The University of Georgia (UGA), as a land-grant and sea-grant university, has the tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service. The central role of research in this three-fold mission is reflected in the UGA motto, "To teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things."
Research gives a university its intellectual vitality and distinguishes it from all other educational institutions. A university's research mission includes teaching not only how to answer, but also how to question. For UGA students, the most important part of education must be the capacity for critical thinking.