Institute vs. Institution

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Institute and Institution is that the Institute is a organisational body created for a certain purpose and Institution is a structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community.

  • Institute

    An institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose.

    Often they are research organisations (research institutions) created to do research on specific topics. An institute can also be a professional body, or one involved in adult education, see Mechanics’ Institutes.

    In some countries institutes can be part of a university or other institutions of higher education, either as a group of departments or an autonomous educational institution without a traditional university status such as a “university Institute”. (See Institute of Technology)

    The word “institute” comes from the Latin word institutum meaning “facility” or “habit”; from instituere meaning “build”, “create”, “raise” or “educate”.

    In some countries, such as South Korea and Japan, private schools are sometimes referred to as institutes, rather than schools. In Spain secondary schools are referred to as institutes.

  • Institution

    Institutions are “stable, valued, recurring patterns of behavior”. As structures or mechanisms of social order, they govern the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern living behavior.

    The term “institution” commonly applies to both informal institutions such as customs, or behavior patterns important to a society, and to particular formal institutions created by entities such as the government and public services. Primary or meta-institutions are institutions such as the family that are broad enough to encompass other institutions.

    As structures and mechanisms of social order, institutions are a principal object of study in social sciences such as political science, anthropology, economics, and sociology (the latter described by Émile Durkheim as the “science of institutions, their genesis and their functioning”). Institutions are also a central concern for law, the formal mechanism for political rule-making and enforcement.

  • Institute (noun)

    An organization founded to promote a cause

    “I work in a medical research institute.”

  • Institute (noun)

    An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects

  • Institute (noun)

    The building housing such an institution

  • Institute (noun)

    The act of instituting; institution.

  • Institute (noun)

    That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law, habit, or custom.

  • Institute (noun)

    The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.

  • Institute (verb)

    To begin or initiate (something); to found.

    “He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.”

  • Institute (verb)

    To train, instruct.

  • Institute (verb)

    To nominate; to appoint.

  • Institute (verb)

    To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.

  • Institute (adjective)

    Established; organized; founded.

  • Institution (noun)

    A custom or practice of a society or community.

    “The institution of marriage is present in many cultures but its details vary widely across them.”

  • Institution (noun)

    An organization similarly long established and respected, particularly one involved with education, public service, or charity work.

    “The University of the South Pacific is the only internationally-accredited institution of higher education in Oceania.”

  • Institution (noun)

    The building or buildings which house such an organization.

    “He’s been in an institution since the crash.”

  • Institution (noun)

    Other places or businesses similarly long established and respected.

    “Over time, the local pub has become something of an institution.”

  • Institution (noun)

    A person similarly long established in a place, position, or field.

    “She’s not just any old scholar; she is an institution.”

  • Institution (noun)

    The act of instituting something.

    “The institution of higher speed limits was a popular move but increased the severity of crashes.”

  • Institution (noun)

    That which institutes or instructs, particularly a textbook or system of elements or rules.


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