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UMaine Today Magazine


President's Message

President Robert A. Kennedy
President Robert A. Kennedy
 

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While we are proud of the University of Maine's status as a national-level research university, an institution where outstanding scholars work to redefine the borders of new knowledge, it also is important to consider the foundation upon which the research enterprise rests. Without our strong, comprehensive, liberal arts-based undergraduate programs the heart of any university's academic life UMaine would not be nearly as strong, nor would it be able to effectively support the research and development activity that also is an important component of a 21st-century land-grant university.

Unlike any other university in Maine, but similar to the great state universities across the United States, UMaine offers a vast array of academic programs that help our students to learn to think clearly, to communicate effectively and to understand the world around them. As people who are truly educated, our students leave UMaine ready to take leadership roles and to contribute to society in meaningful ways. We are fortunate to have a faculty of learned and accomplished scholars historians, anthropologists, philosophers, economists and experts in so many other disciplines who provide those critical insights that help our students truly learn.

A great many of those UMaine professors are leaders in their fields. Their research and scholarly contributions are on the leading edge of current thinking in important areas, and our students benefit greatly from the close faculty interaction that is so important to us at UMaine.

We have talked a lot recently about partnerships and collaborations the "new model" land-grant university. Several fine institutions have joined with us in enterprises related to important research. I believe that the decision makers at those institutions recognize the true essence of UMaine, and that they appreciate the fact that our students and our faculty members are part of a real community of scholars, where the quest for knowledge is valued above all else.

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