Office of International Affairs

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McMaster University consistently ranks among the world’s Top 100 universities (#86 in 2018 Shanghai Jiaotong Rankings and #78 is 2018 Times Higher Education 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

  • “We are so privileged as Canadians – we want to do everything in our power to help”

    July 6, 2018, Daily News

    “We are so privileged as Canadians – we want to do everything in our power to help”

    It’s the largest and most densely populated refugee camp in the world. Located in the district of Cox’s Bazaar in southeastern Bangladesh, the Kutupalong–Balukhali camp is now home to more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who were forced to flee the ethnic violence in their home country of Myanmar. With tens of thousands of families living in makeshift huts crammed onto muddy hillsides, infrastructure and services in the camp are overstretched and concerns over water quality and sanitation are rising.

  • McMaster hosts international seminar on global engagement in higher education

    May 17, 2018, Daily News

    McMaster hosts international seminar on global engagement in higher education

    Leaders from universities around the world are at McMaster this week to take part in a unique five-day seminar aimed at exploring internationalization in higher education and what it means to be a globally engaged leader.

    Organized by the International Association of Universities(IAU) and hosted by McMaster’s Office of International Affairs, Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) is bringing university leaders from Ghana, South Africa, Romania, the U.K., Thailand, the U.S., Canada and Colombia together to strengthen their leadership skills, as well as to discuss opportunities, challenges and strategies related to global engagement in higher education.

  • Mac researchers receive seed-funding to kick-start global partnerships

    April 27, 2018, Daily News

    Mac researchers receive seed-funding to kick-start global partnerships

    Working with researchers in Japan to develop systems for water quality monitoring. Exploring how marriage ties between large business families affect the industrial structure of South Korea and Taiwan. Collaborating with international partners to use musical principles to improve auditory interfaces in medical devices. These are just some of the 25 projects funded in the latest round of the International Initiatives Micro Fund(IIMF), a program that provides seed-funding to McMaster researchers to kick-start the development of international partnerships and joint research activities.

  • McMaster students offer their solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges

    March 28, 2018, Daily News

    McMaster students offer their solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges

    From improving access to life-saving C-sections for women in developing countries, to increasing the public’s awareness of the health of our oceans,  teams of McMaster students recently presented their ideas for taking action on some of the worlds’ most pressing problems.

    The students were taking part in the McMaster round of the World’s Challenge Challenge, an international competition developed at Western University, which is aimed at bringing together teams of students to present innovative solutions that address global issues identified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Workshop lays groundwork for future collaboration with French research community

    February 8, 2018, Daily News

    Workshop lays groundwork for future collaboration with French research community

    A joint workshop hosted by McMaster and Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) – the European Union’s largest fundamental science agency – has laid the groundwork for future partnerships that could lead to new research collaborations, and expanded opportunities for graduate students.
    The three-day event, held recently on campus, brought McMaster researchers together with more than 30 researchers from some of France’s top universities, as well as from the CNRS, to exchange scientific knowledge, strengthen existing partnerships, and develop new research and academic collaborations in the areas of materials science, theoretical chemistry, and pure and applied mathematics.

  • Call for proposals: International Initiatives Micro Fund

    January 8, 2018, Daily News

    Call for proposals: International Initiatives Micro Fund

    McMaster’s Office of International Affairs has announced a fourth round of funding for new international research initiatives through 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. Individual investments are normally limited to $5,000 and it is expected that up to 10 such investments will be made in this Round.