Its roots in the Christian tradition lead it to believe that faith in God, as well as giving meaning to life, inspires and stimulates an ever deeper and more critical understanding of any truly human cultural process. Conversely, it recognises that culture, science and technology offer valuable tools for updating the understanding of the Christian message. All of these factors make the university a place for meeting and dialogue between faith and knowledge, transcendental hope and the quest for a more human future for all. This is what its status as a University of the Church mainly consists of.
Likewise, the University of Deusto has been associated, since its inception, with the mission of the Society of Jesus. It is thus part of a worldwide university network and a teaching tradition centred on the person as the prevalent value. Today it also shares the belief that the service of faith entails the promotion of justice. This is why it is committed to making its voice heard wherever man and society compromise their future through reflection on culture and in dialogue with social actors; in particular, in respect for life, the universal implementation of human rights, the fair distribution of goods, the cultivation of peace and the safeguarding of nature.
Within the universal horizon of knowledge and the general interest in human affairs, which characterise the university, the University of Deusto feels particularly close to Basque society, which it wishes to serve as a university institution, both in its cultural needs and in social, technical and economic development at all levels.
The focus on the individual ultimately leads this University to conceive university life as a community of men and women who strive to provide a model of coexistence in which respectful dialogue facilitates relations of collaboration and friendship.