Office of International Affairs

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McMaster University consistently ranks among the world’s Top 100 universities (#94 is 2015-16 Times Higher Education Rankings and #83 in 2016 Shanghai Jiaotong Rankings). McMaster University pursues a value-added approach to internationalization informed by our motivation to:

  1. Cooperate for peaceful coexistence and mutual benefit;
  2. Meet international demand for the University’s expertise in research and education; and
  3. Fulfil the civic mission of the University.

Our international strategy is further articulated in our McMaster Model for Global Engagement: A Strategy Document

The Office of International Affairs implements our internationalization strategy via the facilitation of exchange agreements, establishment of institutional linkages and coordination of externally funded international projects and programs. The Office of International Affairs reports to the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and receives strategic guidance from the International Strategy Advisory Group which has representation from across the University.

International News

  • McMaster strengthens ties with leading global post-secondary institutions, industry

    November 14, 2016, The Daily News

    McMaster strengthens ties with leading global post-secondary institutions, industry

    McMaster Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, Peter Mascher, is in Thailand with representatives from some of the world’s top universities to discuss university-private sector collaboration and share best practices in research and innovation.

    Mascher will join global post-secondary and policy leaders, as well as representatives from business and industry, for Higher Education: A Catalyst for Innovative and Sustainable Societies, the 15th general conference of the International Association of Universities, taking place in Bangkok.

  • McMaster welcomes Brazilian delegation from Rio Grande do Sul region

    October 24, 2016, The Office of International Affairs

    McMaster welcomes Brazilian delegation from Rio Grande do Sul region

    On October 18th a 37-person delegation of university faculty and senior administrators from the southernmost Brazilian region of Rio Grande do Sul met with a range of McMaster leaders to explore the potential for future partnerships. The Brazilian visitors were organized under the auspices of the Consórcio das Universidades Comunitárias Gaúchas (COMUNG), a university consortium representing 15 universities with more than 200,000 undergraduate and graduate students located in southern Brazil.

  • New round of IIMF funding for 2016

    September 15, 2016, Office of International Affairs

    New round of IIMF funding for 2016

    It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of Round 3 of the International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF). The IIMF is intended to provide small investments in first-time international research contacts or initiatives, typically originated by individual faculty members. It is meant to reduce the threshold to international research activities and serve as seed funding, ideally leading to joint projects and international partnerships.

  • Summer ESL program builds a bridge between cultures

    August 9, 2016, Daily News

    Summer ESL program builds a bridge between cultures

    Since arriving at McMaster from Shanghai a month ago, Edward Sun says he’s experienced a lot of ‘firsts.’
    His first time traveling outside of Asia; his first time visiting Niagara Falls; his first time eating poutine (which has now become his favourite food); and his first time speaking English with confidence.
    Sun is one of about 280 international students on campus for SummerESL@Mac, a program that offers students between the ages of 14-20 a chance to improve their English language skills, while providing opportunities to experience the post-secondary environment and explore Canadian culture on campus, in the Hamilton community, and in the surrounding region.

  • McMaster must aspire to make a difference in a positive way

    July 4, 2016, Daily News

    McMaster must aspire to make a difference in a positive way

    Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International, recently released The McMaster Model for Global Engagement: A Strategy Document which outlines several key principles and strategic elements intended to guide the development of international activities at McMaster.
    Mascher sat down with the Daily News to talk about this new document and to expand on what global engagement means at McMaster: 
    Why do you think global engagement is such a critical part of a university education?

  • A new model for global engagement at McMaster

    June 29, 2016, Daily News

    A new model for global engagement at McMaster

    McMaster has developed a new framework to guide the university’s approach to global engagement.

    Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International, recently released The McMaster Model for Global Engagement: A Strategy Document which outlines several key principles and strategic elements intended to inform the development of international activities at McMaster.