The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. "What are we aiming at?" Gilman asked in his installation address. "The encouragement of research ... and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell."
That remains the university’s aim today, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: "Knowledge for the world."