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Mission of the Office of the Provost



Since its establishment in 1992, the Provost's Office at Harvard has sought to foster collaboration across the University and manage changes in policies and practices that affect the academic life of the university as a whole.

The Office and its Provost, Dr. Alan Garber, have broad responsibility for a variety of University-wide activities including:

  • Fostering interfaculty collaboration in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities;
  • Improving Harvard’s performance in building a diverse pipeline of scholars and in developing scholars at all stages of the academic career ladder;
  • Advancing university-wide approaches to compliance and research policy;
  • Oversight and coordination of international activities;
  • Support for University cultural and artistic entities and projects;
  • Oversight of academic and administrative computing initiatives undertaken by the University’s Central Administration Information Technology group;
  • Oversight of activities pertaining to intellectual property, technology transfer, research collaborations with industry, and trademark licensing.