Skip to McMaster Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to main content
McMaster logo


Teaching for a Brighter World

At McMaster, we’re advancing human and societal health and well-being.

We do that through innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Combined with groundbreaking research and a commitment to collaboration, faculty, staff and students are working together to find creative solutions to complex challenges.

We’re pioneers of problem-based learning – a unique, hands-on approach to learning that originated in our medical school in 1969 and has been adopted throughout the university and around the world.

Joe Kim and students

Our commitment to students has most recently been recognized with a Global Teaching Excellence Award from the Higher Education Academy in partnership with Times Higher Education.

The 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award recognizes McMaster’s rich history of educational innovation, our award-winning educators and our commitment to making Canada’s most research-intensive university a world leader in teaching and learning. Highlighting our experiential learning opportunities, our global engagement and the work of the MacPherson Institute, this international award honours our ongoing responsibility to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.

Global Teaching Excellence Award Logo

Information Box Group

Approach Learn More

At McMaster, our innovative approach to teaching and learning has created a community of creative problem solvers ready to tackle the world’s challenges.

Teaching Innovation Learn More

Innovation in teaching and learning has been woven into the fabric of McMaster for decades.

Stories Learn More

McMaster continues to provide leadership in teaching and learning, developing and embracing new technologies, methods and best practices.

Awards Learn More

Our instructors have received national, international and university recognition for their work in the classroom and beyond.

MacPherson institute logo

We were one of the first universities in Canada to create a centre specifically dedicated to the practice of teaching and learning on campus.

That work continues with the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching, which promotes effective teaching practices through research and professional development.