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 explores international partnerships during trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai

    March 2, 2017, Daily News

    McMaster explores international partnerships during trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai

     

    Peter Mascher, McMaster’s associate vice-president, International Affairs, is in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week connecting with McMaster alumni and meeting with representatives from some of Hong Kong’s and Mainland China’s top universities.

    In Hong Kong, Mascher attended the Annual General Meeting of the McMaster Alumni Executive Committee, Hong Kong branch, organized by McMaster’s Alumni Office and held at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao. Consul General, Jeff Nankivell, along with a number of McMaster alumni now living in Hong Kong, were in attendance.

  • McMaster researchers receive funding to pursue international partnerships

    January 31, 2017, Daily News

    McMaster researchers receive funding to pursue international partnerships

    Understanding the impact of climate change on glaciers in Peru. Altering vehicle design to protect soldiers in combat environments. Developing a new framework to help Syrian newcomers integrate and find work.
    These are just a few of the 15 projects that have received funding in the most recent round of the International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF).
    The program, administered through the Office of International Affairs, provides seed funding to kick-start international partnerships and joint international research activities.

  • University leaders look to expand international partnerships with visit to India

    January 11, 2017, Daily News

    University leaders look to expand international partnerships with visit to India

    A team of McMaster leaders is in India this week meeting university representatives, policymakers and alumni in and around New Delhi.

    The group, which includes associate vice-president of international affairs Peter Mascher, DeGroote School of Business Dean Len Waverman and Engineering Dean Ishwar Puri, has met with potential partners at the India Institute of Technology and the University of Delhi, explored possible joint research initiatives with Bharti Airtel, and will visit two Satya Bharti schools, which provide education for children living in marginalized communities.

  • 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.