
  • aims to develop in a selective manner the advanced degree programmes, as well as postgraduate and permanent education;
  • aims to situate its educational and research activities within the broader social context and to remain in continual dialogue with all parties concerned;
  • aims to promote and further develop fundamental independent research in all faculties and to be a world player in the selected fields of endeavour;
  • aims to be an enterprising university with a focus on the social and economic applications of its research findings;
  • attaches particular importance to the social facilities made available for students;
  • creates a stimulating environment for its staff and provides them with the fullest scope of opportunities for developing their potential;
  • attaches particular importance to the participation of students, staff and social representatives in the formulation of policy;
  • desires strong interaction with its alumni;
  • opts for a decentralised, dynamic organisation model.