Mission Statements

Mission Statement of Kiel University (CAU)

Kiel University (CAU)

In the land between the seas, we broaden our view of the world, opening new horizons to forward-looking ideas. Together with others, we are helping to form our land and society. We are laying the foundations for creating and communicating knowledge and shaping sustainable interactions between people, their cultures, the environment, and technology. We are connecting disciplines, asking questions and building bridges between science and society. Together, we are generating knowledge through research, teaching, and transfer to develope solutions for our time‘s social challenges. We see ourselves as an international network university and a local stakeholder in our region. Just like a compass, we provide orientation as the environment and society are changing across the globe.

Pax optima rerum, “peace is the highest good”. From the beginning, this was our motto, and it continues to be our guiding star. We are committed to democracy, openness to the world, international understanding, scientific curiosity, integrity, and equal opportunities. We value people who want to help shape things and see our university as a place of encounter, close connections, and diverse togetherness. Our diversity is both an opportunity and an obligation. To make the most of the wealth of our perspectives, we facilitate intensive interaction and cultivate a lively culture of discussion as equals based on trust and respect. We live out a university culture where all members can feel proud to be part of CAU.

Further Mission Statements

Mission statement on diversity

Mission statement on diversity

Our position

Kiel University (CAU) sees diversity as a strength. It views diversity among its members, with all their different experiences and talents, as a key prerequisite for its excellence and an asset for the university’s overall development. Kiel University aims to offer an environment in which its members can best achieve and further develop their potential in order to obtain outstanding results across all the major fields of activity. Everyone is given the same opportunities in studying, teaching, research, technology and administration, irrespective of their gender, age, sexual orientation, religion and world-view, disability or chronic illness, social background or race. Kiel University has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to discrimination. The university’s practised culture of diversity and appreciation ensures that it will remain attractive to students, technical and administrative staff as well as lecturers and researchers for the long term.

Our objective

Kiel University pursues the objective of systematically promoting diversity, equal opportunities and anti-discrimination across all areas of university life. This means actively contributing towards treating each other inclusively and respectfully at all levels in order to guarantee the human right to social participation and education as well as the right to a non-discriminatory place to study and work. Kiel University therefore actively advocates developing diversity skills and breaking down existing discrimination. It sees diversity as a strategic interdisciplinary subject and pursues the intersectional approach of diversity mainstreaming. Responsibility for the long-term implementation of this mission lies with all members of the university, overall responsibility lies with the University Board.

Our commitment

Kiel University promotes multiple perspectives and open, unprejudiced exchange in research, teaching, study, transfer, technology and administration. It endeavours to provide accessible and inclusive access to jobs and study places, knowledge and further education as well as advisory services, cultural and sporting activities. It continuously develops its teaching provision and services in accordance with the principles of diversity and ensures staff selection and development procedures are transparent and based on equal opportunities. As a state-run educational institution, Kiel University is aware of its particular social responsibility and will play its part in promoting a diverse society and social justice.