UF Policy Statements

Undergraduate catalog
Institutional Purpose
The University of Florida is a public, land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research university, one of the most comprehensive in the United States. The university encompasses virtually all academic and professional disciplines. It is the largest and oldest of Florida’s 11 universities and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Its faculty and staff are dedicated to the common pursuit of the university’s threefold mission: teaching, research and service.
The University of Florida belongs to a tradition of great universities. Together with our undergraduate and graduate students, UF faculty participate in an educational process that links the history of Western Europe with the traditions and cultures of all societies, explores the physical and biological universes, and nurtures generations of young people from diverse backgrounds to address the needs of our societies. The university welcomes the full exploration of its intellectual boundaries and supports its faculty and students in the creation of new knowledge and the pursuit of new ideas.
Teaching is a fundamental purpose of this university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research and scholarship are integral to the education process and to the expansion of our understanding of the natural world, the intellect and the senses. Service reflects the university’s obligation to share the benefits of its research and knowledge for the public good.
These three interlocking elements span all of the university’s academic disciplines and represent the university’s commitment to lead and serve the State of Florida, the nation, and the world by pursuing and disseminating new knowledge while building upon the experiences of the past. The University of Florida aspires to advance by strengthening the human condition and improving the quality of life.
Service to Others
An important outcome of a University of Florida education should be a commitment to serving other people. This sense of service should be encouraged throughout the institution by faculty, administration, staff and students. Through experience in helping individuals and the community, students can put into practice the values they learn in the classroom.

UF President Bernie Machen
We want to “define by example how a public research university can best serve the global community.”

Our 21-word mission statement is our brass ring, our goal, our objective, our self-proclaimed destiny. It’s the reason we’re here, the reason we teach, toil in laboratories and do outreach outside the walls of campus. It’s our guiding light: “Providing an unparalleled experience where the very best create and share knowledge to serve the people of Florida and the world.” Our mission statement is really a mission of purpose. It’s a reminder of why the University of Florida exists, but, more importantly, it’s a call to action for each of us who believe in the University of Florida’s potential to positively impact humankind.

Graduate School Catalog
Graduate education is an integral component of a major research university that impacts education at all levels. The mission of graduate education at the University of Florida is to produce individuals with advanced knowledge in their fields, who appreciate learning and are constant learners, and who are prepared to address creatively issues of significance to the local and global community for improving the quality of life. Essential to this mission is an environment that fosters
– Effective transmission of knowledge for future generations.
– Inquiry and critical analysis.
– Acquisition of skills contributing to success and leadership in academic and creative arenas and in the world of practice.
Application of that knowledge in service to Florida, the nation, and the international community.

Office of Technology Licensing
The Office of Technology licensing at the University of Florida was established in 1985 to work with inventors to facilitate the transfer of technologies created at UF to the commercial sector for public benefit. We are dedicated to assisting employees who feel they have something new and useful, that is potentially patentable or copyrightable.
New Ventures
The University of Florida believes entrepreneurship is vital to its mission and strongly supports efforts to commercialize your invention. It does so for the following reasons:
– To transfer technology to the private sector for public good
– To enhance the likelihood of commercial success
– To create jobs for students and the local community
Success Stories
The Office of Technology Licensing has helped transfer hundreds of technologies from the University of Florida to private industry. Once in the marketplace, these technologies improve the lives of millions, benefiting society and creating jobs to support and grow our community. The links at the bottom of the page provide more information on just a few of the technologies created by UF researchers and licensed to our industry partners. Other examples of the positive results our efforts yield include:
– UF faculty create new technologies for the public good; Technology Licensing staff help navigate the business processes necessary to get those technologies into the hands of consumers.
– Patenting and commercialization activity enables the university to recruit, reward, and retain faculty and students.
– University-industry collaborations often lead to long-term partnerships, creating a pipeline for innovations to swiftly reach the market for which they were created – these partnerships also present job opportunities for UF students.
– Tech transfer generates tremendous economic growth for our community, our state, and the world. Such momentum is evident in the companies that have spun-off from UF and are creating jobs and products for the good of society.

OTL Director David Day
This is what tech transfer is all about, serving faculty and community by getting as much of UF’s science as possible into play so that people can benefit from it.

UF Biotechnology Program associate director
At the same time, as one of the organizers of a biotechnology trade organization called BioFlorida, Schuster is making a public bid to position Florida as “the epicenter of regenerative health and biotechnology research and company development within five years.” Jani Sherrard, associate director of the UF Biotechnology Program, says the time is right for both.
“Universities are like diamonds in the rough; we’re tripping over powerfully beneficial ideas that need industry support to develop high-quality marketable products efficiently,” she said. “There is greater receptiveness today to the tremendous intellectual capital spawned by university scientists and better awareness of the utility and human value of university-industry partnerships.
What’s driving this is the obvious potential for public good,” Sherrard said.

Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Initiative
The University of Florida will realize a number of benefits from forming a formal Bioinformatics Program. Federal agencies now recognize the importance of this discipline and are funding initiatives to establish Bioinformatics programs nationwide. The UF Bioinformatics Program should be a permanent self-sustaining program designed to prepare students, support academic research and promote the transfer of technology for the public benefit.


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