McMaster explores international partnerships during trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai

By Erica Balch , March 1, 2017
photo by Kathleen D'Amico     While in Hong Kong, Peter Mascher, McMaster’s associate vice-president, International Affairs (fifth from the left) recently attended an event organized by McMaster’s Alumni Office and held at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao. Consul General, Jeff Nankivell (third from the left), along with a number of McMaster alumni now living in Hong Kong, were in attendance.

Peter Mascher, McMaster’s associate vice-president, International Affairs, is in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week connecting with McMaster alumni and meeting with representatives from some of Hong Kong’s and Mainland China’s top universities.

In Hong Kong, Mascher attended the Annual General Meeting of the McMaster Alumni Executive Committee, Hong Kong branch, organized by McMaster’s Alumni Office and held at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao. Consul General, Jeff Nankivell, along with a number of McMaster alumni now living in Hong Kong, were in attendance.

The trip included a visit to the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s highest ranked comprehensive university with whom McMaster researchers have already produced a number of joint publications. During the visit, Mascher met with Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor to discuss expanding joint academic and research activities in areas such as aging, public health, and business-relevant research on global issues, as well as to explore opportunities for student exchanges.

Mascher also met with Eden Woon, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Pak Wo Leung, Associate Dean of Science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as with Horace H. S. Ip, Vice-President (Student Affairs) and Dr. David X. Cheng, Associate Vice-President for Global Services at City University of Hong Kong. Both meetings focused on developing and expanding current activities and identifying new areas of potential partnership, including creating opportunities for student mobility.

The trip will wrap up later this week with a visit to Shanghai where Mascher will take part in an alumni event and will meet with representatives from Fudan University to discuss cooperation in the areas of information and environmental science, and advanced education of medical professionals. He will also visit Shanghai International Studies University to explore possible cooperation in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics, and Management.

McMaster’s Peter Mascher met with Pak Wo Leung, Associate Dean of Science (left) and Eden Woon, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement (right) during a visit to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.McMaster’s Peter Mascher met with Pak Wo Leung, Associate Dean of Science (left) and Eden Woon, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement (right) during a visit to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.