THE RICE POSITION
At Rice, we believe nothing is impossible. There is no “what if” that cannot become “what is.” It just takes radical thinking to get there and a community of brilliant dreamers and doers to lead the way. That’s why we challenge convention at every turn: from the very way we live, to the teaching and research approaches we take, to the solutions we find, to the way we collaborate, to the way we insist on advancing tomorrow’s thinking, because today’s is not far enough. It sounds like a lot from a small university, but that’s what makes us special. That’s what gives us Unconventional Wisdom.
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We are collaborative, transparent and focused on building meaningful relationships.
As an interdisciplinary institution, we believe collaboration is an incredibly important means of approaching every challenge and opportunity with a holistic perspective. As such, we stress the importance of relationships — whether by exploring the connections within seemingly disparate ideas or building bridges between students, professors, schools and our surrounding community.
We are in constant pursuit of wisdom and commit ourselves to this endless exploration.
Our world is one of infinite inquiry. As a leading research institution, we understand the importance, potential and responsibility of exploring new and existing ideas. We approach this challenge without hubris to humbly refine and bolster knowledge — even when new discoveries alter or overhaul our existing understanding.
We are curious and imaginative and maintain a sense of wonder in all we do.
Wonder is one of the most potent drivers of a comprehensive education. Rather than accepting our world at face value, we encourage our students and faculty to maintain a strong sense of imagination in their work. We believe that by maintaining a sense of wonder in all that we do, we perpetuate the joy of learning and make that experience meaningful by uncovering new potentials and possibilities for a better future.
We believe in individual ability and empower people to be themselves.
We believe that by empowering people to be themselves, they’re better equipped to create positive impact. Our culture at Rice is uniquely accepting — and this strongly engrained sense of belonging at Rice enables our students, faculty and staff to explore the best aspects of their personalities and interests.