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Institutional Priorities and Strategic Goals: 2022-2023


McMaster Institutional Priorities and Strategic Goals

McMaster University continues to maintain its international reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and learning, innovation, and creativity. This year, McMaster was again one of only two universities in Ontario, and one of only four in Canada, to be ranked among the world’s top 100 universities (Times Higher Education). McMaster ranked 33rd in the world for global impact in the 2023 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, a global metric that assesses universities’ progress in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


Furthermore, McMaster continues to stand out as one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities, ranking second in both graduate student research intensity and faculty research intensity, according to Research Infosource.

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 the advancement of 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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Looking to the Future

McMaster focuses on areas of strategic importance. In addition to advancing research excellence across the campus, we are positioning Canada as a global leader in critically important areas like electric vehicles, infectious disease research and nuclear medicine. We are focused on expanding our innovation ecosystem to support student and faculty entrepreneurs and strengthen McMaster’s capacity as a biotechnology leader in our community and our region. We are continuing to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in increasingly digital learning and work environments through the launch of our digital learning strategy and the establishment of the Generative AI Taskforce. This is exploring how McMaster can adapt and incorporate rapidly evolving artificial intelligence technologies, such as ChatGPT, into our teaching and learning practice. We have also made significant advances in our goals to embed an inclusive approach throughout our operations, and to engage diverse communities. Our focus on sustainability has remained a priority as we continue to work towards a net-zero carbon campus. As a result of the many efforts and initiatives undertaken by students, staff and faculty across McMaster, we are on track to cut our total carbon emissions on campus by more than 40% by the end of 2024 over 2018 levels. This report includes many further examples of our collective progress toward achieving these and all the university’s institutional priorities and strategic goals.

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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 2022-2023
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