Office of International Affairs

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McMaster University consistently ranks among the world’s Top 100 universities (#94 is 2014-15 Times Higher Education Rankings and #90 in 2014 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.

The Office of International Affairs implements our internationalization strategy with regard to 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 Vice-President of Research and International Affairs and receives strategic guidance from the International Strategy Advisory Group which has representation from across the University.

International News

  • McMaster looks to expand, explore advanced manufacturing partnerships in Italy, UK

    April 27, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster looks to expand, explore advanced manufacturing partnerships in Italy, UK

    Senior leaders from McMaster were recently in Europe on a trip aimed at expanding existing research relationships and exploring new ones.

    Mo Elbestawi, McMaster’s Vice-President of Research & International Affairs, and Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, were in Italy and England on a week-long trip to look at ways of expanding and developing new research relationships in the area of advanced manufacturing.

  • Micro fund to kick-start international research partnerships

    March 2, 2015, Daily News

    Micro fund to kick-start international research partnerships

    Funds are now available to McMaster researchers seeking to explore new international research partnerships.
    The International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) has been reinstated after a hiatus of several years and is intended to provide seed-funding to facilitate initial contact between McMaster researchers and potential global academic and industry partners. The funds are aimed at reducing financial barriers to the formation of new partnerships and at kick-starting joint international research projects and activities

  • Women leaders from Latin America and Canada strengthen ties

    January 29, 2015, Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

    Women leaders from Latin America and Canada strengthen ties

    The 2014 Meeting of the Space for Women Leaders from Higher Education Institutions from the Americas (EMULIES) took place on November 19 in the Canadian capital, thanks to the hospitality of the University of Ottawa. The encounter gathered 25 participants from 6 countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico). Among the attendees, there were Presidents and Vice-Presidents from Latin American and Canadian universities, who represented their respective institutions during this high level rendezvous, including Dr. Allison Sekuler, Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies.

  • New compendium provides snapshot of Mac’s global activities

    January 14, 2015, Daily News

    New compendium provides snapshot of Mac’s global activities

    Compiled by the Global Health Office, the 2014 McMaster International Compendium is intended to provide a snapshot of McMaster’s global activities. Expanding our Reach: Working Together to Internationalize Higher Education showcases the breadth and depth of McMaster’s international activities spanning across all Faculties and engaging faculty, staff and students at all levels. 

  • McMaster to partner with top Israeli universities

    December 19, 2014, McMaster Daily News

    McMaster to partner with top Israeli universities

    McMaster is joining its U15 counterparts on a week-long trip to Israel to expand and explore research and academic cooperation with some of Israel’s top research universities.

  • McMaster to forge new global academic partnerships

    December 8, 2014, McMaster Daily News

    McMaster to forge new global academic partnerships

    McMaster University is part of a relationship-building mission to Turkey to forge new partnerships in research and academic programs, and to strengthen existing ones.

  • McMaster to partner with 'best in the field' to develop water technologies

    November 11, 2014, McMaster Daily News

    McMaster to partner with 'best in the field' to develop water technologies

    McMaster University has signed a major agreement with Chinese and Canadian partners to support research innovation and accelerate the commercialization of new water treatment and quality monitoring technologies.

  • New advisory group to focus on international activities

    October 7, 2014, McMaster Daily News

    New advisory group to focus on international activities

    A new pan-University initiative is underway that will oversee the coordination and planning of international activities at McMaster.

  • New changes to internationalization strategy

    August 29, 2014, Forward with Integrity

    New changes to internationalization strategy

    McMaster has begun to make the structural and strategic changes that will lay the groundwork for the University’s approach to internationalization.

  • Peter Mascher appointed associate vice-president of international affairs

    March 7, 2014, McMaster Daily News

    Peter Mascher appointed associate vice-president of international affairs

    McMaster's Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Peter Mascher as the University's associate vice-president of international affairs.