Mission statements are important to organisation for they have a profound impact on the stakeholders to drive them to excel. Just like any other corporate entity, universities too have their mission statements to bring about change that can have an effect on the lives the staff and students. Below are some mission statements made by universities worldwide who made it to the top 400 in the recent released Times Higher Education (THE) magazine list. After reading these mission statements, compare with those of our local universities listed below and you will understand why we are not 'there'. The question is, are we mission driven enough to excel?
THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ranking : 1
Ranking : 5
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
Ranking : 6
THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Ranking : 34
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE [NUS]
Ranking : 40
THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
Ranking : 151
THE MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
Ranking : 351-400
Note: The university has even emphasised on the teaching and learning of English in its mission statement.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA
"To advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and humanity.
UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA (UKM)
"To inculcate innovation in UKM and promote the transfer of UKM technology, know-how and innovation for society's use and benefit while generating unresticted income to support research and education and create new enterprises from technology."
UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA
"To enhance the knowledge and expertise of Bumiputras in all fields of study through professional programmes, research work and community service based on moral values and professional ethics."
UNIVERSITY PUTRA MALAYSIA (UPM)
"To be a leading centre of learning and research contributing not only towards human advancement and discovery of knowledge but also to the creation of wealth and nation building."