Mission & Vission
THE UNIVERSITY’S VISION
The University of Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and wider community.
The mission of the University is to provide high quality education of international standards contributing to the advancement of knowledge that is socially and ethically relevant, and applying that knowledge to the scientific, technological and social- economic development of our nation and the wider world.
CHARTER OF ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
Preamble: In lumine tuo videbimus lumen "In Thy light we see light"
The University of Fort Hare recognizes that any institution or community is ultimately governed by norms, values and belief systems that reflect its distinctive identity, traditions and orientation. The university believes that knowledge is a positive force only if integrated with values and that it should provide a nurturing context of strong ethical norms and principles. In the absence of such values, knowledge could be a destructive force. This Charter therefore presents the crucial value-framework that defines the ethos of the University of Fort Hare. It guides the university‟s vision, mission, corporate goals and strategic objectives. It serves as a reference point for all its academic and administrative policies, programmes and procedures and it binds the entire university community by shared ethical principles and values. The Charter is relevant to our rights and responsibilities, as Fort Harians, in relation to each other, the wider society and the environment. Ultimately, it seeks to inspire all people to live with nobility, dignity and an active conscience.
The University of Fort Hare will always be the crucible where many of the critical ideas of South Africa‟s democracy, liberation, reconciliation and forgiveness germinated, developed and strengthened and it eventually reverberated throughout the country, the continent of Africa and around the globe. The Charter therefore naturally resonates with the principles and values that underlie the Freedom Charter, the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The Fort Hare Charter has grown out of an inclusive developmental process that involved the entire university community. It offers to all its members the ethical principles and values listed below, in order to guide us on our journey of discovery, exploration and realization of our intellectual and unique human potentialities. Without such ethical guidelines all teaching, learning, research and community service are of little value.
The University of Fort Hare Community is:
- Inspired by the heritage of the university and the contribution it has made to leadership, liberation and service to humanity;
- Accepting that the purposes of education include the realization of our humanity as well as our responsibility to self, family and community;
- Recognizing that in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, the university, as an institution of higher learning, shall maintain in all that it does an unwavering focus on excellence;
- Affirming that a crucial role of education is to instil in students respect, tolerance and social responsibility in an environment of academic freedom, dialogue, friendship and understanding.
The University of Fort Hare Community hereby accepts this Charter and commits itself to living by and promoting the principles and values listed below:
PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
1. To ensure that the universal values of justice, integrity, discipline, love, kindness, non-injury and concern for the wellbeing of others shall serve as a source of our thought, speech and action.
2. To respect and affirm the dignity, equality, freedom and rich cultural diversity of all human beings as the basis for peace and social justice.
3. To commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth, intellectual honesty, openness to ideas and excellence through the attainment of the highest professional and ethical standards in teaching, learning, research and community service.
4. To endorse and encourage the endeavour for academic success as being critically linked with the striving towards an ever-deepening expression of our humanity.
5. To uphold and honour the dignity of the university, to preserve its heritage, spirit and assets and to observe its statute, rules and regulations as well as the laws of the country.
6. To encourage an orientation of imaginative, collaborative, problem-solving and entrepreneurial thinking in addressing the challenges that we face.
7. As a staff member, to be a responsible, caring mentor in all our dealings with students and with each other.
8. To not discriminate, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of birth, race, colour, national, ethnic or social origin, gender, age, illness or disability, language, culture, political or other opinion, religion, conscience, belief, marital status, pregnancy or sexual orientation.
9. To be ever conscious of the need to develop a responsible relationship with the earth and to understand our critical role to protect and preserve it for future generations.
10. To undertake teaching and research that will responsibly harness the benefits of all the sciences for the well-being of humanity, being conscious of the harm inherent in the irresponsible use of knowledge.