The main missions of modern universities are
- University and society
The lecture which we’ve listened to today was mostly devoted to the third mission — university and society — as it probably wasn’t as obvious as the previous two.
After watching the lecture and surfing the Internet I can say without any doubts that this mission implies the contribution to the world which should be made by university (by people who study there, to be precise). So students can play a really significant role in development of the city or even the country where they live, they can volunteer and help others and enlarge their opportunities by taking part in significant events and competitions.
So university is not only about science and education, but also — just like Dr. Nikonova thinks — about a life of society, and it’s important to remember that.