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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

  • 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.

  • Canadian university leaders visit the Netherlands to strengthen ties

    May 26, 2016, The Daily News

    Canadian university leaders visit the Netherlands to strengthen ties

    A delegation of Canadian university leaders including McMaster's Acting Vice-President Research Allison Sekuler was in the Netherlands this week to explore further partnership opportunities between the two countries and share best practices in university research and innovation.
    From May 23 to 26, presidents and senior representatives from 14 Canadian universities met with Dutch counterparts, government officials and private sector stakeholders. Canada is a preferred partner in higher education for the Netherlands.

  • McMaster signs MOUs with Palestinian universities in the West Bank

    May 24, 2016, Office of International Affairs

    McMaster signs MOUs with Palestinian universities in the West Bank

    McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, Peter Mascher recently joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on a week-long trade mission to Israel and the West Bank. McMaster was among a select group of universities taking part in the mission, which focused on reinforcing Ontario's place as a leading centre for innovation in the sciences and the knowledge economy, as well as establishing stronger ties with notable universities in the region. During his visit to the West Bank, Mascher was also joined by Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education in Palestine, Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority, Katherine Verrier-Fréchette.

  • New scholarship offers a bridge from Middle East to McMaster

    May 19, 2016, The Office of International Affairs

    New scholarship offers a bridge from Middle East to McMaster

    A new scholarship, sponsored by McMaster in collaboration with the Daughters for Life Foundation, is offering exceptional young women from the Middle East a chance for a post-secondary education they would not otherwise receive. Each year, a female student from the region will be awarded a full undergraduate scholarship at the University.
    McMaster’s Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, announced the scholarship with Daughters for Life founder, Izzeldin Abuelaish while in Ramallah during a mission to Israel and the West Bank led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

  • McMaster to learn from Israel’s “start-up” expertise

    May 18, 2016, Daily News

    McMaster to learn from Israel’s “start-up” expertise

    McMaster is exploring Research and Development (R&D) and commercialization opportunities in Israel–widely described as a “start-up nation”– as part of a week-long business mission to the Middle East led by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
    Earlier this week, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President International Affairs, Peter Mascher signed memoranda of understanding with two of Israel’s leading post-secondary institutions, Hebrew University (HU) of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, where he was joined by Jeffrey Wagman and Stephen Adler, Chairman and Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University, respectively.

  • McMaster to join Premier’s delegation to the Middle East

    May 12, 2016, Daily News

    McMaster to join Premier’s delegation to the Middle East

    McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs, Peter Mascher, will join Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on a week-long business mission to Israel and the West Bank.
    McMaster is among a select group of Universities taking part in the mission, which will focus on establishing Ontario as a top innovation and knowledge economy partner in life sciences and as an investment destination for businesses.

  • DAAD Visits McMaster University

    April 5, 2016, DAAD North America

    DAAD Visits McMaster University

    McMaster University was pleased to welcome a delegation including representatives from the German Embassy in Ottawa, the German Consulate in Toronto and both DAAD's
    New York and Toronto offices on March 30th. German Consul General Mr. Walter Stechel, Dr. Nina Lemmens (DAAD New York) and Mr. Marcus Stadthaus (First Secretary (Science, Energy, Environment), German Embassy Ottawa) met with President Dr. Patrick Deane, Acting Vice-President Research Dr. Alison Sekuler and Associate Vice-President International Dr. Peter Mascher. They were joined by the Directors of our Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) Centre, a joint effort between McMaster and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology. For more information please read DAAD Toronto's most recent newsletter.

  • McMaster visits universities in West Bank and Israel

    March 18, 2016, Office of International Affairs

    McMaster visits universities in West Bank and Israel

    As part of McMaster’s ongoing academic engagement in Israel and the West Bank, Dr. Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President of International Affairs was welcomed by Dr. Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education for the Palestinian Authority during a recent visit to the region.

    Dr. Mascher was joined by the Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority, Katherine Verrier-Fréchette, and the Head of the Political Section at the Representative Office of Canada, Sidney Fisher. Also present from Palestinian Authority were the Acting Director, International and General Relations, Nisreen Yasser Amro, and the Director, International Relations, Nadim Mkhalfeh.

  • McMaster joins Premier Wynne in India

    February 2, 2016, Daily News

    McMaster joins Premier Wynne in India

    McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President, International Affairs Peter Mascher is among a select number of delegates currently travelling with Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne on a week-long business and higher education mission to India. During the first stop in New Delhi, McMaster signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with two of India’s top research institutions: the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) Kanpur, and the ITT Roorkee.

  • Mac researchers receive funding to kick-start international partnerships

    December 15, 2015, Daily News

    Mac researchers receive funding to kick-start international partnerships

    Working with experts in China to make wearable technologies more efficient. Establishing an archaeological project in Bolivia. Collecting tumour tissue samples to learn more about breast cancer in women of African ancestry. These are just some of the 19 projects that recently received funding in the second round of the International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF), which is administered through the Office of International Affairs and provides seed funding to kick-start international partnerships and joint international research activities.

  • McMaster signs MOUs with some of China’s leading universities

    November 30, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster signs MOUs with some of China’s leading universities

    McMaster University has entered into memoranda of understanding with some of China’s leading universities while at a research and development summit held earlier this month in Nanjing, China.

    The summit, which was co-chaired by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Jiangsu Province party secretary Luo Zhijun, included representatives from the Jiangsu Province Department of Education, the presidents of several leading universities in China and a delegation from the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).

  • McMaster remains among top 100 world universities in Times Higher Ed rankings

    October 1, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster remains among top 100 world universities in Times Higher Ed rankings

    McMaster has maintained its position among the top 100 universities in the world according to the latest Times Higher Education rankings released Wednesday.

    The rankings once again place McMaster 94th in the world, making it one of only four Canadian universities in the top 100.

  • New funds to kick-start international research partnerships

    September 2, 2015, Daily News

    New funds to kick-start international research partnerships

    A second round of funds is now available to McMaster researchers seeking to explore new international research partnerships. The International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) is intended to provide seed-funding for first-time international research contacts or initiatives, typically originated by individual faculty members.

    A second round of funds is now available to McMaster researchers seeking to explore new international research partnerships.

    The International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) is intended to provide seed-funding for first-time international research contacts or initiatives, typically originated by individual faculty members.

    - See more at: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/new-funds-to-kick-start-internation...

  • McMaster ranks among the top 100 universities in the world

    August 24, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster ranks among the top 100 universities in the world

    McMaster University has once again been named among the top 100 universities in the world by a prestigious international ranking system. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published each August by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has ranked McMaster 96th in the world. 

  • McMaster welcomes Israeli ambassador to campus

    August 20, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster welcomes Israeli ambassador to campus

    McMaster continues to work toward developing strategic research connections between the University and Israel.
    Rafael Barak, Ambassador of Israel to Canada and DJ Schneeweiss, Israeli Consul General to Toronto and Western Canada, recently spent the day at McMaster, meeting with University leaders to discuss ways to create deeper research and academic collaborations between McMaster and some of Israel’s leading post-secondary institutions.

  • McMaster building bridges with Brazilian universities

    June 30, 2015, Daily News

    McMaster building bridges with Brazilian universities

    McMaster has taken another step toward building academic, research and cultural bridges with post-secondary institutions in Brazil.

    Representatives from the Association of Brazilian Rectors of State and Municipal Universities (ABRUEM)* were recently on campus to explore opportunities to create and expand institutional partnerships between McMaster and Brazilian universities.

  • Global Health Program Represented at Meetings with King and Queen of the Netherlands

    May 29, 2015, McMaster Global Health

    Global Health Program Represented at Meetings with King and Queen of the Netherlands

    His Excellency James Lambert, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, has called McMaster’s MSc in Global Health – a joint program with Maastricht University in the Netherlands – a “big story” in the context of Canadian-Dutch relations. The program represents more than a collaboration between two universities – it’s a union that binds our two countries through years of strong partnership

  • 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.

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