Global Engagement to Enhance Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity 26 March 2019 / 15:20 - 16:20

Global Engagement to Enhance Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity 26 March 2019 / 15:20 - 16:20

Prof Peter Mascher Presenter
Room 303


Global Engagement to Enhance Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

During an unprecedented period of growth and development around the globe we are at the same time experiencing greater levels of anxiety and cultural divisiveness. Now more than ever is it essential to examine our institutions of higher learning and consider the impact of global engagement when looking for solutions that will enhance greater diversity of thought, innovation and mutually beneficial growth. From a higher education perspective, this includes research, faculty engagement, student initiatives and involvement with the private sector and government. In Canada, many higher education institutions have incorporated policies and are building capacity and support systems that encourage diversity of students and researchers as well as greater community engagement. At McMaster, this is manifested by the development of new interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral initiatives that look to contribute to and benefit society’s peaceful development. Examples include the Institutes of Health Equity and Policy, and Globalization and the Human Condition, as well as the recently established Socrates Project, aimed at being a dynamic “point of convergence” for the city, the arts, and the university to come together across disciplines, traditions, and ideologies to address the pressing questions of our time and generate powerful visions for the future we want.

1. Importance of a shared desire to collaborate, mentor, and exchange ideas to building a better and more inclusive society
2. Importance of global engagement to enabling greater diversity of thought, innovation and mutually beneficial growth
3. Importance of international interdisciplinary research collaborations with local impact
4. Importance of cooperation among many levels of stakeholders in academia, the private sector and government organizations



Prof Peter Mascher
Vice-Provost, International Affairs
McMaster University

Peter Mascher holds a PhD from the Graz University of Technology (Austria) and joined McMaster University in 1989. Since 2014 he is overseeing McMaster’s International Portfolio as Vice-Provost, International Affairs. He holds the William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dr Karen Schwartz
Interim Associate Vice-President (Research and International) and International Liaison Officer
University of Carleton 

Prof Andrew T S Wee
Vice President,
University and Global Relations,
National University of Singapore,

Singapore Professor Andrew Wee is Professor of Physics, and Vice President (University and Global Relations) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is President and Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), Fellow of the Institute of Physics UK (IoP), Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS), and an academician of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM). He is an Associate Editor of ACS Nano, and on the Editorial Boards of several other journals. He holds a BA (Honours) and MA in Physics from the University of Cambridge, and DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Dr Johannes Dingler
Director International Office,
University of Konstanz,

Johannes Dingler studied political science, sociology and philosophy in Germany, Canada and France and received his PhD at the Free University Berlin, Germany. He gained working experience in development and civil peace keeping projects in Kenya, Bosnia und East Timor. He founded the Welcome Center for international researchers at the University of Konstanz and was the director of the Welcome Center for eight years. Since May 2017 he is director of the International Office of the University of Konstanz.