Research university

A research university is a university that is committed to research as a central part of its mission.[3][4][5][6] They can be public or private, and often have well-known brand names.[7] Undergraduate courses at many research universities are often academic rather than vocational and may not prepare students for particular careers, but many employers value degrees from research universities because they teach fundamental life skills such as critical thinking.[8] Globally, research universities are predominantly public universities, with notable exceptions being the United States and Japan.[3]

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, founded in 1876, is considered the first research university in the United States[1]
Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835) is responsible for the Humboldtian model of higher education, which focuses on research on academia.
Nuclear research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a research university, in Madison, Wisconsin, United States, May 2005
The University of Miami, a research university in Coral Gables, Florida, United States, had research expenditures of $358.9 million in 2019.[2]

Institutions of higher education that are not research universities (or do not aspire to that designation, such as liberal arts colleges) instead place more emphasis on student instruction or other aspects of tertiary education, and their faculty members are under less pressure to publish or perish.[9]


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