Office of International Affairs

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McMaster University consistently ranks among the world’s Top 100 universities (#66 in 2017 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

  • 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.

  • McMaster explores research, academic partnerships with universities in Vietnam

    January 3, 2018, Brighter World

    McMaster explores research, academic partnerships with universities in Vietnam

    McMaster’s Vice-Provost, International Affairs Peter Mascher has signed a series of framework agreements with leading universities in Vietnam that lay the groundwork for potential research and academic partnerships. Mascher, who was in Vietnam as part of a two-week-long business mission to the region led by Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, signed four memoranda of understanding (MOU) with universities in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

  • Mini-Conference on Electoral Malpractice in East and Southeast Asia

    September 11, 2017, News Source: Netina Tan

    Mini-Conference on Electoral Malpractice in East and Southeast Asia

    A mini-conference, co-organized  on Electoral Malpractice in East and Southeast Asia co-organized by Dr. Netina Tan (McMaster University) and Dr. Kharis Templeman (Stanford University) was held at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco on September 2nd, 2017. The mini-conference featured a group of internationally renown scholars on electoral politics and democratization in Asia including Larry Diamond (Stanford University); Allen Hicken (University of Michigan); Carolien Van Ham (University of New South Wales), Jorgen Elklit (Aarhus University); Meredith Weiss (SUNY Albany) and many others. The mini-conference was supported by grants from McMaster’s International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) and Social Sciences Humanities and Research Council (SSHRC) and featured six research panels to investigate the causes, types and effects of electoral malpractice in East and Southeast Asia. For more on the conference program see https://netinatan.com/electoral-malpractice-in-east-and-southeast-asia-2017/. For more information on McMaster’s International Initiatives Micro Fund (IIMF) see https://oia.mcmaster.ca/partnerships.

  • Conference explores what Canada can learn from the Colombian peace process

    May 31, 2017, Daily News

    Conference explores what Canada can learn from the Colombian peace process

    fter half a century of violent conflict, Colombia is in the midst of implementing an historic peace agreement aimed at achieving truth, justice and reconciliation. What have been the successes and challenges of this process? And what are the lessons for Canada? Nicolas Lloreda, Ambassador of Colombia to Canada and Justice Danilo Rojas, former Chief Justice of Colombia’s highest court recently took part in a public event co-sponsored by Peter Mascher, McMaster’s Associate Vice-President, International, that explored these questions and more.