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

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

    July 6, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster hosts international seminar on global engagement in higher education

    McMaster hosts international seminar on global engagement in higher education

    May 17, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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

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

    April 27, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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

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

    March 28, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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  • Workshop lays groundwork for future collaboration with French research community

    Workshop lays groundwork for future collaboration with French research community

    February 8, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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  • Call for proposals: International Initiatives Micro Fund

    Call for proposals: International Initiatives Micro Fund

    January 8, 2018, Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster explores research, academic partnerships with universities in Vietnam

    McMaster explores research, academic partnerships with universities in Vietnam

    January 3, 2018, Brighter World

    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.

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

    Mini-Conference on Electoral Malpractice in East and Southeast Asia

    September 11, 2017, News Source: Netina Tan

    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.

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

    Leading expert helping McMaster develop structures to support study abroad programs

    May 31, 2017, Daily News

    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.

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

    Conference explores what Canada can learn from the Colombian peace process

    May 31, 2017, Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster explores international partnerships during trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai

    McMaster explores international partnerships during trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai

    March 2, 2017, Daily News

     

    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.

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  • McMaster researchers receive funding to pursue international partnerships

    McMaster researchers receive funding to pursue international partnerships

    January 31, 2017, Daily News

    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.

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

    University leaders look to expand international partnerships with visit to India

    January 11, 2017, Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster strengthens ties with leading global post-secondary institutions, industry

    McMaster strengthens ties with leading global post-secondary institutions, industry

    November 14, 2016, The Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster welcomes Brazilian delegation from Rio Grande do Sul region

    McMaster welcomes Brazilian delegation from Rio Grande do Sul region

    October 24, 2016, The Office of International Affairs

    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.

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  • New round of IIMF funding for 2016

    New round of IIMF funding for 2016

    September 15, 2016, Office of International Affairs

    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.

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  • Summer ESL program builds a bridge between cultures

    Summer ESL program builds a bridge between cultures

    August 9, 2016, Daily News

    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.

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  • McMaster must aspire to make a difference in a positive way

    McMaster must aspire to make a difference in a positive way

    July 4, 2016, Daily News

    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?

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  • A new model for global engagement at McMaster

    A new model for global engagement at McMaster

    June 29, 2016, Daily News

    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.

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  • Canadian university leaders visit the Netherlands to strengthen ties

    Canadian university leaders visit the Netherlands to strengthen ties

    May 26, 2016, The Daily News

    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.

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