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Institutional Priorities and Strategic Goals: 2021-2022

McMaster Institutional Priorities and Strategic Goals

McMaster University continues to earn its international reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and learning, innovation, and creativity.

This year, McMaster was again ranked one of only two universities in Ontario and one of only four in Canada among the world’s top 100 universities (Times Higher Education).

McMaster University continues to rank among the country’s most research-intensive universities – for both graduate students and faculty members – in the annual ranking of the country’s top 50 research universities. Research Infosource 2021 ranked McMaster first in graduate student research intensity and second in faculty research intensity.

We serve our community and society by nurturing and supporting the fulfillment of human potential: inspiring creativity and critical thinking, promoting an enduring love of learning and the habit of inquiry, and undertaking innovative research that extends the boundaries and enhances the efficacy of knowledge. We are committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being, and ultimately to creating a brighter world for all.

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Vision Statement

Impact, Ambition and Transformation through Excellence, Inclusion and Community: Advancing Human and Societal Health and Well-Being.

Mission Statement Learn More

At McMaster, our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge.

Strategic Priorities Learn More

McMaster’s Institutional Priorities and Strategic Framework for 2021 to 2024 captures the depth of our collective aspirations and desire for impact in all that we do through five institutional priorities:

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A Transformative Year: Looking to the Future

Operating both virtually and in-person as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has capitalized on its world-leading infectious disease research and longstanding culture of interdisciplinary collaboration. Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats continues to draw international networks of experts to consider pressing issues facing our communities. In addition to advancing research excellence across the campus, we are positioning Canada as a global leader in this critically important area. In terms of our faculty, students and staff we have retained the flexibility of hybrid working and learning models, where possible, to ensure an excellent and varied student experience. We have also made significant advances in our work to embed an inclusive approach throughout our operations, and to engage diverse communities. Our focus on sustainability has accelerated with the launch of our first institutional Sustainability Strategy and a number of associated initiatives.

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Priority 1: Inclusive Excellence Learn More

Aspire to embed an inclusive approach that intentionally engages and respects a diversity of peoples, perspectives and ways of knowing in everything we do.

Priority 2: Teaching and Learning Learn More

Further advance and support innovation in teaching and learning, within and beyond the classroom, and across disciplines and Faculties, to elevate teaching as a professional discipline and equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a transformative impact on our world.

Priority 3: Research and Scholarship Learn More

Be the go-to place for world-class researchers and collaborators who share our values and commitment to working together across disciplines, sectors, and borders to develop knowledge, tackle global issues and advance human understanding.

Priority 4: Engaging Local, National, Indigenous and Global Communities Learn More

Further develop and expand our network of longstanding and respectful partnerships with communities, partners, research collaborators, and supporters, locally, nationally and globally for the benefit of all.

Priority 5: Operational Excellence Learn More

Enable the administrative operations of the university to most effectively support the institutional vision and aspirations of our community of researchers, scholars, teachers and learners.

Institutional Priorities and Strategic Goals 2021-2022
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