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Welcome to McMaster and to the Office of the President. The University's website provides a wealth of information about the mission and vision of the University, its innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and supporters who make up the McMaster community. I was privileged to become a member of this community in July 2010, when I began my term as President and Vice-Chancellor. More

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Principle 1

We are an institution devoted to the cultivation of human potential, which we believe cannot be realized by individuals in isolation from one another, from their history or their imagined future, from the society which surrounds them, or from the physical universe which sustains them. Our programs and activities will reflect this comprehensive view.

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Principle 2

It follows that in defining our strengths and seeking to build on them, we will adopt a multidisciplinary perspective, recognizing that even the most specialized problem requires an appropriately broad-based approach.

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Principle 3

Our future shall be continuous and consistent with our past, expanding upon and fulfilling the historic character of McMaster as an institution. We will foster the distinct identity of this university, while at the same time continuing to recognize the importance of collaboration and dialogue with sister institutions in Ontario, Canada, and abroad.

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Principle 4

Notwithstanding that commitment to continuity with the past and to coordination with practices elsewhere, we will place the highest value on original thought and on innovation.

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Principle 5

To that end, we will not only reaffirm the importance of radical questioning at the heart of the academic enterprise, but we will ensure the integrity of our work by bringing a critical view to all of our practices-those which bear directly upon education and research as well as those less directly related to it.

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Principle 6

Wherever possible, we will reduce or eliminate obstacles to cooperation.

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Principle 7

We will acknowledge, and seek to integrate in all our work and in ways appropriate to our specific fields, an obligation to serve the greater good of our community-locally, nationally, and globally.

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Welcome!

Patrick Deane
Patrick Deane

Welcome to McMaster and to the Office of the President. The University's website provides a wealth of information about the mission and vision of the University, its innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and supporters who make up the McMaster community. I was privileged to become a member of this community in July 2010, when I began my term as President and Vice-Chancellor.

McMaster has achieved a great deal since its founding was made possible by a generous gift from Senator William McMaster in 1887. From its inception the University's aim has been to develop and realize the potential both of individuals and of society at large. This remains our essential purpose and as an institution we are committed to serving the public good through the provision of education, the undertaking of research, and engagement with the broader community of which we are a part.

As well as providing us with a sense of purpose, our history also challenges us to think creatively and effect the positive changes that have allowed us to develop and grow as an institution. This webpage contains information about the University's priorities, the current initiatives underway, and the key principles that guide us in our efforts to realize these goals. You will also find my monthly video conversations, information on upcoming events, and recent reports.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our website and that you find the information you seek. Whether you join us from across the campus, or from the other side of the world, I am proud to welcome you to our community.


Dr. Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor