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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement, long

Through teaching and collaborative research, SEAS discovers, designs, and creates novel technologies and approaches to societal challenges—in service to the world, the nation, and our community. We bridge disciplines, both within engineering and the applied sciences and beyond, to prepare broadly trained leaders, to advance foundational science, and to achieve translational impact.

Mission Statement, short

SEAS is where engineering, foundational science and the liberal arts converge. Through education and research, we address global challenges and serve society.


By playing an important role in the education of all Harvard students and shaping Harvard’s identity as a university, SEAS will train the next generation of leaders. Our vision is for a SEAS that is…

  • Diverse and Inclusive – A collaborative, tightly-knit community of scholars, educators and innovators, SEAS will be a model for diversity and inclusion at Harvard and beyond.
  • World-changing – Our research and education will make a difference to people's lives, and will benefit humanity.
  • Contextual – By melding rigorous analytical thinking within a liberal arts context, SEAS will prepare the next generation of ethical, engaged, visionary and innovative leaders.
  • Convergent – SEAS will be a point of intersection and impact for many disciplines and for many Schools.
  • Agile – SEAS will catalyze new opportunities enabled by an expanded campus, growing enrollments, and an increased array of partnerships and programs.