Oct. 28, 2004

McMaster University recognized for achievements in internationalization

Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition prepares students for a global world

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Claire Morris, President of AUCC; Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University; Imre Szeman, Director of Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition; Susan Elliott, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; and Denis Jackson, District Vice President of Scotiabank, Ottawa & West Quebec. Photo credit: Mike Pinder.

Hamilton, ON - Providing students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and perspectives they need to live, work and communicate in a changing international environment is an integral part of a McMaster University education.

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC), established at McMaster to promote and support research on globalization, social change and the human condition, was recognized Wednesday evening by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) for its achievements in internationalization.

The Scotiabank-AUCC Awards for Excellence in Internationalization recognize initiatives that most strongly demonstrate excellence in positive effects on students’ learning, innovative approaches, and broad impact. The IGHC has been informing students about globalization and involving them in the study of globalization since its founding in 1998.

Imre Szeman, director of the IGHC, says, “We at the Institute try to make the university experience truly reflective of the incredible challenges and opportunities that the next generation of Canadians will face. The world is already globalized beyond the imaginings of even the generation before it. This award recognizes our part in the ongoing process of reshaping and redefining university curricula everywhere.”

McMaster University, one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 20,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries around the world.