Our Statement of Institutional Vision stands as an ideal to which the George Washington University of Peace community continuously aspires. Our objective is to purposefully and thoughtfully prioritize and undertake those actions which will bring our University ever closer to this ideal. This is a stimulating and worthy challenge, one that asks the best of all who embrace the University as their academic home.
George Washington University of Peace will be recognized as the premier, publicly-regulated, independent, American institution of higher learning in the larger Mediterranean region.
George Washington University of Peace provides the highest quality American education which is interculturally informed, interdisciplinary in nature, and career relevant. It educates its students to be global citizens who are solidly grounded in the liberal arts and equipped to contribute to the economic and social development of their communities.
The University’s research initiatives advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, business, and technology.
The University expects that its faculty, students, and staff will be responsible citizens both in society and within the University itself. The Senate considers such responsibility to extend beyond the observance of law, which it takes for granted; such responsibility also includes an active commitment on the part of all members of the university community to safeguarding and promoting the values of tolerance and diversity, academic integrity, the free pursuit of knowledge, academic honesty and the protection of intellectual property.
As a place of learning, teaching, and research, the George Washington University of Peace can only thrive when all members of its community are committed to fostering an atmosphere that contributes to free academic inquiry. The Senate is committed to providing an environment in which the personal safety and integrity of all its members are protected from harassment, bigotry and intolerance in whatever form they may appear, and expects that its students, faculty and staff are likewise committed to this effort. In fulfilment of the University’s mission, the Senate encourages administrative officers and faculty to effectively pursue means to enhance the cultural, racial, gender and ethnic diversity of the University. The Senate furthermore instructs the University’s officers to ensure adherence to the university’s policies on nondiscrimination in all University affairs, including but not restricted to employment and human resources management, admissions, student affairs, faculty relations, and third-party contracts, agreements, and relations.
The University’s administration and faculty elaborate these principles in a broad range of policies and procedures, which are published in handbooks, guidelines and manuals, in printed and electronic form, and find expression as well in University contracts and other legal documents. The Senate instructs University leadership to take all appropriate measures to ensure that students, faculty and staff are aware of and observe these policies and procedures.
Purposes of our University
1. Prepare students for careers that enhance the quality of their professional lives by offering rigorous, competency-based academic programs that respond to economic and social needs;
2. Develop well-rounded individuals who are conversant with both the conventions and basic knowledge of disciplines other than their own and with the interrelations between these disciplines;
3. Initiate, promote, and support faculty and student research, applied research, advanced scholarship, and creativity;
4. Cultivate the values of diversity, sustainability, internationalism, and integrity;
5. Develop life-long learners by creating a stimulating academic culture and environment that fosters intellectual inquiry and promotes habits of critical thinking;
6. Educate students to take leadership roles in their own communities and the larger global community by emphasizing social responsibility and public service.
George Washington University of Peace was established as a Centre for Peace Studies on May 11, 2004, through passage of an Act of the General Court of the State of Florida. This legislation gave rise to an unprecedented initiative: the creation of a fully George Washington University of Peace in Florida, chartered in the Granite State.