President's Message

Strategic Planning Directions

In the summer of 1995 at the beginning of Peter George's term as President of McMaster University, a Statement of Mission and Vision, Directions, was developed.


At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.


To achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation, and excellence.

Since 1995, Directions II and Directions III have been produced. Each document focused on different aspects of the University, but the guiding principles have remained the same:

The Mission and Vision statements established in Directions I remain reference points in the planning process. They are also opportunities for us to mould our internal university culture and to recast our image in our external environment. Finally, the mission and vision we have chosen are intended to capture values with which all of us can be proud to be associated.