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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

  • 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.

  • Leading expert helping McMaster develop structures to support study abroad programs

    May 31, 2017, Daily News

    Leading expert helping McMaster develop structures to support study abroad programs

    A leading expert in faculty-led education abroad programming is helping McMaster take steps toward developing the structures and resources needed to support study abroad programs across the university. Mark Eckman, Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s (UWM) Center for International Education, is preparing a report for the Office of International Affairs which will include recommendations for ways to streamline McMaster’s existing study abroad processes, as well as build the administrative functions and faculty development resources needed to support these programs.

  • 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.