Today, our public and private research universities are educating tomorrow’s leaders while still answering the calls for solutions to our nation’s problems. These universities:
- educate thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to be the next generation of leaders in their professional or academic fields and in their communities;
- conduct groundbreaking research and scholarship central to innovation and economic growth, and to advancements in health, technology, energy, national security, and knowledge in the full array of disciplines; and
- are committed to service: by transferring discoveries to the marketplace, by improving education at all levels of society, and by contributing to economic development in their states and communities.
Much of the modern advances we enjoy today are a direct result of this extraordinary partnership. MRI’s, smartphones, the internet, chemotherapy, and other biomedical advances are possible because of our nation’s historically profound commitment to research and education. AAU and its member universities are committed to renewing and fostering this partnership to ensure American society can continue to reap its benefits.